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…

The Seldom Gardener

A couple of interesting discoveries recently. Ramen noodles are great straight from the package. I've been reading about other people liking this for years and always dismissed it. To look at them out of the cellophane, they just don't look as if they would taste good at all.

Boy was I wrong on that count! They are great. Like a cross between nuts and chips. Salty and crunchy and different from other similar snacks. They look like they'll be too hard like dry pasta, but that isn't the case. They have a great texture and snap. And unlike when they are cooked in water, unboiled ramen do not require the services of the 'flavor packet' to taste really great. They're salty, nutty and delivious.

They're also great sprinkled on salads.

Chopped off my garlic sprout and ate it. Cutting off the green sprout is supposed to funnel the energy into growing the bulb. We'll see. I cut it up and put it in my salad. It had a very mild garlic flavor.

Was able to get some romaine sprouted from the core. It's in the early stages. All in all I'm finding trying to grow food vegertables on my windowsills a fascinating experiment.