Archive for the 'Soups' Category

Avocado Soup Redux

May 3rd, 2009

avo soup
We’re still getting ready for CINCO DE MAYO over here with this BLAST from the past, avocado soup. It’s really easy and simple. I like to drizzle mine with a little hemp oil. I also tend to sub the rosemary in the recipe with cilantro. Rosemary is good and all, but who celebrates Cinco de Mayo with rosemary? That’s for the SCARBOROUGH FAIR.


Thom Ka

April 6th, 2009

thom ka
So, I finally took a break from my Matthew Kenney obsession to make some Thom Ka. This was a recipe from I AM GRATEFUL. Really simple. And really yummy.



March 25th, 2009

This is another recipe I got from ENTERTAINING IN THE RAW. It’s apparently an adaptation of a classic Brazilian recipe. My boyfriend is allergic to mushrooms (AND out of town). So, I went a little gangbusters on the shitake mushrooms this week.

The monqueca had some marinated shitake mushrooms…

…and cherry tomatoes. To be honest, I enjoyed the leftovers a little better. Although I liked the taste of the dehydrated variety, the dish seemed a little disjointed to me when the mushrooms and tomatoes were warm. I couldn’t put my finger on it exactly, but when I had the cold leftovers it seemed better somehow.

shitake soup
I used my leftover shitakes to reincarnate a mod of this SHITAKE MISO SOUP from way back when. I think I like it better without the ginger.

In other news, I think I had a Yoga breakthrough this week. I finally managed to do the camel pose, my NEMESIS. I did it last week once, but only for a second. I heard something pop then. So I was busting through something. Then, yesterday I did it for 20 seconds. WHOA. I had an intense reaction. I’m not sure if I was clearing gunk out of my airways, but I had a real hearty asthma attack this morning. And last night, I was crying like a baby for no reason (or at least no NEW reason). So maybe I’m making progress. I’ll keep you posted…


Carribbean Conch Chowder

March 19th, 2009

This was the first recipe I tried from ENTERTAINING IN THE RAW, and it’s definitely a winner. I have some other recipes going, but this one was quick and dirty. It takes about 15 minutes. To be honest, it was so easy that I wasn’t expecting much.

Well, this one pretty much blew me out of the water. The flavor is pretty exquisite. And I’ve mostly been avoiding raw soups because there’s something about them that I wasn’t quite sold on. Until now. WOW. That’s all I can say.


Tomato Basil Experiment

September 11th, 2008

This was a little experiment I did with the contents of my fridge. It was loosely based on an episode of SUPERCHARGE ME I saw a while back. I think it was episode 33: Terry Moore’s Tomato Soup. Except I added a few other random things. Like miso. And I think it clashed a little with the tahini. So it was kind of a mediterranean/asian soup – in honor of my boyfriend who’s in Tel Aviv today. It was a little strange. I’m gonna call it a learning experience…


Watermelon Gazpacho

July 15th, 2008

I got this love recipe out of RAW FOOD. REAL WORLD. It’s basically summer. In a bowl.


Sunflower Sprout Soup

July 12th, 2008

This is a recipe I got from DEBBIE’S blog a couple weeks ago. She is making phenomenal progress with CLL. You can’t keep a GOOD WOMAN down.

I came home and made this soup after I went sailing, and I had a BUNCH OF SPROUTS to use up. It’s funny how my outfit kind of matches the soup…Sailin’…takes me away to where I’m goin’… Speaking of sailing, has anyone seen YACHT ROCK? It might be the funniest thing I’ve seen all year. You have to watch all 11 episodes in order. You might cry laughing. Though I should warn you that it might be appreciated best by music geeks.

Anyway, I’m am far from home now…using a friend’s computer. So I might be in and out for a while. But I have so many posts to catch up on…


Unfolding Mysteries

February 12th, 2008

new seeds

Well, I went through my first 3 lbs. of wheatgrass seeds like that. So, I ordered a few more. 10 more lbs. I’m also experimenting with a few more sprout mixes: Beanies, Nick’s Hot Mix, and the Russian Mix. They are all from SPROUTPEOPLE. I’ll let you know what I think of them.


The last several days I’ve been seriously under the weather. At first, I thought maybe I was having some sort of detox. But this was pretty intense. It felt like the worst flu I’ve ever had, but somehow not flu-like. It’s amazing what a bright flash can do for pasty skin. I wasn’t really able to get out of bed for a couple days. I’m wondering if this has anything to do with the weird CALL I got from my doctor’s office last week. Time will tell…

cream of asp

In other news, I made this soup last week that turned out really well. Cream of Asparagus. I threw in the asparagus left over from the SUSHI I made. Then, I threw in some water, walnuts, half an avocado, some miso, a little wakame. They went for a spin in the VITAMIX. Then I poured off the soup and added some wakame flakes, asparagus tips, and fresh BUCKWHEAT SPROUTS from the garden….MMM! Pretty tasty. Though I have to admit, in this below zero weather I’m really missing the warm soups.


Harvest Time

January 15th, 2008

seaweed chowder and sprouts

Well, spring has sprung (in my windowsill, at least). It’s time to start getting down to business. I’m still figuring out what to do with these lovely sprouts. So, I thought I’d start with something simple. Like adding them to something I make all the time…SEAWEED CHOWDER.

buckwheat sprouts

The BUCKWHEAT SPROUTS were crying out to be used. Plus, they’re kind of a nice delicate little sprout that seems ideal for soup. AND they get used in lots of asian recipes (the soup is kind of an asian fusion). So, I went for it.

Can I say YUM?!!! WOW. Who knew a little sprout could pack such a punch. They really added a lovely dimension to the soup. Kinda spicy.

I was a little less successful with the wheatgrass this morning. I might go so far as to call it a wheatgrass debacle. But, I’m late for work. So I’ll expoud on that later…


Reruns: Episode One

December 15th, 2007

seaweed chowder

(SEAWEED CHOWDER from last month plus some green onions)

Well, in honor of the HOLLYWOOD WRITER’S STRIKE and the out of control holiday season, we’re doing reruns. It’s going to be interesting to see what happens with this strike. The internet is changing everything. Ultimately, it seems the inevitable outcome is that the business will be streamlined and the middlemen are going to be removed from the equation. Unfortunately, some really big and powerful corporations and people have gotten really comfortable being in there, and they are going to fight it every step of the way. This is going to be some high drama. At the same time, it’s something that needs to happen. The middle has gotten increasingly bloated and corrupt. It’s really amazing what passes for ‘art’ these days. At least, it seems really far removed from the vision of most of the artists that I know. Personally, I think it’s disturbing that what the media considers top stories in entertainment are Lindsey Lohan in rehab and Britney’s dysfunctional reality. Have we lost our way, or what? Obviously, this phenomenon of dysfunction pervades more than just food. It’s everywhere in our culture. From food to media to medicine to academia to the housing market to hurricane relief and government to the environment and automobile manufacturing to offshore tax havens to my head is going to explode. It’s INSANE.


(this is a picture of my band, THE SCREAMING CHERRY BLOSSOMS)

But anyway, back to art. It’s great that the internet is providing a platform for artists to break free of the stranglehold of modern media companies. GO WRITERS!

So in honor of them we’re remaking some earlier recipes. I got the seaweed chowder recipe from one of my favorite blogs, THE DAILY RAW. Trying out new recipes is fun and inspirational. But seeing which ones you go back to is important too. So this week is going to be about reflecting back on where we’ve been. Kind of fitting for the end of the year, I think…