Soup lady - liquid assets at the Jozi Food Market
Tracy Lipschitz and her daughter prepare homemade soup to sell at the Jozi Food Market every Saturday.
Tracy Lipschitz stands over a gargantuan pot of oxtail and butterbean soup, stirring the soft chunks of meat in the mixture with her right hand.
Her daughter, Alexi Kitay, adds a steady stream of cream and a few shrugs of turmeric into what will soon be honey-roasted parsnip soup.
The mother and daughter have specialised in creating homemade soup for the past three years, working together in their Johannesburg kitchen and selling the concoctions at various markets around town. Lipschitz’s previous catering experience helps with the logistics of the small business, but it is her creativity that keeps pushing her to invent new recipes.
The soup lady, curly-haired and covered in a red shawl, stands over a freezer, pointing at more than 60 varieties of soup organised in vegan, vegetarian, meat, chicken and fish categories. The plastic half-litre and litre tubs bear neat, white and purple Soup ‘n Stuff labels: carrot and coriander, aubergine and mozzarella, mussel, roasted red pepper and chicken peanut noodle soup, the best-seller.
Lipschitz sells about 60 litres of soup at the Jozi Food Market every Saturday. She and Alexi ladle the steaming mixture into small containers, ready to transport 9 or 10 different kinds to a small open day at a friend’s house tomorrow.
The two move with expertise around the kitchen, quibbling over the chili powder. Lipschitz says Alexi has added too much to the honey roasted parsnip. But it tastes delightfully sweet, so creamy and light, with the perfect amount of spice.
Soup ‘n Stuff sells at the Jozi Food Market in Parkhurst every Saturday. You can also find their goods at Oaklands Farm Supply in Pretoria. Soups range in price from R65 to R145, though most cost around R80. Visit their website at www.soupnstuff.co.za