A bowl of 'liquid gold' please?

Johannesburg, July 12 – Soup is to winter what ice cream is to a hot summer’s day. Warm,spicy and filling. It’s the ultimate cold weather comfort food. One Johannesburg mom has turned simple soups into gourmet meals.
A few of Tracy’s gourmet soups makes a colourful array on the table. Soup n’ Stuff has a variety of 65 different homemade soups.
A pot of steaming chunky lamb soup sits on the stove. Soup n’ Stuff has a variety of 65 different homemade soups.
Alexi pours soup into a container. The soups are then left out to cool before being packaged and frozen.
Containers of freshly made tomato soup cool on the kitchen counter. Soup n’ Stuff has a variety of 65 different homemade soups.
There is a vegan and vegetarian range of soups available. Soup n’ Stuff has a variety of 65 different homemade soups.
A bowl of sweet potato, butternut and ginger soup sits on the table. Tracy spent a few months working on the balances.
Alexi Kitay checks on the red bell peppers that have been roasting in the oven. All soups are made with fresh produce.
A customer at the Jozi Food Market stops at Soup n’ Stuff’s stall to have a look at the different soups available. Depending on the season, there is usually a variety of 65 different homemade soups available.
Soups are packaged and then stored in the freezer. Soup n’ Stuff has a variety of 65 different homemade soups.
A few of Tracy’s gourmet soups makes a colourful array on the table. Soup n’ Stuff has a variety of 65 different homemade soups.
Tracy takes a break beside her soups. Soup n’ Stuff has a variety of 65 different homemade soups.

Johannesburg, July 11 – As winter sweeps through the country, what better way to spend it than cosy under a blanket, with a warm bowl of soup?

Well, for one Johannesburg lady and her daughter, the weather doesn’t play any role in it being a worthy day for some good broth; rather all that’s needed is pots of passion and a sprinkle of imagination.

Known as the soup lady, Tracy Lipschitz and her daughter, Alexi Kitay, have spent a mere four years inventing more than 60 different types of home-made soups. 

“We’ve got approximately 65 different soups, we have a vegetarian range, a vegan range, a meat, chicken and fish range and shellfish too,” says the bubbly Tracy. 

And it isn’t just the diversity of ingredients that make Soup n’ Stuff’s broths stand out from the usual canned soups picked up from the grocery store.  These soups are made with fresh produce, with special attention to detail paid to every pot of brew.  

“These soups are all home-made, they are preservative free, they are mostly free-range chicken and meat, they are organic vegetables as much as possible.  My soups are, if its tomato, then it’s made with tomato, it isn’t thickened with potato it isn’t thickened with flour. It is what it says it is,” says Tracy,  

From a creamy broccoli with mint, to a hearty oxtail and butternut soup and a soothing salmon chowder, Tracy says the most innovative mixture she has come up with is her pomegranate with meatballs soup. 

But the hard work isn’t just coming up with the ingredient mixtures, executing those ideas may lead to hours of stirring every day.  

“With about 4kgs of onion, it can take up to an hour or so of sitting and stirring, so you try to do other things in between, but you just have to constantly keep an eye on it, so it doesn’t start burning,” says Alexi. 

There are no complaints though, because for Tracy and Alexi, seeing the faces of their content customers at the Jozi Food Market in Parkhurst, make it worthwhile. 

One customer enjoys the soups so much that she refers to it as “liquid gold”. 

“I think the soup is absolutely fantastic and the fact that there’s this entire range is just amazing.  Tracy is really… she makes liquid gold,” gushes Lauren McDermid.  

For most of us, winter is usually the time for a comforting bowl of soup.  But for Tracy and her daughter, every day, is soup day. 

Check out the video and gallery of Tracy and Alexi at work making and selling soups.

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