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 Right Way to Make a Bean Sandwich

There's seems to be a great discconect about bean sandwiches which pervades both society and the internet.

Most recipes either call for mashed fried cake versions or pureed into slurry stuffs.

Nothing could be further from the truth of it.

Think instead of the classic sloppy joe, but imagine it somewhat less sloppy. Think of your beans as a form of  'ground meat' and build your sandwich accordingly.

No pureeed gloopy mess. No fussing with mixing in bread crumbs, shaping and pan frying.

The key is hummus. Spread your bread with hummus, then lay on the plain rinsed canned beans. Any beans will do. Except garbanzos. They are too firm. But you can use black, red, kidney, lentil, pinto, etc. Or a mix of several kinds of beans.

Nestle your beans into the hummus in s single layer over the bread.. They will magically stick to the bread! Top with sliced onions, cheese, lettuce, kale, etc. Use your favorite sandwich toppings. Tomato, Jalapeno, Pickle. Whatever. This is a normal sandwich. Like any other. The only difference is there are beans where the meat used to go. Just like a real sandwich, only way better. Put on the lid and enjoy. The beans will  stay in the sandwich thanks to the adhesive properties of the hummus. Voila! A meaty sandwich without the meat.