Garlic and Spinach Soup with Poached Egg

Winter Warmer
Making soup reminds me that things don’t always have to be fancy or complicated

I just love soup, not only is it simple and nourishing, it has so many wonderful memories for me.

My Italian grandfather: Orlando Rosadoni, was the most skilled soup maker I have ever come across. “Grandpa soup” as we would call it may have been a simple clear broth with carrots and potatos, or a pasta fagioli thick with borlotti beans and chorizo sausage, whatever the soup of the day it always had an amazing flavor to the last spoonful. Nourishing not only as a result of its ingredients, but also because it was made with loving kindness.

Making soup reminds me that things don’t always have to be fancy or complicated (A point especially relevant in the Gunter household where our two gourmet chef sons are often cooking up something amazing).

Garlic and Spinach Soup with Poached Egg 

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups chicken or veg broth
  • 4 sage leaves
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 4 cloves garlic, sliced + 1 for rubbing on bread
  • Drop of white wine or apple cider vinegar
  • Olive oil for drizzling
  • 2 slices thick crusty Italian bread, toasted and rubbed with garlic
  • 2 eggs
  • Sautéed spinach, silverbeet or kale
  • Freshly ground black pepper and salt

Method:

  • Heat broth in a pot with sage and bay leaves. Once it comes to a boil, remove herbs.
  • Add sliced garlic along with salt to taste. Simmer for 10 mins.
  • Place garlic rubbed toast in base of 2 soup bowls and drizzle with olive oil
  • Crack egg into small cup. Add drop of vinegar to soup, then lightly tip egg into soup. Repeat with 2nd egg. Cook the eggs until whites cooked but yolk soft.
  • Place sautéed greens alongside toast in bowls. Sit eggs on top of toast then ladle soup over egg.
  • Top with freshly ground pepper and drizzle with olive oil.

Serves 2

Reflections of a Yogi

Yin-Yoga, Slow Down, Winter Yin, Relax & Restore
  • The sky is clear and the air has the freshness of a perfect autumn morning as I walk to
    the Belair community centre for Easter Slow Down with Karen from Yoga Garage. I
    feel slightly apprehensive because my experience of yoga, thus far, has been somewhat
    mixed. I have always hoped to feel the connection of mind, body and spirit that many
    people describe as a benefit of yoga; however, I have not yet found the type of practice
    that meets both my physical and spiritual needs.
    A handwritten sign at the door welcomes all yogis and bids us to “come in and breathe,
    let busyness melt away and SLOW DOWN.” It’s a timely reminder that I am here to
    relax, restore and rejuvenate mind and body. I am further reassured by Karen’s warm
    smile. Her simultaneous passion for and approach to yoga make me feel instantly that
    this is where I am meant to be right now.
    We start by gently stretching each joint. My mind is busily collecting information about
    my surroundings. It takes in: the brightness and airiness of the space; the soft music
    playing in the background; the chirping of the lorikeets and the hum of the traffic; the
    scent of essential oils mingling in the air. As is usual for me, my imagination flies at top
    speed; it lights on small details for a moment before blending them to create various
    narratives. Yet, my thoughts gradually slow as I enter and hold each pose. Karen
    describes how thoughts, like the foods we eat, are nourishment for the body. Yoga, too,
    is a form of nourishment and this Yin practice aims to strengthen the lungs and digestive
    system for the coming season.
    I breathe, feeling tension where I did not know it was held. While the sun streaming
    through the windows casts an ethereal light across the room, it lacks the warmth it
    promises and goose bumps rise on my skin. Unfortunately, I have already used my
    blanket as additional padding beneath what I soon realised was a pathetically thin mat
    bought with aesthetic more than pragmatism. Karen seems to sense my discomfort and I
    feel her gently drape a blanket over me – the beauty of Yin yoga being that its long-held
    poses may be held beneath a blanket and with the body supported by various props.
    The session lasts for two hours; yet, I lose all sense of time passing and we transition
    into the final pose: savasana. Lying on my back with my legs supported by a bolster and
    the comforting weight of the blanket over my body, this is seemingly the easiest and
    most relaxed pose. However, I am acutely aware of pain in my lower back, the bright
    light and my mind returning to busyness. Again, Karen intuitively provides exactly what I
    need: an eye mask, with a woody, sweet scent. I let myself relax into the moment.
    By namaste, I feel a curious combination of rejuvenation and fatigue. This may be
    because yoga encompasses physical and spiritual work; although, further practice is
    required for me to test this hypothesis. Regardless, I feel calm and settled, nourished
    and supported. This could be the beginning of something beautiful.
    Genevieve Seys
    Genevieve is a resident of Belair who has recently discovered the healing potential of yoga.
    When she is off the mat, she is a freelance editor who helps business professionals to deliver
    their content with style and precision.
    Find her on Facebook or contact: gseyseditor@gmail.com
     
  • Yin-Yoga, Easter Slow Down, Autumn Yin, Relections of a Yogi
    Reflections of a yogi:
    My Yin Yoga Experience

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Let your mind & body unwind & come into harmony

Let your mind & body unwind and come into harmony with the vibration and sounds of Crystal bowls, Himalayan bowls, Gong, Cosmic Tones and gentle percussion
No effort is required as a divine sound scape is created to hold space……simply lay back, breathe and relax, allowing a release and renewal of your being

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When: Saturday 4th March, 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Where: Nunyara Chapel, 5 Burnell Drive Belair (just below Yoga Garage)
Cost: $30

About our presenters:
Michelle Byrne is a performing musician and chantress, and a qualified Sound Therapist through the British Academy of Sound Therapy. She also holds a Diploma of Music after having studied at TAFE and Adelaide Conservatorium of Music. Michelle is joined by her husband James Byrne, musician and musical instrument maker- he is the creator of Cosmic Tone Instruments. Together they have performed Shanti Sound Therapeutic Soundbaths since 2012, and they have been performing in their musical duo Imijri together since 2008.

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