Artsy Upcycled Soup

Last week we had our spectacular annual art event, Art Basel, and, according to The Art Newspaper, the show was “stolen by text and slogans.” One of the biggest attractions was Danish artist Jeppe Hein’s huge framed neon slogan “All I Need Is Less” embedded in a two-way mirror. I did not take of photo of it because of a crowd jostling for a chance to snap pictures of themselves reflected as a background to the text – a perfect selfie! I do question the sincerity of Hein’s artistic expression, though, as three iterations of his masterpiece were sold in one day for upward of $45,000.00 each to private collectors. The piece was immediately replaced by another neon text “All You Are Is the Result of What You Have Thought” with a similar price tag and grabbed within six hours. That’s deep, Beautiful People, but perhaps not as profound as Doug Altken’s  “DRAMA” in sunset colors, two of which sold for $225,000.00 each. Granted, we do have dramatic sunsets in South Florida which you can view on Key West or anywhere else on Florida Keys at dramatically reduced expense while enjoying a Margarita and some real Floridian music.

Please don’t get me wrong; I love modern art, including art that makes meaningful statements.

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This ingenious pointillism in sculpture is a trademark of internationally renown artist Abiola Akintola. In addition to traditional materials, such as clay, wood, and metal, the Nigerian artist makes a crucial statement about environment by using discarded objects found on the streets. I was fortunate to meet “the Green Revolution Artist,” as Abiola is known and hear him speak passionately about people endangering marine life by polluting oceans with plastic.

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Repurposed, recycled, and upcycled objects have been used by quite a few artists represented at the  fair.

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This adorable cat is made of salvaged wood pieces from pld broken Japanese boats. Yeti in the background, as well as many other yetis of different colors and sizes that didn’t make it into the picture, is an upcycled old fur coat with a wooden face. Unfortunately, I am unable to name either the artists or the gallery, as the young lady in charge of this exhibition has promised to e-mail information to me. When she does, I’ll update this post.

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I was less than impressed by proliferation of artists repurposing and/or recycling (I fail to see the distinction) of famous personages. The “Wide Big Eyes” Salvatore Dali, part of the series by Michelle Vella, was one of the five Dali images by different artists.

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“Un Salvador” by Maximiliano Bagnasco, as the artist himself assured me, speaking with a lovely Italian accent, expresses un tributo to the founder of modern art. I refrained from asking whether he has ever contemplated a tribute to Picasso or Modigliani, among others.

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A more meaningful artistic statement by Laura Villareal, also created of recycled objects, engenders thoughts of embracing our world, our only home, and preserving it for future generations.

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A deeply meaningful “On the Edge” by Korean artist Ki-Woong Park makes one realize how precarious our existence is, on the precipice of known and unknown catastrophes.

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In my humble kitchen, I also try to repurpose and upcycle anything I can. I love veggie juices. Generally, I would throw in bits and pieces of everything I find in my vegetable bin, add a huge carrot or two, and press the button. Out the front of the juicer comes delicious fresh liquid lunch. Out the back – lots of taste, squeezed out to dry fiber. I am not sure whether to define it as repurposing or upcycling, but supplemented by leftovers of corn, beans, celery, parsley and dill stalks, diced tomatoes, and generally, everything else you find in your refrigerator or freezer and don’t see any use for, it’s a winner!

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If you throw it all into a pot (I use Instant Pot), add some Soup Powder and salt and pepper, in about an hour you have a masterpiece of modern art. Sadly, it gets consumed before the next Art Basel!


  • 1 – 2 large carrots, juiced or grated
  • 1 small carrot diced
  • 1/2 beet root, juiced or grated
  • 2-3 kale leaves or handful of spinach, juiced
  • 1 – 2 celery stalks, juiced
  • 1/2 inch ginger, juiced
  • Handful of corn
  • Handful of sweet peas
  • Handful of cut string beans
  • 1 cup of red, pink, or pinto beans
  • 1/2 large soft tomato, diced
  • 1 tablespoon soup powder
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley, dill, cilantro stalks
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Juice or grate vegetables, squeeze juice, put aside.
  • Combine dry leftovers with diced vegetables, add the rest of ingredients, add 4 quarts of water.
  • If using Instant Pot, cook on Manual setting for 30 minutes. In a regular pot, bring to boil, reduce, simmer for 30 minutes.



39 Comments Add yours

  1. Delicious! Love the variety of veggies/beans you’ve used here. Also the addition of ginger.

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Ronit! Your word means a lot to me. Beans are there for protein, obviously, but veggies are literally leftovers that I freeze for further use.

