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Roasted Butternut Miso Soup

Butternut Miso Soup

I have Deborah Madison’s Vegetable Literacy home from the library at the moment.  There is a recipe for “Butternut Squash Soup with Coconut Milk, Miso and Lime.”  that looks delicious.  I had several of the key ingredients around here, but improvised to such an extent that I can’t say I’ve actually made the recipe.  So here is my simple, rainy Saturday take on butternut squash soup.  Perhaps next weekend I’ll make the real deal.

2 Tbs Sesame Oil

1 medium Butternut Squash, roasted and peeled

1 Onion, chopped

1 inch Ginger, chopped

1 15oz can Coconut Milk

+/- 1 cup water

1 Tbs Harissa (or to taste)

1/2 lemon, juice only

2 Tbs Miso

Chives or other herb to garnish

Roast the butternut squash according to your favorite method.  This step can be done a day or two ahead if its convenient.

Heat the sesame oil over medium heat.  Saute the onion and ginger until softened, about 5 minutes.  Stir in the cooked butternut squash and coconut milk until well mixed.  Stir in water until desired consistency, about 1 cup.  Add harissa paste to taste.  Allow soup to simmer for 10-15 minutes.

Blend soup until very smooth.    Mix the lemon juice and miso together then stir into the soup.    Allow to cool slightly then top with a green garnish of your choice before serving.

 

Summer Squash Risotto

I suppose I have a risotto for all seasons. This one is just right for a cool, rainy spring evening in Austin; comforting but bright and summery. The base is sweet onions just harvested from my garden. Pulling 50 beautiful little onions out of the dirt is a great way to celebrate the end of another semester. Cooking up recipes full of them is a great way to celebrate being on vacation.


2 Tbs Butter
1 cup Sweet Onion [Texas 1015 or the like, chopped]
4 Garlic Cloves [minced]
2 medium Summer Squash [mixed colors, grated]
1/2 cup White Wine
4 cups Vegetable Broth
1 cup Arborio Rice
Lemon Zest from 1 lemon
1/4 cup chopped Flat Leaf Parsley + Basil
Salt to Taste

Heat vegetable broth and keep at a low simmer.

Melt butter in a large shallow sauce pan over medium low heat. Saute sweet onion till translucent, about 5 minutes. Add garlic + summer squash. Season with salt, depending on how salty your veggie broth is. Cook for a few minutes more, until the squash just begins to soften. Add rice + toast for a minute. Add wine + stir. After all liquid is absorbed, add about a half cup of vegetable broth. Stir frequently until liquid is absorbed. Repeat until all broth has been added and rice is tender and mixture is creamy. Stir in basil + parsley. Serve in shallow bowls garnished with plenty of lemon zest.

Serves 4 as a substantial side.

Sweet Poppy Seed Dressing


1/4 cup Sugar
2 Tbs Red Wine Vinegar
1/4 tsp Salt
1/4 cup Chopped Spring Onion
1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 tsp Poppy Seeds

Mix all ingredients except the poppy seeds in a blender + blend till smooth. Stir in poppy seeds.

Simple Split Pea Soup


1 cup Green Split Peas
1 Onion [chopped]
3 Garlic Cloves [chopped]
1 Tbs Olive Oil
2 cups Vegetable Broth
dash Turmeric
1/4 cup Flat Leaf Parsley [fresh, chopped]
2 Tbs Meyer Lemon Juice

Heat olive oil in a medium sauce pan.  Saute onion for about 5 minutes, add garlic + saute 1 minute more.  Add split peas + veggie broth.  Simmer till peas are very tender, about 1 hour.  Mash a few of the split peas with a fork until soup reaches a thicker consistency. Stir in parsley + lemon juice.

Serves 2 for dinner with a tasty salad + some crusty bread.

Portabella Sandwich with Caramelized Onions

Caramelized Onions:
1-1/2 Onions [sliced very thinly, combination of white + purple onions]
6 springs Thyme [fresh]
Sea Salt
2 Tbs Olive Oil

Mushrooms:
2 Garlic Cloves [minced]
3 Portabella Mushrooms [stems removed, sliced into 1/2″ slices]
1 Tbs Olive Oil
2 Tbs Balsamic Vinegar
2 Tbs Red Wine
1 Tbs Oregano [fresh, chopped]

Horseradish [to taste]
6 slices Sourdough Bread [fresh baked, crusty outside, soft inside]

For the onions, heat olive oil in a large saute pan with a lid over medium heat. Swish hot oil over the bottom of the pan + add onions. Season with sea salt. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally + making sure the onions do not brown. After about 5 minutes, when onions have wilted + started to change color, reduce heat and cover. Stir occasionally until the onions are well caramelized, about 1/2 an hour.  When the onions are done, stir in the fresh thyme leaves.

Meanwhile, heat olive oil in another large saute pan with a lid for the mushrooms. Add garlic + heat till fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the mushroom slices + cover. Allow to cook over medium heat, stirring every few minutes. In about 5-7 minutes, when about half of the mushrooms have softened, add the wine, balsamic vinegar + oregano.   Stir well to coat. Cook for about 5 more minutes until most of the cooking liquid has evaporated.

