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.

Ingredients
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…

Thai Basil Chow Mein

A small grocery recently opened right by my home. It's run by an Asian family and has some great authentic Asian foods as well as a nice assortment of fresh produce. There's also a Thai takeout close by that has the most amazing food. It's wicked spicy and heavy on the Thai basil. Which I love. These were my inspirations to do my own spin on a noodle stir fry.

Veggie Mix
10 ounces white mushrooms, sliced
1 lb red, yellow and orange baby bell peppers, sliced into small strips, veins and seeds removed
1/2 small red onion, sliced into half circles
1/2 cup white wine, divided into 1/4 cups
1/2 cup water
a few bunches chopped fresh Thai basil
1 tsp each salt and pepper

1 six ounce package dry chow mein noodles

Sauce
2 tps soy sauce
2 tsps sriracha
2 tbls canola oil
zest and juice from one large mandarin orange
5 small cloves garlic, sliced thin
1 jalapeno, minced
1 habernero, minced
2 tsps crushed pepper flakes
a few bunches fresh Thai basil, chiffonaded, more for garnish

In a small bowl whisk together the sauce ingredients. Set aside.

Cook noodles according to package directions. Set aside.

Saute mushrooms in 1 tbl  oil and with 1 tsp salt until just tender and slightly darkened. Add 1/4 cup wine and the sauce mix. Continue cooking over high heat until mushrooms turn dark and half of the liquid is absorbed.

Add noodles. Other 1/4 cup wine. Lower heat to medium. Toss noodles to combine with mushroom mixture. Let noodles absorb the sauce for a few minutes.

Add peppers, onions and 1/4 cup water. Toss to mix all ingredients thoroughly. Heat through 2 minutes. Turn off heat. Add Another bunch of basil. Toss. Let sit 2 minutes before serving.

Sweet orange and slight heat combine for a very clean Asian stir fry. I kept the flavors simple and the ingredients minimal, so each component is able to shine. Fresh basil and orange provide the big punch of flavor.