Potato Fennel Leek Soup for the Soul

IMG_0283Many of you already know this, but for those of you who don’t, I  used to be a chef.  After gaining my A.S. degree in Culinary Arts I had many fun interesting jobs cooking in Florida, the Caribbean, France (for a few weeks) and here in Washington.  My passion for wellness isn’t just with bodywork and massage but also the nutritious food that fuels the body and assists in overall health.  The weather this weekend is very wet and blustery here in Port Townsend and when I am cold and hungry I want soups.   Any and all soups are my favorite food so I grasp at any excuse to get out my soup pot and create.  Here is a warming delicious soup recipe I just made for my family from the Vegan World Fusion Cuisine Cookbook. I am currently vegan but you can make this with cream.

Potato Fennel Leek Soup

25 min prep/20 minutes cooking/ Serves 5-8

2Tbl Olive oil

1 C Leeks, white part only washed and sliced into half moons

1/2 C Fennel bulb, roughly chopped

2 Tbl minced Garlic

6 C Water or broth

2 medium potatoes, rinsed and chopped  (2 1/2 Cups)

1 C Soy Milk

1 Tbl Italian parsley, minced

2 tsp or to taste  Shoyu (or soy sauce)

salt to taste

Black pepper to taste

pinch of cayenne

  1. Place oil in 3 qt pot on medium heat.  Add garlic, leek and fennel and cook for 5 minutes stirring frequently.  Add potatoes and water or broth if using, cook until soft approximately 20 minutes.  Then stir in Soy milk.
  2. Remove from heat and allow to cool 10-15 minutes.  Carefully blend in batches or use a hand blender in the pot.  Add seasonings and serve.

Port Townsend Massage Joins Chamber of Commerce

jefferson county chamber of commerceIt’s a pleasure to announce that Port Townsend Massage has joined the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce!

Being part of the community as a small business is an honor and privilege! Port Townsend Massage looks forward to networking with all the local businesses and being a strong asset to the community and the preferred provider of massage therapy services.

Our mission at Port Townsend Massage is to cater to today’s career and entrepreneurial professional to help them focus, have higher productivity and achieve life/work balance. Massage has helped millions of people every year with pain, tension and stress management. We look forward to helping the community continue to be healthy and relaxed.

Here’s the write-up in the September issue of the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce! And thank you to the existing members for the warm welcome!


Quiet the Mind, Soothe the Sole

shutterstock_146886605Mondays are often the toughest day of the week. After Sunday’s night anxiety of returning to work, many are left feeling completely drained from their day on Monday. The lack of sleep, the overload at work, and the seemingly unending list of projects and tasks all seem to accumulate on Monday evening. Plus, the nagging pain from slipping on those high heels just got you again.

Oh, but gentle reader, there’s an answer to all of these waves of emotion and stress. It’s called getting a massage on a Monday. You can quiet the mind, and soothe the sole (your feet, that is).

Those that get a massage on a Monday (or even a Tuesday) are so wise – they’re able to actually enjoy their workweek with a smile. They’ve been able to take everything that was stressing them out during the day on Monday and refocus. They feel energized once again, ready to take on whatever is in their path. Plus, those happy, once-tired feet now bring a spring to their step as they waltz down the hallway to the water cooler.

Quiet the mind and soothe YOUR soles. A massage may just be the one thing missing out of your workweek to help you sparkle like sun on snow. The aromatherapy, the soothing oils that nourish and hydrate your skin… the connection of a therapist’s hands on your sore, tight spots from a stressful day. Massage is what helps make work (and life) fun.

What are you still doing here… reading? Go click around on the website and schedule that massage!


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