Latest Articles and RecipesIs it already March? Spring is in the air here, but not for much of the country yet. Worst winter in 30 years they announced couple of days ago… Nothing like an obvious statement for safety. Nevertheless it is still a good season for soup. Warm and soothing a piping hot broth is just the thing on a chilly evening. My mushroom miso soup is an excellent appetizer to an stir-fry or Asian flavor meal. Full of those nutritious mushrooms and miso (shiro or white miso), this recipe comes together in the same time it takes to boil water for 5 minutes. Minimum ingredients and time, maximum savor and flavor. Try Mushroom Miso soup for an anytime pick-me-up.
Not familiar with Miso? Miso is credited with being Japanese and they have definitely cultivated Miso to an art form. Miso is originally thought to come from China and called doujang there. A fermented paste of grain, soy or rice is the base for most miso’s although today there are some wild forms out there. Look for naturally fermented or organic miso as it offers the best nutrition for the money. Miso paste is found in many fine grocers but in all Asian stores. The oriental stores usually have several types of Miso – at least the white (shiromiso) and red (akamiso) pastes. Pickup some tofu, wakame and hon-dashi or bonito stock while at your Asian grocer to complete the short ingredients list. The red and white Miso’s differ in taste as the red is grain based and fermented for a longer time, both are equally satisfying and a significant source of protein. For a extra treat, try sauteing your favorite veggie in some miso broth – green beans take on a entirely new taste.
Naturally we explore the world of mycelium to go along with our Mushroom Miso recipe of the month. We also offer the traditional recipe for white Miso which uses tofu and often a dried seaweed called wakame (an important source of sea minerals). If the thought of seaweed is off putting, try using some thinly sliced cabbage instead. Their are some real mushroom fanatics out there – from folks who gather truffles and morels in European forests to enthusiastic growers who make a living growing mushrooms from their homes. Small mushroom growing kits abound with many types of mushrooms to grow; oyster, pearl, shitakes from logs, even glow in the dark fungi for an adolescent science experiment. That ought to light up the young “Sheldons” in your house.