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Tuesday, April 6, 2010
"Mauve"lous Miso Soup
I have discovered that I really like miso, especially in soup! It makes a delicious stock no matter what else I add to the pot. And since realizing this, I have started playing around more with miso in my cooking. It certainly doesn't hurt that soup is so easy to ad-lib. It is forgiving enough a category as to inspire my timid culinary heart. Besides, it's pretty darn hard to botch a soup, miso or not! Therefore, this recipe is the result of such open creativity.
This soup is very simple. It's not going to win an award or anything. But it is warm and yummy all the same. What surprised me and made me smile was that when it was finished simmering, I lifted the lid to give it a final stir and low and behold, my creation had turned pink! A pink soup! Even the tofu turned pink! What an unusual sight, yet still absolutely charming, artistically accented by green peas and flecks of parsley! I simply fell in love with it, in appearance and in taste. Funny thing is what else could I expect! When you see a certain something in the ingredient list below you'll understand why. :)
When I shared my miso soup with my mother, she immediately approved and deemed it "mauve"lous. So that's how it came by it's clever name. "Thanks Mom!" I hope you find it "mauve"lous as well. :)
"Mauve"lous Miso Soup Makes four large servings
4 cups distilled water
1 small onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup red cabbage, chopped
7 oz. (1 cup) extra firm tofu, cubed
4 tbsp Bragg's Liquid Aminos
1 tbsp grapeseed oil
4 tbsp mellow white miso
1 tbsp dried parsley
1/2 cup peas
black pepper, to taste
Heat water to a boil. Add onion, garlic, cabbage, tofu, Bragg's, and oil. Stir. Adjust heat to low, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes. To the pot, add miso, parsley, peas, and black pepper. Stir. Simmer for another 5-10 minutes. Serve and enjoy!
I married my wonderful Jordan in November 2003. We have no children. I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I am a Vegan. I love hearts and rainbows. I love to smell beautiful blooming flowers. I love to read about investing and healthy living, but I also enjoy a good yarn. I love to play Nintendo (on both old and new game systems). I love to eat (especially fresh garden tomatoes.) I love to jog. I love organizing stuff. I love to smile. I love to laugh. I love to sing. When I was two years old, my mother wrote of me, "She has gobs of rhythm and likes to jive." (updated August 2012)