i’ve been on a diet so i went to the korean grocery to stock up. asian food is killer delish & unbelievably healthy. massive bags of fresh shitake shrooms. check. dark bonito miso. check. 7 kinds of exotic dried mushrooms. probably 50 kinds of seaweed frozen, dried & fresh. live conch. all kinds of crabs & shrimps. every liquid & spice you need. it’s all there and practically free. 2 lbs of strawberries for a buck fifty. chopped em, put honey on them & put in freezer for future smoothies. not before eating a couple bowls first.

anyhow, i was jones’in for some nice rich mushroom soup. it came together perfectly. i steamed some 10 grains (also SO cheap) & added for extra bulk. here is the recipe

5 bulbs garlic
1 inch ginger

-pulvarize together. cook in some veg. oil till golden. then add

1 carrot skinned & chopped small
1/2 cup assorted dried mushrooms soaked in 4 cups boiled water for half hour (keep the broth) chopped very small (i used morels, shitake & porcini)
2-3 giant fresh shitake (or whatever you like) sliced thin
3 T. fish sauce
3 T. soy sauce
3 T. any kind of miso

cook until carrots begin to soften, 15 minutes. soft cook-try not to boil.

then add

the broth from the dried mushrooms, & 2 cups of any kind of stock.

cook another 20 minutes or so. then add a few dashes of

sesame oil
1/2 cup fine chopped scallions
1 cup chopped spinach or any kind of seaweed

cook 10 more minutes.

it’s good alone or with some grains/brown or white rice. i think soba would also be nice.

itkadake masu !!!