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…

Lime Hummus (Vegan)

I was trying to make some hummus without any lemon or lime juice. I just wanted some hummus and didn't have those ingredients on hand. Alhtough it traditionally uses tahini, I don't ever make it that way. I use peanut butter instead. It comes out really nicely that way. However, the lack of citrus wasn't working out too well.

I tried using vinegar as an acidic substitue. It was oaky, but still lacking.

I had freshly minced garlic and plenty of wonderful spices. I used extra virgin olive oil.

It wasn't a bad hummus with vinegar. It was just one dimensioanl. It was good enough though. So I was more than happy to eat it anyway.

But when I went to the grocery store and brought home a fresh lime I added the zest and the juice to the hummus I had made the day before. What a difference it made. It totally woke up all the flavors. A thousand times better.

1 can rinsed chick peas
3 tablespoons peanut butter
1 teaspon olive oil
zest and joice from 1 lime
3 cloves minced garlic
1 teaspoon balsamic vinaigrette salad dressing
fresh cracked black pepper
garlic powder, paprika, chili powder, onion powder, cayenne powder, marjoram

I like to crush my chick peas by hand. I just quish them between my fingers. Or I put them in a zip lock baggie and crush them with an unopened can of tomatoes.

Combine crushed chick peas and all other ingredients. Adding only a little bit of the spices. Taste. Add more of the spices to your preference. Add spices slowly and taste often.

Enjoy in place of mayonaisse and cheese, as a salad topper, a sexual lubricant or simply spread on toast.