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  2. Your kitchen as art. Wonderful

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    1. Thank you so much, Derrick.

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  3. weggieboy says:

    Soup is fun to make and invariably good no matter what you toss into the mix! This time of year,m too, is perfect soup weather. Add homemade bread and you have a satisfying meal.

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    1. Thank you so much, Doug. Yes, you are having “this time of year.” We have just started “golden season,” when it’s not too hot and humid, but still beach weather. Still, my husband wouldn’t sit down to dinner without soup.


      1. weggieboy says:

        It’s a good way to slowly introduce yourself to the main event! I fear I am still fighting the inclination to gulp a meal down, a behavior going back to when I had a limited time for lunch because of work, but soup, because it is served steaming hot helps change one’s gears to a slower pace. How civilized, eh?!

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      2. I’ve never thought of it this way, but you are right, Doug. Even though there is always a salad or appetizer, my husband always starts with soup, followed by salad or appetizer, and only then the main course. Very perceptive!

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  4. cookingflip says:

    That picture below “On the Edge”–I actually thought was a food art painting/photography at Art Basel–’til I realised it was your dinner, LOL. Cheers to you, Dolly 😉 🍲

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    1. Thank you, darling! That was the idea, to show that food is also art. You got it!

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  5. purpleslob says:

    I don’t see the difference either, Dolly!! Just another way to say reuse!
    My daughter’s recipe for that pie: 1 can pumpkin, 1 can sweetened condensed milk, 1 reg. siZe Cool whip. Mix, cool. Yummy!!

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    1. Thank you for the recipe, dear purple person! Unfortunately, I can only make it for guests, as I can’t have dairy. It sounds sooo good!

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      1. purpleslob says:

        It really was!! My pleasure.

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  6. spearfruit says:

    Love the post. Interesting art Dolly!

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    1. Thank you so much, Gary! There was so much more, obviously, but I am a food writer, not an art critic. I should say, not an art critic anymore.


  7. All art has an expirations date!

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    1. I looked and looked, and I couldn’t find any expiration dates on Michelangelo’s or Leonardo da Vinci’s works…
      Thank you for stopping by, dear Dorothy!

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      1. Ah, in a few thousand years, it may appear…

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      2. One of the “installations” included a real banana attached to the wall. Someone ate it. They replaced it by a new banana. The installation was sold for $120,000.00. I wonder how it would survive a week, let alone a few thousand years, Or will the new lucky owner replace bananas all the time, to keep it fresh?

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      3. It’s true, dear Dorothy!

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  8. That’s a great way to make sure you get the whole vegetable!

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by, dear Mimi!


  9. Joëlle says:

    This post is another masterpiece by Dolly! Modern art has been very dubitative at times… 45,000$??? I thought the expression was “Penny for your thought”! Sorry to say, but the only art some of these artists show is how to use the system for their own benefit. I remember Dali very well from all the years he was on a French commercial for Lanvin chocolate bars:

    Anyway, I enjoyed the photos you shared (especially “On the edge”) and the recipe that went with them. You know how I am all for recycling and repurposing, don’t you, dear neighbor!

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    1. I did , not know about the commercial – hilarious! Thank you for the link, dear Joelle. We have the second largest Dali collection in the world in St Petersburg, Florida. There is also a huge archive of everything pertaining to his life, but I don’t recall that commercial mentioned anywhere.
      Thank you, dear friend; I am glad you like the recipe.

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  10. Eliza says:

    You may like my blogger friends blog (no need to tell me if you do or don’t for I would never know if you checked it out or not)

    Love, light and glitter

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  11. What a great article, Dolly! So much visual and verbal info about not only the art show but art itself – wonderful! Esp like your personal observations re values of the particular pieces, and “most” esp the suggestion one could do as well with the real thing, a good drink, and beautiful view, lol! Am off w/my wife for most of the day ‘cause we’re having some some resurfacing done & were told be best (fumes) to be gone til afternoon; want to check w/you re reblogging this wonderful post & using (w/credits) one or two of your article pics 😊

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      1. I thank you so much for reblogging, dear friend!

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      2. My pleasure, Dolly 😊

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Felipe! Coming from you, your comment means a lot to me. Good luck with resurfacing your house!

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      1. Thank “you” Dolly! 😊 Looks like resurfacing of some bath areas went well, most of the strong coating smell is gone now too, now just letting those areas sit til the weekend before touching or placing anything on the surfaces; hopefully won’t need more of that, lol!

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      2. I am sure it’ll all be finished in time for you and your family to enjoy the holidays!

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      3. You are very welcome, Felipe.

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