Friday, February 17, 2012

Vegan Creamy Mushroom Soup

Our home cooked Valentine's meal may have been postponed, but that didn't make it any less stellar when we finally were able to sit down to it on Wednesday!

The original plan was Vegan Crab Cakes and Creamy Mushroom Soup...the crab cakes were quickly scrapped when we realized we had eaten the tempeh earlier in the week, so soup it was.

Vegan Creamy Mushroom Soup

by Tanya Kummerow
Prep Time: 1 hour (not active prep)
Cook Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients (serves 2 dinner portions, or 4)
  • 3 cups Baby Bella (Crimini) mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup dried Shiitake mushrooms
  • 1/2 medium onion
  • 4 cloves roasted garlic
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon vegan butter
  • 1 teaspoon dried sage
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • salt and pepper to taste
Roast the garlic whole by slicing off the tops of the cloves, top with one tablespoon olive oil and wrap in aluminum foil. Roast in oven for one hour at 375 degrees.
Meanwhile, rehydrate your dried Shitake mushrooms by submerging them in 1/2 to 1 cup of water. Let stand for one hour.
Heat remaining olive oil in large saute pan and cook onions over medium heat until fragrant and soft.
Add Crimini mushrooms and saute until soft and golden. Add in sage and thyme and saute a few more minutes.
Transfer to a large sauce pan and add in butter. Chop rehydrated Shitake mushrooms and add to pan.
Heat over medium to high heat and add 2 cups vegetable broth (enough to cover tops of mushrooms) and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes, adding more vegetable broth to keep tops covered if necessary.
If you have an immersion blender you can use that to blend soup together. If not, remove soup from heat and pour into food processor or blender. Blend until smooth, adding more broth to reach desired consistency.
Add salt and pepper to taste, bring back to heat and serve.
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Yesterday morning I was feeling quite productive and decided to start the purging process.  Into the living room and dining room came every excess that Forbes and I own.  I went through all the closets, shelves and drawers.  And this is the mess I ended with.
I invited my girlfriends to come over and weed through what they want first.  Next week we will be hosting open houses and "indoor yard sales" all week to try to get rid of the rest of this.  Whatever doesn't disappear next week will be given to the Christian later than Friday!  I have a brunch scheduled at my house on Saturday morning so no wiggle must go!

I mention this...because if you are local we have lots of awesome stuff to get rid of, including my entire collection of cookbooks, lots of extra kitchen gadgets and supplies, Christmas and home decor and much, much more! 

The funny thing last night was all our friends wanted to feel bad for taking our things.  Seriously!  Take a year we won't have a home to store it in!  Do not feel bad...we WANT to get rid of it all!

Forbes and I are reading Radical together and last night's chapter was all about "Sell your possessions to give to those who are in need."  So fitting with what is going on in our house currently! 

Something that really got my mind going was the thinking of giving as "What can we spare?" versus "What is it going to take?"  All too often I am so guilty of just giving the little bit of extra I think I can spare.  Even right now, I am holding on to some of my favorite things in the house, knowing full well that even these must go soon.  But what if instead of thinking about ourselves first, we truly thought about what it will take?  Examine the issue, and acknowledge the vast problem and then set out to do everything you can to make it better.  We are all each but one person, and together the problems can be I warn against the thought that it is too big so instead I will do nothingRather, do everything you can!  Give until it hurts!  Do not settle for throwing your scraps, your leftovers, your extra, to the poor, but give the best.

Ok, that is my soapbox for the day...Radical is truly an amazing and transformative book.  Check it out!

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