Spicy Peach Soup – For Intrigue

Why Is Peaches The Food Of Communication?

Peaches are basically the stone fruit of the summer. It’s seasonal and if you find it in winter – it’s wiser to stay away from it because it’s been forced to grow and usually lack the peachy nutrients. The sweet sour and mouth watering fruit is basically perfect for a team building session to crack the ice wide open.

Why ?

The answer is simple because peaches are the communicators of the fruit world.

How ?

  • Tyrosine – an amino acid that triggers the production of dopamine or in the brain world known as the motivation hormone. The trigger of Dopamine – reduces stress and anxieties usually faced in a large social gathering .Especially if everyone feels a little like fish out of the water. This hormone induces the need to interact and communicate – to share and to enjoy. It increases energy levels similar to a shot of espresso.

  • Rich in Folic Acid – Vitamin B9, an important vitamin that necessarily needed by the brain to produce DNA, neurotransmitters, cellular detoxification and proper formation of nervous system especially during development

– Folic Acid basically functions as an anti-depressant to your brain. In a controlled experiment it’s been proven that lack of folic acid in the brain has been the main insignia for people suffering from depression. In these controlled studies patient who hasn’t improved from depression – showed a significant difference after increasing the intake of folic acid.

So how do you use it in a team-building session?

A minor form of depression is part of the human brain – it’s an omnipresent thing that relates to daily lifestyle, work, and stress. Although it may not be prominent – but after a long day of work or even a long week of work, it becomes a benign factor but a present factor in the human brain.

Therefore, in a team building session – increasing the intake of folic acid, it balances the hormones – increasing serotonin and reducing cortisol ( stress hormone ) – which allows people to feel more comfortable and increasing creativity and communication topics. The brain starts absorbing more of the positive aspects of the communication instead of shying away or feeling irritated.

Hence, if team building is about increasing the harmony of a team wouldn’t it be just right to eliminate the hormones that stand in the way?

Plus a long-term practice – improves memory and eliminates the risk of dementia.

So How Do You Make An Amazing Serving Of Spicy Peach Soup?

Serves 4

Time It Consumes – 1 Hour Including Prep

Paired with White Wine or Elder Berry Cider ( Alcoholic or Non-Alcoholic)

Ingredients

  • A Tsp Ginger
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic
  • A Small Onion
  • 1 Onion – Preferably Red For Stronger Flavor
  • 2 Tsp of Curry Powder
  • 2-3 Tsp of Paprika Powder
  • 1 Tsp of Cinnamon
  • ½ Tsp of Honey
  • 1 Tsp of Turmeric
  • 2 Peaches ( Choose Peaches That are sweet and sour at the same time )
  • 2 – 3 Tablespoon of Lime Juice ( If using lemon 1-2 is enough)
  • A teaspoon of lemon/lime zest
  • 10-20 ml of milk
  • A cup of yogurt
  • 2-3 Bell peppers (grilled for the charred flavor)
  • Chili flakes according to preference
  • 1-2 Tbsp of oil ä (Rasp oil)
  • Handful of Mint

Methodology

  • Dice the onions, garlic, and ginger and if I have some jalapeno peppers I might use them too. However, I have a niche for spicy food.
  • Char the bell peppers and dice them up – leave it aside for later.
  • Dice the peaches to medium size so it will be easier to cook and blend.
  • Squeeze the lemon juice and grate the lemon zest and leave it aside.
  • Now, to start cooking – heat a pan, personally, I prefer using a wok with oil and add in the ginger, onions,garlic.
  • Once you see them browning add in the spices- paprika, curry, cinnamon and chili powder. Stir them around until they’re evenly caramelized.
  • Now add in the peaches and mint, and give them a beautiful stir. As you notice the peaches absorbing the color of the spices – add your lemon juice, honey and zest to go with it.
  • Continue stirring and add in your milk and yogurt. Let them thicken and form an even coating. Once you notice the change – add the bell peppers, mint and chili flakes according to your preference . Give them a quick stir and leave them on the stove for about 1-2 min.
  • Remove them from the heat and let them cool off.
  • Once you’re comfortable with the heat – blend them until they form a smooth silky texture and store them in the fridge for about 10-15 min.