Here, in the midst of Summer, we are finally back to regular posting. Quite honestly, we missed all of you, as well as the process of creating a post, birthing it and releasing it out into the world. Back in June, our initial plan was to take a couple of weeks off from our recipe development projects, especially the creation of so many yeast-based recipes. Between finalizing recipes for our upcoming book and our participation in the wonderful TWD group, we felt a little overwhelmed.
Considering that our personal diets don’t include an abundance of baked goods, our digestive systems demanded a break. Don’t get us wrong, we do eat some bread and other baked goods – just not every day. The recipe that follows fits much more into the way we like to eat, and is also delicious on these extremely hot Summer days.
However, just as our brief Summer break began, our cat Bhakti was diagnosed with a highly advanced and aggressive type of intestinal lymphoma. This news was completely unexpected and devastating, especially in light of the fact that no hope was offered. Conventional treatments, with their many crippling side effects, still only offer at best, a life expectancy of just a few short weeks or months. We spent a significant amount of time researching all options available for Bhakti. The stage of cancer that he is in, apparently only allows for remedial help, i.e. pain relief, anti-inflammatories, etc. We learned that Veterinary Science does not even attempt to seek a cure, but rather hopes to alleviate the accompanying symptoms until the inevitable end arrives; in other words when the drugs fail, the body becomes too toxic, or is no longer able to metabolize the drugs. It is just curious that with all the liberal amounts of money being thrown at our so-called scientists to find a true cure for cancer, none has yet been found. Perhaps, the lucrative incomes derived from the production of pharmaceutical drugs, do not offer a true incentive?
As you might imagine, this has been quite an experience. Having rescued and adopted into our family quite a number of animals over the years, we are very familiar with the journey of life, and the process of birth and death. These cycles are a normal part of life. The question needs to be asked, why as a society at large have we not endeavored to find a truly effective and humane treatment for cancer, both for ourselves and our animal companions?
As of this moment, Bhakti is still alive, supported by holistic veterinary means (turmeric, boswellia and homeopathy) and lots and lots of love. He amazes all of us on a daily basis with his ever present fighting spirit and will to live. His courage is inspiring.
Amidst our work and our care for Bhakti, we were also inundated with massive storms – unheard of sand storms. Remember the wall of dust that hit Phoenix, AZ last year? We came very close to that this summer. Wow! Then followed the hail, as a result of the cooler Northern air moving South, turning the ground white, like a fresh snowfall in Winter. The hail packed a damaging punch, we will have to restucco some walls and have the roof and skylights replaced as a result. Finally, after our prolonged drought, the monsoon has arrived. We are on one hand ecstatic, but on the other, we now get a little nervous every time it rains, due to the damaged roof and walls. Everything is awaiting insurance settlement and ensuing repair. Living in the High Desert Southwest truly is feast or famine, all or nothing. Before this recent monsoon arrived, we went for nearly eight months without a drop of moisture. On the upside, it is finally greening up all around us, like a belated Spring in the midst of Summer.
The excessive heat leading up to our present monsoon has inspired today’s recipe. The mere thought of turning on the stove when it is in the mid to upper 90s everyday is unappealing. Our morning ritual has now become a green energy soup or a green smoothie, but with the abundance of fruit available, a savory fruit soup offers another delicious and easy to make alternative for lunch. You will need a blender (a Vitamix would be nice, but is not necessary – we used a Ninja) and the following ingredients:
Tropical Fruit Gazpacho:
This recipe makes two large servings:
- 1 organic avocado, seeded and chopped
- 2 peeled and diced mangoes
- 2 peeled and segmented organic oranges, or 2 cups freshly squeezed orange juice
- 1 whole organic cucumber, peeled and chopped
- 2 handfuls organic cherry tomatoes
- 1 garlic clove, peeled and minced
- 1 small jalapeño pepper, seeded and chopped
- 1 lime, peeled and segmented
- 3 Tbsp. fresh cilantro, chopped
- 1 Tbsp. organic olive oil
- 1 tsp. Himalaya salt
- 1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
Reserve a small amount of avocado, cucumber, mango, tomato and cilantro for garnish. Blend all the remaining ingredients until smooth. Serve in two large soup bowls and garnish with the reserved ingredients.
This soup offers a surprising and delicious harmony of flavors and might just become something you want to make again and again.