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…

Spicy Lemon Dill Sauce

In the throes of my new blender obsession I toyed with yet another saucy concoction. This time I purchased some fresh dill and a lemon in addition to my usual arsenal of garlic and onion.

The sauce is pictured here atop a bed of fresh chopped kale and spanish onion. That is then topped with extra runny, garlic mashed potatoes with jalapeno, corn and green peas. Over that are some black beans. The dill sauce is the crowning touch.

It's food like this that really reinforces my love for vegetarian eating. There are just so many tastes and textures to experience.

Here's how I made the dill sauce...

4 handfuls fresh dill
5 cloves garlic
1/4 cup sliced sweet onion
Zest and juice from one lemon
1/4 cup dill pickle juice
1 small jalapeno
1/4 cup kale
1/4 cup water
1 tbl olive oil
1 tbl plain cream cheese
Fresh ground black pepper, Ground cumin and Paprika to taste

Buzz it all up until pretty smooth. Let chill in fridge for at least 2 hours before using.

Use on everything. Salad, sandwiches, baked potatoes, soup, rice, beans, and more.