As we thaw out from the cold winter and begin to sprout with spring, it is good to remember the exuberance of summer is not yet here. Even as we joyously play in the unbelievably warm february sun, Yang is still young. Yin is aging and the warm nature of these two classic polarities is slowly growing. Or sprouting rather like your seed in the window for your early summer garden.
It is REALLY easy to over-do right now. I know, it looks soooo tempting to expend every little big of energy we have has stored up over winter in one sweet 75 degree sunny weekend. And, this is how we can just as easily crash into an exhausted sun-soaked state and pick up some springtime cold or flu.
This is a bright simple soup that is created to balance and nourish during this change of season. The sour and fragrant lemon add a sharpness that activates and nourishes the liver out of stagnancy and eases its blood cleansing duties. The fennel and potatoes serve the spleen and bring roots back to your feet after you have dizzied yourself with activity. Using a good, non-bleached salt brings balance to your electrolytes along with the potassium in the potatoes. If you have experience with Chinese herbs, try adding a little Yi Yi Ren, or Jobs Tears to the soup to nourish and dry out the dampness of winter.
Refreshing and nourishing. An investment for your immune system. So that you can endure the next amazingly beautiful day!