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…

Little Black Ducks

On my routine bicycle travels I often get to encounter some amazing wildlife. It's amazing to think that such an urbanized area can still be so rich with wilderness and fauna. I guess that's why they call us the garden state.

My most favorite by far is the little black ducks I was lucky enough to come across on the side of the road. They appeared to be a couple working together. They were just about as cute as you could ever hope to imagine.

It's not easy to photograph animals. They're easily frightened. But these little black ducks had no fear. They let me get very close. And they didn't care about the cars whizing by They just went about their duckly business as if I wasn't even there.

But they were as cute as can be. All feathery and fat as ducks tend to be. And waddling around together just the same as any old married couple of the human variety..

If it's wrong to eat dogs and cats, which it is, then it ought to be wrong to eat ducks too. They deserve better.