Guest post and photos by Kim in Pasadena, California.
I have to give credit to a broken vase.
I know it’s odd, but without that broken vase and the need to replace it, I would not have been in line at the store, new vase in hand. And I would not have met a woman behind me, who introduced herself as Diane and asked what I was going to do with the vase. I told her my story about replacing the vase, and she shared her story about looking for warm weather clothes for a trip to Washington DC.
We traded information, and began speaking by phone and e-mailing often, sometimes about life stuff, but most often about food.
During a routine medical exam and testing, Diane learned that she had breast cancer. After surgery and the dreadful hospital food, Diane asked if I could create a soup that was made with broccoli, spinach, asparagus and ginger –- all ingredients that would help rebuild her body and spirit.
The items didn’t seem to make a defining flavor profile and needed something to give them a unifying theme. One of the things that I do know about ginger is that it plays well with sesame oil. This would give the soup an Asian feel and was just the pantry item that I needed to make this work.