Love of Work and Sauerkraut Soup
At age 35 I choose a different path. I decided to dedicate myself to my work, to create a business that fulfilled a need in our community. I dedicated myself to teaching health, inner peace and well-being. After six years, with the business thriving with 17 teachers on staff, with thousands of students attending classes monthly, and hundreds of teachers graduated from our Schools, I stand with disbelief much the same way a mother gazes into a grown child’s eye; “I cannot believe how much you have grown. I know some of this is my creation, but some of it is simply the child, the community blossoming into a unique individual.”
During this year’s closing ceremony, I counted my blessing and reminded myself that it is worth the endless hours of work, it is worth the dedication, it is worth the missed vacations. Sigmund Freud said that for a happy life we need only two things, work and love. I am lucky that my work provides me with so much love.
One thing my work does not provide me with… time! Much like being a mom, my life is not fully my own. I am always on the run and have responsibilities to other people, but I believe you can eat good food on the run.
Here is a good old-fashioned Hungarian winter soup, that will take you just a few minutes to whip up, and will leave everyone smiling. It is fast, it is easy, and delicious. Full of probiotics from fermented sauerkraut, high in protein, and full of satisfying warmth for a cold winter day.
1 red onion
4 cloves of garlic
1 can diced tomatoes
1 liter of beef stock
5 bay leaves
1 heaping teaspoon of marjoram
1 pound of organic ground beef
1 jar of Sauerkraut
Dice up the red onion and sauté in plenty of butter until translucent. Add the ground beef and cook it all the way through. Then add minced garlic and cook for a few minutes. Once the garlicy onion beef mixture had time to cook a bit, add one can of diced tomatoes, 1 liter of beef stock, 5 bay leaves, marjoram. Cook until boiling, then take it off the heat allow it to stop boiling and then fold in the 1.5 pounds of sauerkraut. Adding the sauerkraut after cooking will allow the probiotics in the cabbage to keep more of their potency!
Serve with plenty of sour cream. You don’t like sour cream, then skip it but you are missing a very good thing. But I can eat a pint of sour cream in one sitting, so clearly, I am bias…
Until next time; do yoga, eat real food, be mindful, work and play hard!