Thanks for all the great feedback on the sprouted grain bread from yesterday’s post. I hope to post the recipe sometime when I get a chance to write it all out. I’ll let you know when I do!
This weekend I also made awesome dish that epitomizes umami. Mushroom Soup (sometimes I cook other things besides soup, but not often)
I thought umami was a marketing ploy to get people to buy soy sauce. “Another taste bud besides salty, sweet, bitter, and sour? Really?”
Umami basically means savoury, and once I learned that then I knew it wasn’t some made up soy sauce promotion. I’ve obviously known about savouriness my whole life (although I’ve always thought of it as “not sweet”). Some umami foods are:
- soy, miso, worcestershire, and fish sauces
- aged cheese
- fish and red meats
My umami mushroom soup contained miso, soy, seaweed, and, of course, mushrooms. All of which lended to the delicious umami-ness and of course the healthiness:
Maitake mushroom: anti-cancer, increases insulin sensitivity, lowers blood pressure
Shiitake mushroom: boosts immunity, lowers cholesterol
Seaweed: high in vitamin C and iodine
This recipe is based on one from Meghan Telpner’s tutorial on healing with superfoods and adapted to what I had. Next time I wouldn’t puree the soup, the texture kinda sucked. The flavour was great though!
Umami Mushroom Soup
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 red onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 celery root, peeled and chopped
- 2 cups frozen burdock root and carrots
- 1 cup dried shiitake
- 1 cup dried maitake
- 1 tbsp dried thyme
- 2 tbsp mushroom soy sauce
- 1 handful of arame (seaweed)
- 1/4 c. miso paste
- salt and pepper to taste
Heat the olive oil in a big pot on medium heat. Add the onion and garlic. Cook to just tender.
Add the veggies and just cover with water. Add the thyme, soy sauce, arame, and pepper.
Bring to boil then reduce to a simmer for 1 hour.
Add miso paste and blend with an immersion blender.
Season with salt and more pepper as needed.
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