Wandering Sol Sessions- Made for Mothers Jessica Smouha
This series is called SOL Sessions. What is it that you do that makes your SOL sing?
Being a mother. Absolutely this has been the most blessed experience in my life! And definitely cooking. I love to cook so much – it makes me the happiest woman alive ; ) Add to that some old rock and roll on my record player and my family waiting to be fed and I am very much SOL singing!!
Tell us about your career path. How did you get to where you are now?
It’s been a colourful journey and each layer overlaps which is very beautiful.
From a background in photography that took me to Sri Lanka where I was.an aid worker following the Tsunami. I fell in love with this island and with my cousin I started a sustainable fashion label which we made with ladies whom we helped following the devastation.
We grew out of those grass roots eventually and i feel like the high level of health that I discovered living in Sri Lanka and becoming a part owner of a thriving health retreat over there, pushed me towards studying nutrition which is now an extension of me and everything I do.
What does living a Soulful life mean, or look like to you?
Being happy with yourself and at peace with the way life is. Giving to others and especially the next generation as the state of the world is their legacy.
How important is creativity in your day to day life?
Fundamental. I am such a creative soul and expressing myself creatively - which is mainly through my cooking - is a way to breathe out all I am feeling.
What have been the biggest challenges, or lessons in creating a values aligned business?
I think being authentic is the only way to align with your values otherwise they are just a set of objectives. There can’t be challenges when you are authentic.
Do you have any daily routines that nurture your soul?
Meditation. Swimming in the ocean. Reading books with my girls. Playing music. Hand-rolled incense. Drinking herbal tea. Oh and eating Loco Love chocolate ; )
Talk us through your creative process. Where do you start?
I start by understanding what cuisine I am cooking. Spices, herbs, flavours are very much chosen based on where the dish I am creating has originated from. This is definitely an important foundation and from there I start to choose the medicinal herbs I want to include for their physiological impact. There must be a healing synergy and an overall taste sensation in everything I create and whilst I am a perfectionist I also like to think of my broths and meals as dynamic. They can be adapted and enrich your diet in so many ways.
Finally, tell us about an upcoming project you’re passionate about
I am passionate about the new additions coming to my menu. I have so many idea and directions to take my broth – to summer foods and daily staples – I am excited to bring practical delicious ideas to mothers repertoire so they can feel their full potential! To order your restorative Made for Mothers broth visit https://www.instagram.com/madefor.mothers/