I thought I'd share with you a recipe for Three Sister Soup. This is the soup I make every Autumnal Equinox, to celebrate Mabon or 'The Second Harvest'. (Lammas - August 1st -being the first harvest, and Samhain - Halloween - being the 3rd or final harvest). The Three Sisters are corn, beans and squash, all traditionally grown together in a wonderfully symbiotic relationship. The corn becomes a support for the beans; the beans add nitrogen to the soil to fertilize the corn and squash; the squash acts as mulch for the corn and beans, shading the soil and base of the other plants. These three are harvested at the same time (right now!), and eaten together form a complete protein. (Well, really the corn & beans are a complete protein, but I couldn't leave out sister squash & all her yummy vitamins).
Like any recipe I create, it's all very loose. So if you try it out - get creative, season as you like...but don't forget to say a spell, a prayer, or a blessing as the soup is simmering.
Three Sisters Soup
1 cup dry aduki beans (soaked overnight)
1 large onion
Lots of veggie broth OR 2 bullion cubes & water
1-2 strips kombu or wakame (seaweed)
BOIL until the beans are fairly soft, then chop and ADD
4 (approx) large carrots
2 sweet potatoes, peeled
2 delicata squash, peeled
SIMMER for a bit, then ADD spices
lots of cumin & cardomom
some basil, thyme, cayenne (a pinch!), salt, pepper
1-2 cups cooked corn
SIMMER a bit more, until the flavors come together. Serve hot with homemade bread and really good quality butter. Yum!
From this stew of sisters three,
all shall eat in harmony,
and may this warmth stay in the heart,
as we return to home and hearth!
|My sisters! Equinox camping trip 2009|