Have you watched my recent Soup Session videos with my soup sister, Julie Burford and her granddaughter, Julia? They give you a lovely feel for the joy of stirring up soup with friends. This one is different; it’s a work session with my colleague Marti Wolfson, a gifted chef/educator who teaches chefs and health care professionals, offers corporate seminars, and workshops and, to the point here, is a very special personal chef.
I mentored Marti back in the day, and I get such a kick out of the fact that in this session she’s teaching me. Don’t you love it? Wait until you see what a delicious lesson it is!
Marti has unique gifts as an educator. Not only does she have a master’s in Functional Nutrition, but she has an innate sense of how to be very creative about getting somebody to eat who can’t. She has dedicated much of her career to working with people who, because of illness, need to be re-connected to food.
In this Soup Session video, she tells the story of a 11-year-old girl who due to illness was struggling with her appetite and getting nourishment into her body. Marti calculated she could eat soup, but it would have to be a blended soup, and that she’d need robust flavor to keep her interested.
Marti is extraordinarily creative about concocting things — the mark of a really great cook! Expect the unexpected as Marti walks us through her intuitive thought process and intriguing culinary solutions to the challenging puzzle of how to nourish this young girl. She infuses this soup with as much flavor as possible because she needs her to eat!
Like a musician creating a song, in cooking for this girl, Marti is conjuring something unique to nourish and heal her. It makes me want to cry, actually. Watch and listen to how she does it!
And, by the way, the soup was just addicting. I couldn’t stop eating it!
What an honor to have her in my kitchen! She is a bright light in the world of food and healing.