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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Warm Food for Cold Days

more snow, later slush, finally ice. The snow is gorgeous; the ice is dangerous. much better to stay inside and eat:

Hot & Sour mushroom soup from Isa Does It. Not something I believe I've ever ordered, but I'm glad I made. Lots of interesting textures and flavors. I finally found wood ear mushrooms for this, and while they taste fine, they look so gross! It seriously looks like you have to chop up an actual floppy ear when they are rehydrated oh man so creepy. Blarf o rama.

                                                        cute little samurai snowman

Gingery-garlicky stir-fry with rice, cabbage, tofu, onion, carrot, shiitake mushrooms, and red pepper flakes with sesame oil and soy sauce.

I made fermented cashew cheese, flavored with a little paprika and cayenne. Spread on woven wheat crackers.

Also, it was recently Imbolc, a Gaelic and Wiccan festival welcoming the beginning of the end of winter. One etymology says Imbolc means "ewe's milk" so it is traditional to drink and eat dairy. I made a milky chai tea drink - the spices in the tea also represent the beginnings of warmth. This is just black tea brewed with cinnamon, star anise, ginger, and vanilla extract. Almond milk was the milk of choice, agave syrup was added to sweeten.

                                      Here is Haxan catching some snowflakes on her head.

24 comments:

  1. Dude, fermented cashew cheese? THAT sounds like an experiment that needs to happen immediately at my house. (Especially considering my weakness for triscuits. As in, when I had my wisdom teeth out I only lasted a day on the all-yogurt diet before I was desperately sucking triscuits to a pap.)

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    1. Ha! I like Triscuits too but they are a workout on my mouth.

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  2. I've become a real weather wimp since moving West. Neither snow nor 20 below would stop me when I lived in Wis., and now 35˚ has me cowering inside. The soup, stir-fry and cheese all look like good companions for an indoor rebellion against the weather.

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  3. Make me some fermented cheese please! Please!

    PS Hot and Sour Soup is one of my favourite but I hate how, in North America, it's almost always made gloopy with cornstarch. I don't get it. No Asian restaurant back home ever made it gloopy.

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    1. It's so easy! And I'm not just saying that to get you to do it yrself. This soup had a little cornstarch in it but it didn't get gloopy or thicken much at all.

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  4. The Soup & the Stir-Fry look really great. Hope you shared with G.

    Haxan is an all-weather cat. Wonder if she remembers how hot it was last summer.

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    1. G did have some, for sure. He deserved it after coming over in the cold.
      I wonder too about cats' memories.

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  5. I am so jealous of that soup. Hot and sour soup is one of my favorite soups and I've been looking for a good recipe to make at home. I may have to try that one out! The stir fry looks really great as well. I love your snow pics too, the little samurai snowman is so cute. It looks pretty when I'm not out in it shoveling and weeping.

    Love when Haxan makes an appearance in your posts. She's so damn cute! She definitely handles the cold well.

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    1. You should try it! Do you own Isa Does It yet?
      Haxan has a nice, long, furry coat but I wonder how warm it keeps her.

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  6. That soup looks wonderful! Although yeah, those mushrooms are creepy..... Maybe swap in shiitakes next time?
    I can't believe you made cashew cheese- that's impressive!

    Be careful with the ice everywhere
    Ttrockwood

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    1. I have dried shiitakes too.. I usually save them for miso but YEAH so weird. I'll finish the bag and probably not buy anymore.
      You stay safe too!!

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  7. I want to snuggle Haxan's sweet little head! Nice salute to the beginning of the end of winter (that's a mouthful!). I'm ready to see her go, and happy to usher in Spring. Six more weeks, I believe?

    Yeah, those mushrooms kinda weird me out, too. Nice looking soup, though! And serious applause on the fermented cashew cheese!!!

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    1. Hax is quite snuggleable. She kept my feet warm the other night.

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  8. I don't know anything about cats, so I'm wondering how Haxan doesn't bolt from the window or at least venture further outside; is it just b/c it's cold? Would she do so in the nicer weather?

    I think this is the first post in a long time where you've made so many things from recipes. It all looks great- particularly that cheese. I'm currently inhaling some Treeline.

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    1. She goes outside when I'm out there but I'm sure you've heard of the indecisive, never satisfied cats - always halfway somewhere else. I think she was a little scared of the precipitation but slightly intrigued.

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  9. I am intrigued by that cashew cheese, yo! I bet it would bake into something amazing..

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    1. I have yet to try that but it would probably be fantastic, you're right.

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  10. I love hot & sour soup…I made this all the time, and it’s one of my childhood soups! I only use simple ingredients in my soup: white pepper, Chinese black vinegar, and soy sauce (and of course broth + starch).

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    1. Sounds delicious! I really liked it. Black vinegar is a really intense flavor! This was more mild, but it would be cool to step it up a little.

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  11. In general, it's better to stay inside and eat, in my book, especially with a good bit of cashew cheese and a cat/radiator to warm up against!

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    1. Agreed! I will take all of those things.

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    1. It was very tasty! Sometimes I like to throw a splash of coffee in the tea to step it up even more.

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