Smear each piece of bread with horseradish to taste, then pile with caramelized onions + balsamic coated mushrooms. Put on the top slice of bread and toast the sandwich in a grill press till the bread is golden brown + the ingredients have soaked in to the bread. Serve hot.

*I served this with Cabbage Beet Coleslaw from The Kitchn.  A great fresh, wintery beet slaw with a honey mustard dressing + plenty of color on the plate.  I used a napa cabbage in the recipe + threw in a fresh segmented orange for a little extra sweetness.  Yum, a perfect January meal.

Allium Pale Ale Mussels

3 lbs Mussels [beards removed, scrubbed well]
2 Garlic Cloves [minced]
1 Onion [small, sliced]
1 Leek [sliced into 1/4″ rounds + washed well]
1-1/2 Lemons [juice only]
1 Tbs Herbs [fresh thyme, parsley]
1 Tbs Olive Oil
2 Tbs Butter
16 oz Pale Ale
Salt + Freshly Ground Pepper [to taste]

Heat oil + 1 Tbs of butter in a very large pot. Add onion, garlic + leeks and saute for about 5 minutes or until wilted. Add mussels, lemon juice + beer. Cover + cook over medium high for 5 minutes. All mussels should be open; Remove cooked mussels from liquid + place in a large bowl. Discard any that have not opened after 7-10 minutes. Add the last Tbs of butter to beer + allium mixture + simmer for 5 minutes, until slightly reduced.

Pour beer sauce over mussels + serve very hot with thick slices of crusty ciabatta.

Serves 6, family style.

Photo + freshly baked bread thanks to Jane Middleton.

Mango Black Beans

1 cup Black Beans [dried, soaked over night]
1/4 tsp Marjoram [dried]
2 Tbs Olive Oil
1 cup Onion [finely chopped]
3 Garlic Cloves [minced]
2 Mangoes [minced/smashed into a chunky puree]
dash White Pepper
1/4 tsp Allspice [ground]
1/2 tsp Thyme [fresh]
Salt

Rinse soaked beans well. Cook in a pot, just covered by water with marjoram until tender, about 20+ minutes.

Heat olive oil to medium then saute onions and garlic till translucent. Add mango, pepper, thyme + allspice. Simmer for 5 minutes over low heat.

Drain beans leaving a little bit behind + reserve their liquid. Stir mango + onion mixture into beans. Simmer 5 minutes more, adding additional cooking liquid if necessary.

Serves 4 over brown rice + well sauteed cabbage.

Refried Beans

1 cup Pinto Beans [dried]
1 Tbs Olive Oil
1 Tbs Onion [minced]
1 Tbs Garic [minced]
1 tsp Red Chili [fresh, minced]
1 Tbs Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/4 tsp Oregano [dried]
1/4 tsp Cumin
Salt
1 Tbs Basil [fresh, minced]

Soak beans over night. Drain + rinse. Place in a medium sauce pan, cover with water by 1 inch. Bring to a boil then simmer till tender, 15+ minutes. [The older the beans, the longer they will take to cook.]

Drain the beans, reserving the cooking liquid. Heat the oil over medium heat. Saute onions, garlic + chili for 1 minute. Add beans, oregano, cumin + salt to pan + turn the heat to low. Mash to desired consistency, adding a couple Tbs of the cooking liquid as needed. Stir in fresh basil + extra virgin olive oil + season with salt to taste.

Makes 4 side dish servings. Serve with brown rice. Top with sliced avocados, tomatoes, or sauteed vegetables.

Peachy Tomato Soup

2 Peaches [freestone, chopped, about 2 cups]
3 cups Tomatoes [cored, chopped]
1/4 cup Sweet Onion [minced]
1/4 cup Fresh Basil [+ a little for garnish]
1/2-1 Tbs White Wine Vinegar
1 Tbs Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/4 tsp Salt [+ more to taste]
Freshly Ground Black Pepper

Puree peaches, tomatoes, + onion in a blender. Add remaining ingredients + puree a few minutes more till very smooth. Adjust vinegar + salt + serve garnished with a little basil.

Stuffed Red Peppers

3 Red Bell Peppers [whole]
1 cup Bulgur Wheat
1 cup Sweet Onion [sliced]
2 Summer Squash [chopped]
4 Garlic Cloves [roughly chopped]
2 Tbs Olive Oil
Salt + Freshly Ground Black Pepper
1/2 cup Kalamata + Green Olives [pitted + chopped]
1 Tbs Balsamic Vinegar
1/4 cup Basil [fresh, thinly sliced]

Roast peppers till skins blacken [either under the broiler or over an open flame]. Allow to cool, remove skins, stems + seeds. Set aside.

Bring 1-1/2 cups water to a boil. Stir in bulgur, turn off heat + cover. Allow to stand for 15-20 minutes until water has been absorbed and bulgur is tender.

Meanwhile, preheat oven to 425 degrees. Toss onions, summer squash + garlic with olive oil, salt + pepper then spread into a single layer on a baking sheet. Roast for 15 minutes, flip, roast for 5 minutes more. Squash + onions should be lightly browned.

Toss squash, onions, garlic, bulgur, basil + olives in a large bowl. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar. Season with pepper. Stuff some of the mixture into the roasted red peppers. Transfer the remaining bulgur mixture to a serving dish + place the stuffed peppers on top. Serve.

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