Vegetable Miso Soup

Source: May All Be Fed: Diet for a New World
Date tried: June 17, 2017
Yield: 6 servings
Time needed: 20 minutes

A very simple soup in the Asian tradition and quickly made. I was delightfully surprised by the flavour. Much better than standardized restaurant preparations.

Vegetable Miso Soup

Vegetable Miso Soup
6 cups water
6 Tbsp. white miso
3/4 lb. fresh peas, shelled or 3 cups frozen peas, thawed
3 green onions with tops, sliced
1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and sliced into thin rings
1 garlic clove, minced
1 medium piece dulse, finely chopped
2 tsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/4 tsp. sesame oil

In a small bowl, combine one cup of water with the miso and set aside.
Put remaining water in a large soup pot with the peas, green onions, jalapeño pepper and garlic.
Bring to a boil, then immediately reduce heat, cover and let simmer for 3 minutes.
Stir in the miso mixture, dulse, lemon juice and sesame oil.
Bring barely to a simmer and serve immediately. (NB Miso should never be allowed to boil.)

Red Lentil Coconut Curry

Source: Simply in Season
Date tried: November 17, 2012
Yield: 8-10 servings
Time needed: 30-40 minutes

Optional prior preparation
Put a can of coconut milk in the freezer 20 minutes before beginning the recipe.  Use the solidified coconut butter which forms on top in sautéing.

A substantial curry dish using lentils and vegetables enhanced with South Asian taste of coconut and cinnamon.  This is a keeper and simpler to prepare than the ingredient list suggests.  Just after I tried this at home, I saw it billed as the lunch-time special at the West End Food Co-op.

Red Lentil Coconut Curry

Red Lentil Coconut Curry

Red Lentil Coconut Curry
1 large onion, minced
1 Tbsp. coconut butter or oil
1 Tbsp. garlic, minced
1 Tbsp. ginger root, peeled and minced
2 tsp. curry powder
½ tsp. each ground turmeric, ground cumin, pepper
¼ tsp each ground red pepper, ground cinnamon
2-3 bay leaves
1 can (13.5 oz/400 ml) coconut milk
¼ cup/60 ml tamari or soy sauce
1 cup/250 ml tomato sauce
2 cups/500 ml red lentils
5 cups/1.3 liters water
1 medium head cauliflower, broken into florets
1 large sweet potato, cubed
¼ head cabbage, cut into chunks
1-2 cups/250-500ml peas (optional)

Break/cube/cut cauliflower, sweet potato and cabbage into bite-sized morsels about 1½”/4cm. in diameter.
Mince garlic and ginger root.
Combine ground spices.
Mince onion.

In a large soup pot, sauté the minced onion in the coconut butter or oil until transparent but not browned.
Add the minced garlic and ginger root, the ground spices and bay leaves.
Cook, stirring constantly.  Do not let spices or onion brown.
Add coconut milk, tamari or soy sauce and tomato sauce.
Stir, reduce heat and let simmer for 20 minutes.

As the soup simmers, bring 5 cups water to boil in a smaller saucepan.
Add lentils, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
Add lentils together with cooking liquid to the soup pot.

Add the previously prepared cauliflower, sweet potato and cabbage to the soup pot.
Cook until vegetables are tender (about 10 minutes)
Add peas, if using, just before serving.

For a special meal, serve Indian-style, with rice. Place bowls of condiments on the table to add as toppings (e.g. chutney, pickles, fresh diced pears, sunflower seeds, plain yogurt, etc.)