Mia is my smart as a whip, 24 year old hipster niece who lives in Brooklyn, NY. When she came to visit me in California, she agreed to shoot a soup session with me, which was incredibly fun, since we started cooking together when she was 8 or 9. The first thing I taught her how to make was risotto.
How gratifying for me that she’s always been so interested in cooking, and a result she has pretty darn good culinary chops!
Her friends are all into it. She’s been having potluck dinners since she was 18. This is just the way she has always rolled.
I sent her the pages for my new Clean Soups book before it was published, just to take a glance at. I have to show her the photography, of course, since she’s a photography rep. She has an amazing eye. She started making the soups immediately, starting with the gazpacho and moving her way through. But the one thing she had never made? Only my most famous recipe of all time: Magic Mineral Broth.
During this soup session, we focused on how EASY it is to make the MMB, and we talked about her generation, time, and why she cooks. She cooks for her health and well-being, but also because it’s SO much less expensive and she lives in NYC. When she comes home from work at 8 o’clock at night, she wants something to EAT! So she batch cooks on weekends. It’s strategic for her.
If you’d like to be a clever, strategic batch cooker like Mia, you have to have the broths down. You make a big pot, freeze it in quart jars, and you have the hard part of your soup DONE. Defrost (easy). Chop and assemble your soups ingredients (easy). Simmer on the stove (heartwarming). Come home from work and eat homemade soup (yum!).
The sweetest text message came across my phone a few days ago. “Feeling down today. Came home. Made risotto using my homemade broth.”
I replied, “There’s nothing like being behind the stove and making risotto with your own homemade broth to make yourself feel better.”
She’s now an MMB convert.
Watch how simple it is to make this delicious broth, and I hope you’ll be a convert, too!
There’s a lovely preview tour of Clean Soups, too. Be sure to watch the fun out takes at the end if you want to see my darling kitchen dogs, Lola and Blossom make their appearance at the stove.
Sometimes people wait to start cooking. Someday, they think…
Learn from Mia about making a commitment to not just soup-making, but cooking as a life skill: a way to nourish yourself, nourish your friends and make your way in the world.