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.

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…

Manipulating the Numbers

One thing I always found curious about veganism is how subjective it can be. Even when I myself was one, I struggled with the ambiguity of it.

If you go by PETA's definitions and suggestions you have a whole different diet than if you strictly adhere to concept.

The discrepancies lies in pre-made foods like bread, cereal and the like. Cereal especially gave me pause. Vitamin D3 is not vegan on a technicality. D3 is derived from animal sources. D3 is in 90% of cold cereals. Cheerios, Wheat Chex, Total and more. The ingredients lists will be devoid of milk or milky elments. On the surface they will seem okay. PETA will even endorse them. But the fact is, vitamin D3 isn't truly vegan.

But because it's pretty much impossible to actually be vegan in today's world, accepted standard for veganism is avoiding all animal product within reason. So it's quite open to interpretation. What's within reason for one person is out of bounds for another. It's kinda like the hypocratic oath of eating. Do the least harm you possibly can. D3 no doubt does harm in so way, shape or form, but w're on budgets. We have lives to lead and jobs to do.

I myself counted any cereal without milk or whey as an ingredient vegan. But I'm sure many would disagree. There are actual vegan cereal. They are not many, but they do exist. One of my favorites is. Quaker Oatmeal Squares. It has no added D3. No milk. No added B12. Is all B12 vegan. I don't even know.

But then again, everything has sugar in it. Almost everything. Including every breakfast cereal. And sugar may or may not be vegan depending on the source.

How can anyone ever really be vegan or vegetarian if sugar is in just about everything and sugar isn't neccesarily animal free. Since many sugars are filtered through animal bone char.

I know, do the least harm. Do the best you can. But if that is the mantra then isn't it just as acceptable to only eat meat once in a while. You're doing less harm. Or only occasionally eat cheese. Where do you draw the line. What is acceptable harm and what is grievous.

Wouldn't the world and all the animals be much better off if, instead of 2% of people being vegetarian and 0.5% being vegan, if 0% were vegan or vegetarian, but 100% just ate 75% less cheese and meat.