Regardless of the season, there’s something calming about soup. It makes you slow down a bit, wait for the intense, right-off-the-stove heat to pass, then carefully take a taste. It’s second nature to me to wrap my hands around the bowl, almost in prayer to the soup gods. Eating soup is meditation in a bowl.
This summer has been exceptionally chaotic and in the midst of it, I decided to attempt a moment of calm with some tomato soup. I added an Indian flair with some curry powder and coconut milk. The immersive smell of curry in the house also just feels like a wonderful embrace.
When the soup was ready and I finally wrapped my hands around my bowl and sipped on the soup, the brightness from the tomato and the heat from the spices brought me a sense of calm and happiness that smoothed the chaos of the day, just for a moment.