Today the rain is falling sweetly on my garden greens and I am inspired to make a healing Miso soup as was prepared in our final daytime cooking class on Monday morning.
What do we need. Firstly we need to make a good vegetable stock. Remember an Alkaline recipe will call for only plant food from the garden patch.
Vegetable Stock : A Recipe
Into a large saucepan pour 4 litres(or more) of top quality water.
Place any fresh vegetable peelings, including whatever vegetables you have been using today. e.g. parsley stems and tops, onion skins and ends, garlic skins, ginger peel, outer leaves of dark leafy green vegetables, spinach stems, beetroot and carrot tops, carrot and parsnip peelings , pumpkin skins and seeds, lettuce leaves and even tomato cores and skins.
In fact, any fresh vegetables that you are not otherwise using can be included. Best if they are organic and washed very well.
A couple of bay leaves, some thyme (or other herb of your choice) and a few garlic cloves will add extra flavour. (optional)
Cook for 30-40 minutes. Allow to sit and cool, then drain the juices through a sieve or colander. Presto, you have marvellous healthy vegetable stock which can be used for cooking beans, soups, risotto and most particularly, healing Miso soup.
I like to make enough to have for breakfast for the week. I keep the stock bottled and refrigerated until ready to use.
The Benefits of Miso
- There are many types of Miso. The 3 basic being soybean(hatcho), barley (mugi) and rice (kome). If you are enjoying Miso often (a few times a week) then it is good to vary them as this will give you the optimum health benefits.
- It is high in protein, containing all the essential amino acids, calcium and is also a source of vitamin B12.
- It is free of toxins. The enzymes and bacteria (lactobacillus) contained within it aidgood digestion and assimilation.
- It is a live food and makes a nourishing light meal at any time.
- The types of Miso range in texture, colour and flavour. The heavier varieties such as hatcho are excellent in winter, whilst the lighter, sweeter varieties kome are delightful in summer.
- It has been said of Miso that it brings good health and longevity; that it can assist in the healing of heart disease and cancer ; that it can prevent and treat the effects of radiation and can counter-act many of the effects of smoking and pollution.
- Most importantly it creates an alkaline condition in the body assisting in the prevention of disease.
Healing Miso Soup : A Recipe
2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
3 cloves garlic finely chopped
2 tablespoons fresh ginger finely chopped
1 brown onion finely chopped
1 large carrot finely chopped
1 large stick celery (tops included) finely chopped
10 cups of vegetable stock
2 cups best quality water
1-2 cups soaked wakame (I am heavy handed with this as I love quite a lot of sea vegetables in my miso)
2 cups of soaked mung bean noodles
3 spring onions finely chopped
1/2 a packed cup of fresh coriander leaves.
Into a bowl of water place the mung bean noodles and let stand until ready to use.
Wash the wakame. Cover with water and let stand to soften while starting the soup,
Into a large soup pan add the oil ginger and garlic, Saute for a minute or two. Add onion, stir and after a minute add celery and carrot. Cook all vegetables together for another 1 or 2 minutes . Now add the stock , 2 cups of water and the wakame. Stir and simmer on a slow boil for 15 minutes.
Into a small bowl place the miso paste. Take a cup or so of the soup liquid and mix with the paste until a smooth consistency,
Now add the drained noodles and cook for a further minute or two. Sprinkle spring onions and the fresh coriander.and again bring the soup to the boil . Take the soup off the flame and immediately add the miso mixture, Serve, and enjoy the blessing of Miso!
Miso to be healing must not be boiled and only 1 level teaspoon per 1 1/2 cups of the stock.
I have been asked to photo ingredients used so that enthusiasts will be able to find these or the like easily. Hope this helps!
Some words of wisdom for the week!
Our duty in this world is to help others by showing
them their roses and not their thorns.
Only then can we achieve the love we should feel for
Only then can we bloom in our own garden!