Broccoli Olive and Corn Salsa Recipe

I'm just mixing up cultures as I see fit. All cuisines, from all over the world, have the human palate in common. They can blend in some amazing ways. 
This has a really fresh and clean flavor. It's light, but filling. Ideal for the end of summer. It just needs a little bread or rice to go with it. 

Make sure when you serve it to coat the bread or rice with some of that scrumptious sauce!
Salsa Recipe Ingredients
2 broccoli crowns, chopped small
1 can small black olives, halved
2/3 cup frozen corn
1/2 cup frozen peas
2 shallots, diced
1 jalapeno, minced
1 poblano, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tlbs olive oil
1 tbl hot sauce
2 tsps spicy mustard
2 tsps salt
1 tsp black pepper
2 tsps dry thyme

Add all the ingredients to a large mixing bowl and stir to combine. Let rest overnight. 

The broccoli cooks in the acid and the frozen ingredients thaw without losing their color or flavor.


Vegan Chicken Barley Soup

Chicken soup is one of those foods that is just a part of the fabric of our lives. It makes us feel better when we're sick. It warms us up after a hard day out in the cold. It conjures up memories of grandma from when we were children.

There's no chicken in this. There's no faux chicken in it either. It is however, designed to recreate the soothing and satisfying tastes, textures and aromas of classic chicken soup without the chicken.

Veggies
2 cups diced celery
1 cup diced carrots
1 cup diced white onion
1/2 cup diced poblano
1/2 a jalapeno, minced
3 cloves sliced garlic
1 cup diced green cabbage
1/2 cup diced kale

Liquids
1/2 cup white wine
3-5 cups water
2 tbls olive oil

1/2 cup dry pearl barley
2 handfuls fresh parsley

Spices
2 1/2 tsps salt
2 bay leaves
2 tps thyme
2 tsps rosemary
2 tsps basil
2 tsps paprika
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp cayenne
2 tsps black pepper

Combine all veggies, except cabbage and kale, liquids (3 cups water) and half of all spices in a large pot. Bring to a boil and then simmer uncovered for 15 minutes.

Add barley. 1 cup more water.

Continue simmering covered until barely is tender. Adding more water as needed to keep a soup level of liquid in the pot.

When barley is just barely tender, add kale and cabbage and more water if required. Simmer 3 more minutes. Turn off heat. Keep pot on hot stove burner. Stir in remaining spices and parsley. Let sit covered 3 more minutes.