Vegan Pan Asian Mushroom Soup

This soup is all about the broth. Layers of flavor come together to create a complex broth in a relatively short amount of time.

It has a strong chinese influence, but it draws from various cultures.

It's great on its own and delicious over rice too. All the flavor is in that deep, dark, unctuous broth.

Ingredients
1 pint mushrooms, diced
5 cloves garlic, minced
1 large red bell pepper, diced
3/4 cup diced carrots
1 poblano pepper, diced
2 jalapeno peppers, minced
1 serrano pepper, minced
1 cup chopped kale
1 can kidney beans, rinsed
1 can black beans, rinsed

4 cups water
3 tbls olive oil
1 tbl horseradish, the one with just vinegar, no mayo
1 tbl soy sauce
2 tsps chinese mustard
2 tsps dill
2 tsps crushed pepper flakes
2 tsps celery seed
1 tsp coriander seed
1 tsp paprika
3 tsps salt
1 tsp black pepper

In a large stock pot cook down your mushrooms with 1 tsp salt. I used cremini mushrooms, but it's dealer's choice. When they start to take on a little color add olive oil. Give it a stir the add th…

Surviving the Storm (Hurrican Sandy)

I haven't been eating vegan or even vegetarian since hurricane Sandy struck the Jersey shore. Well, I did for the first few days afterward, but quickly became discouraged. I suddenly felt so small and ineffectual. It's strange though. Because I still eat vegan and vegetarian foods and often go days eating that way. I still love my tofurkey cold cuts and hummus and bean sandwiches.

But I have no problem eating soup with chicken in it. I don't usually go out of my way to find meat, but the sad fact is, a lot of time those foods are cheaper or easier to come by. And since I lost my job a couple weeks after, cheap is a big priority. I'm not willing at this time to pay more money to eat vegetarian soup over chicken soup. If I had the funds, maybe... I don't know for sure.

I also learned that I'm pretty cranky when I don't eat at least eggs and cheese. I was getting my B12 without it, but it totally affected my mood. I wasn't willing to admit it originally. Was in complete denial. It's bizarre, because I didn't have cravings. I wasn't lusting for cheeseburgers or anything like that. I was at least on the surface of my mind satisfied with my food intake. Yet, I would fly off the handle at the slightest provocation. Actually, even without any sometimes.

I am opposed to the cruel treatment of food animals. For this there is no doubt. But I'm just not sure I feel responsible for it anymore or that I can make a difference in abstensia.

The way I look at the world changed entirely since hurricane Sandy. It's hard to feel passionate about anything other than my own and my family's survival.