Sunset Soup

Sunset Soup

Sunset Soup

I originally posted a similar recipe to this one for Sunset Soup on my Bean Vegan blog last year – with this photograph. This recipe is slightly different, using golden beets instead of squash. I think I like it better! Anyway, we had it at suppertime a couple of days ago and we’re planning on having it again soon. Great soup.

SUNSET SOUP

1 orange
1 cup chopped raw carrots
1 cup chopped raw golden beet
3/4 cup raw cranberries (I used frozen)
1 Tbsp grated ginger root
1-1/2 to 2 cups water (This is approximate. Fiddle around until it’s the right consistency for you.)
1 Tbsp white miso
1 Tbsp Braggs aminos/all-purpose seasoning
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
salt (if needed) to taste

Zest the orange, remove the white pith with a sharp knife and discard, slice and chop the orange flesh, removing seeds as you go.
Put all ingredients (including the orange zest, unless you want to reserve a few strands for garnish) into your blender and puree, adding more water if needed to get to the desired consistency.

Garnish if you like with some of the orange zest – and a few dried cranberries are pretty if you forgot to save some of the fresh ones.

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Red River Raw Borscht, Avocado & Strawberries, Portobello Green Stack

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Red River Raw Borscht

This Red River Raw Borscht is my own recipe, adapted from my cooked borscht recipe (previously published on my Bean Vegan blog). We had it today for the first time in ages, and it surprised us both by being even better than we remembered. The fruit flavours blend beautifully with the beets, and the whole is fresh and summery in feel. Here you are:

RED RIVER RAW BORSCHT

3/4 pound red beets, peeled and chopped
1 large clove garlic
Two large handfuls of fresh spinach (I’d have preferred beet greens, but it’s late in the year for that)
1-1/4 cups cranberries (I used some I’d frozen earlier)
Zest, juice and chopped flesh of 1 orange (blood orange, if you have it)
4 sundried tomatoes, soaked and chopped (soaking liquid reserved)
Large handful dulse, lightly rinsed, chopped (other sea vegetable would be good, but I was keeping with red.)
1-1/2 tsp miso
2 or 3 dashes cayenne (optional, but it gives it a nice extra zip)
Enough water to blend the ingredients and to reach the desired consistency

Set a few cranberries aside for garnish, if you wish, and put the rest of the ingredients with the soaking liquid from the dried tomatoes and a cup or more of water into a blender. Puree well, adding more water as needed. Add any extra water to bring to your preferred thickness. Taste for seasoning and adjust. Regrigerate until needed, for a cold soup, or serve at room temperature.

Garnish with cranberries and, if you like, fresh herbs, etc. Serve with freshly ground black pepper.

And – oh yes, the name of the soup? My very first taste of borscht was in the late ’40s and came from the kitchen of a lady who had migrated to Manitoba from the Ukraine. The soup was strong (not raw and not, I recall, vegetarian), chunky, full of many wonderful things, and was like no soup I’d ever eaten before. I loved it! This soup is named in honour of that long-ago hospitality. Thank you, Mrs B.

Avocado & Strawberry

Avocado & Strawberry

This Avocado and Strawberry combination was served plain except for a tiny sprinkle of balsamic vinergar and the same amount of mirin. It was delicious.

The above dish accompanied another mushroom dish:

Portobello Green Stack

Portobello Green Stack

This was really just a glorified salad, but the combination of different greens amused me and I decided to photograph it for this blog.

I started out with a large portobello sprinkled with lemon juice, Bragg’s Liquid Soy (Liquid Aminos), and a few flakes of crushed chilies. Then I put layers of each of: basil leaves, sliced heirloom green zebra tomatoes (which are still green when juicy and ripe), slivers of onion, thin rounds of green bell pepper, and more of the tomatoes on top, interspersing the layers with more lemon juice and a little (very little) more of the crushed chilies.Thin slices of English Cucumber are around the edge of the plate.

