Season (sprinkle over the water) about a half cup of water with a garlic pepper seasoning mix (I use a special mix from Alden’s Mill House) and a seasoning blend with salt, oregano, marjoram, black pepper, garlic (or you can sprinkle in each spice if you don’t have a blend; I use The Chef’s Miracle Blend from Alden’s Mill House).
Sauté mushrooms, onion, celery and carrots in water until soft and pretty
Add in remaining herbs and seasonings
Add in stock and water
Take a couple of tablespoons of warm water and mix with the cornstarch. Add this mix to the soup.
Add in the flax milk
Simmer for about an hour.
This was made up as I went along and, I gotta’ say, it is delicious.
I did not know homemade mushroom soup could turn out so good!
Slice mushrooms and roughly cut up some sweet pepper. Sauté these in a few tablespoons of water. Add in about two tablespoons of coconut aminos (got mine from Trader Joe’s — least expensive brand that I’ve found). Shake in spices of your choice — I like Alden Mill’s Garlic-Pepper but when I don’t have that I use an Italian seasoning mix along with a bit of black pepper.
Often I add onions – depends on my mood!
This is good all by itself or added to a tossed salad or drizzled over mashed potatoes or rice.
(If you accidentally cook it a little to long and the water seems to disappear, add in some more water and this will pick up any dried spices and mushroom bits and it probably will taste even better.)
I don’t mean to be a reduntant blogger but soup is so good and so easy that I keep posting slightly different recipes. For this one, I didn’t saute anything! I just threw things into the pot.
I started out by boiling a few russet potatoes. I cooked these with two large cloves of garlic (used a garlic press). Instead of draining the water, I removed the potatoes and used the water for a soup base. I also added a cup or so of low-sodium vegetable broth.
(I used the remaining potatoes for mashed potatoes one day and fried potato slices the next.)
I threw in onions, orange pepper, carrot, celery… in fact all of the other ingredients.
Once they simmered for a few minutes, I added some frozen corn and peas and a little salt and pepper.
Sky’s the limit. Add in whatever you have on hand….like zucchini or beans.
Just one more thing: I included a 1/2 cup or so of leftover spaghetti sauce…it added a good tomato-y flavor!
This recipe is adapted from my sister’s recipe. She uses wheat flour and she includes two tablespoons of sugar in the pastry crust. I like the crust to be not sweet so I skip the sugar.
This is how I made the pastry crust:
1 1/2 cups Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Pastry Flour
1/4 teaspoon of salt
2 teaspoons milk (I used half and half but you could use plant milk to make it vegan)
1/2 cup salad oil (I used canola oil)
Mixed flour and salt together
Mixed oil and milk together
Stirred the wet ingredients in with the dry and stir to form dough
Rolled out between sheets of wax paper after sprinkling some flour on the ball of dough.
The roll-out is never a smooth process for me but usually I can accomplish a smooth enough dough to get most of it into the pie pan intact; then I press in pieces that have fallen off to fill in any gaps. I use the left over pieces and crumble them over the top of the pie after I add in the fruit filling.
This is how I made the filling:
I threw into a large sauce pan about two cups of frozen wild blueberries and about one cup of frozen sweet cherries; tossed in three tablespoons of instant tapioca; 1/3 cup of sugar; 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon; a tablespoon or so of lemon juice; and about 1/8 teaspoon of ground ginger and a pinch of salt. I let that simmer until everything was blended and hot (about 20 minutes or so).
Added the filling into the pie crust; topped it with crumbled pastry dough; popped it into the oven for 10 minutes at 450 degrees and then cooked for 30-40 minutes more at 350 degrees. When it is bubbling and the crust in slightly brown, I deemed it to be ready. (Gluten-Free crust is very white and doesn’t get too brown so need to be careful not to over cook it, thinking it will brown like wheat flour because I don’t think it will do that!)
There was quite a bit of tossing, and popping and throwing and rolling, but the result was lovely and delicious and the process was quite therapeutic (relaxing and meditative, I would say)!
I cut up a half of a banana, sliced in some mango, plopped on a quarter cup or so of Daiya Black Cherry Yogurt…quick and tasty! It barely qualifies as a recipe, more like an idea and an excuse for me to take a picture of something I like liking at. (At which I like looking?)