Saturday, November 20, 2010

Provencal Miso Soup

Southern French Provence region fusion with miso soup?  Yes, this soup is delicious!
     Miso soup is a popular breakfast in Japan.  Nutritious and healthy, miso soup is a great way to start a day!
     Dashi Recipe:  Make a 5 minute traditional dashi broth!
     Heat a sauce pot over high heat. 
     Add enough water to make 1 1/2 bowls of soup.
     Add a small handful of shaved dried bonito flakes. 
     Add a small handful of chopped sea weed.
     Boil the broth for 5 minutes.
     Strain the broth through a fine mesh strainer into a bowl.
     Return the dashi broth to the sauce pot.
     Provencal Miso Soup:  Turn the temperature of the dashi broth to medium low heat.
     Add a minced garlic clove.
     Add a small dab of ginger paste.
     Add a small dash of soy sauce.
     Add a few drops of sesame oil.
     Add a tiny splash of dry white wine.
     Add 2 to 3 thin sliced shiitake mushrooms.
     Add about 2 tablespoons of diced green bell pepper.
     Add about 2 tablespoons of diced red bell pepper.
     Add a small handful of diced plum tomato.
     Add a small spoonful of chopped shallot.
     Add about 2 tablespoons of sliced leek.
     Add 2 pinches of coarsely chopped parsley.
     Add a pinch of black pepper.
     Add 2 to 3 pinches of Herbs Du Provence.  (Herbs du Provence is a mix of these dried herbs: marjoram, thyme leaf, savory, chervil, basil, rosemary, sage and fennel seed.  Dried lavender flowers are optional.)
     Stir in a heaping tablespoonful of red miso paste.
     Simmer the soup for 2 minutes.
     Pour the soup into a large shallow soup bowl.
     Garnish with a couple of basil leaves.
     The vegetables should be cooked al dente and not mushy!
     Delicious!  The flavor of soy miso soup goes well with the basic Provence region's vegetables and herbs.  Shiitake mushrooms add a nice flavor.  Provence is a seafood loving region of France.  So the traditional dashi goes well with the French ingredients.  I was sure that these two classic flavors of Japan and France would go well together in this fusion soup.  I was right!  If you are a miso soup lover, try this recipe for a very pleasant flavor surprise.  ...   Shawna

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