The earthy taste of the mushroom and its chewy texture complemented the freshness of the green vegetables beautifully. It was not only tasty but fun to make and eat.

This raw adventure keeps getting better and better!

Stuffed Avocado, Raw Tomato Soup

Stuffed Avocad

Stuffed Avocado

Today was mostly fruit and salads (yeah, of course!) and very good they were too. I did, however, do a little (very little) preparation for a couple of dishes. The above Stuffed Avocado is one. This dish has been with me a while, over a year, since the first time I tried a Raw Food Diet (note those capital letters, my friends – it signifies how important I think this project is!). I saw the original recipe in Kate Wood’s Eat Right Eat Raw (and posted it with a photo on my Bean Vegan blog on Blogspot right HERE but of course, being me, changed it a bit right from the start, mostly by adding lime zest and lime juice. After that I started to do variations on the adaptation (as you see HERE).  The recipe lends itself to lots of experimentation and is not only simple but very forgiving.

STUFFED AVOCADO

For each avocado:
1 Tbsp raw sunflower seeds
1 medium carrot, chopped
4 sundried tomatoes, rehydrated
1 tsp miso
1 Tbsp nutritional yeast flakes
1 slice onion
1/4 thai chili or ground cayenne to taste (you might want to adjust this down a bit – we like it hot!)
a shake or two of dried basil (or use fresh – I didn’t have any)
juice of half a lime or according to taste (or use lemon)
Garnish: handful of alfalfa sprouts, slice or quarter of lime, few strands of lime zest, whatever

Puree all ingredients except for the avocado and the alfalfa sprouts. halve the avocado, remove seed. Fill the hollow in each half with the mixture and then spread it across the avocado. Garnish with the alfalfa sprouts, top with the lime zest and add the lime to the plate for squeezing.

NOTE: You may have some of the stuffing left over – just refrigerate and use it for dip or sandwich spread or whatever in the next day. Delish.

VARIATION: Add a little Bragg’s Liquid Aminos/All-Purpose Liquid Soy Seasoning, skip the dried tomatoes, and/or use ginger as well as the chili. You can substitute an herb or herb mix of your choice for the basil – whatever. Just have fun with it – we do.

Raw Tomato Soup

Raw Tomato Soup

Now this Raw Tomato Soup is sinfully quick and easy – like making a smoothie. I got the orignal recipe from the same source, Kate Wood, and can only tell you that the soup is excellent. The only thing is that either she counted on very very large bowls to hold the soup or I had extraordinarily large tomatoes. (Well, I did have large tomatoes – humongous, in fact – but I could only use three of them instead of the twelve she asked for or I’d have soon run out of room in the blender. Best to guesstimate for yourself how many you need. I do wish she’d indicated by weight – or even cupfuls of chopped tomatoes. I shall weight how much is needed next time. I did make some slight changes to suit our taste and omitted the optional avocado (which Ms Wood said would make for a creamy texture). I didn’t think it or we needed the extra calories 😉

RAW TOMATO SOUP

12 tomatoes (but see note above re how many or how much really needed)
1 stick celery
3 cloves garlic
2 tsp raw agave nectar
3 Tbsp fresh basil leaves
2 or 3 Tbsp nutritional yeast flakes
1 or 2 dashes ground cayenne
2 Tbsp Braggs Liquid Aminos/All-Purpose Liquid Soy Seasoning
8 fl oz water (or as little or much as you need to bring it to the right consistency)

Chop the vegetables and put everything into the blender and blend it until it’s smooth.

This soup was very very good – and we did finish the lot, despite it being twice as much as even these soup fiends would normally have at a sitting. I shall be working on the recipe to get it to our particular taste, but for this first time I made it reasonably close to the original (well, I upped the seasonings a tad) and would have been delighted to have it anywhere and anytime!

And now for my next meal . . . I have some portobellos in the fridge begging for something interesting to happen to them. I wouldn’t like to disappoint 🙂