February 4, 2017 soup No Comments

The Mrs Mash Ministry of Soup

Today, which is National Homemade Soup Day, we have a guest post from the inimitable Mrs Mash aka Marie Louise Cochrane. Soup is very close to our heart and tummy, so we’re delighted to support this fantastic idea.


“Mrs. Mash is on a mission to get the nation making soup,
Peel away your inhibitions, come and join her soupy troupe!”

In April 2017 I will be celebrating 10 years of working in the fields of health promotion and literacy through storytelling, songs and joining in fun as my alter ego “Mrs. Mash the
Storytelling Cook”.

In that time, I have been developing stories, songs and food activities to promote healthy eating and to help children and their families build positive emotional connections with food
that does us good.

In that time, I have found that many people know that eating lots fruit and vegetables is important, but for many reasons it seems that it’s not that easy to do this.

Cheese soup

Many people are unclear about what to eat and what to feed their children.

I was reflecting on what I have learned during this time, wondering how to simplify things and whether there was just one thing I could do that could help people of all ages to become healthier now and in the future.

I asked myself: “What is the most straight forward way to help people in Scotland to eat more veggies?”

My response was “I think we need to eat more soup!”

And so the idea was born: The Mrs. Mash Ministry of Soup.

I am launching a campaign to encourage and support as many people as possible to make and eat their own vegetable soup. Not just children and families. Anybody.

In March I am working with children at St Mary’s Leith Primary in Edinburgh helping them to explore different flavours and try new foods via the magic of soup. In the year ahead I shall
be popping up at markets, festivals and community events getting everyone in the mood for good food.

I would love to connect with soup eaters, soup lovers, soup providers and producers, cooks and soup dragons to share recipes, memories, stories and enthusiasm for soup!

I want to encourage Soup festivals, Pop up soup stalls, “Souper Tuesday” soup sharing at work, Soup in the classroom, Soup ambassadors, Zero Waste soup. Soup for all!!

If you’d like to get involved you can fill in my Six Question Soup Questionnaire or sign up to my newsletter for Souper Recipes and Resources at www.mrsmash.com or email hello@mrsmash.com I’d love to hear your soup stories, ideas and suggestions.

Keep stirring,

Love Mrs. Mash x

Written by BKR