Roasted Asparagus and Maitake Soup

Oven-roasted asparagus tips, maitake mushroom, ginger, green onions, poached duck egg and brown rice in a healing miso bone broth..

Roasted Asparagus and Maitake Soup

Roasted Asparagus and Maitake Soup

Lightly coat fresh asparagus tips and Maitake mushrooms (Hen of the Woods) with melted pastured butter. Season with freshly-cracked pepper (no salt) and roast in a 400 degree oven until the asparagus begins to caramelize and the mushrooms begin to crisp on the edges.  Set aside.

Meanwhile, cook organic short-grain brown rice in homemade chicken stock with the melted butter and juices from the roasted vegetables until just tender, about 50 minutes.

Reduce heat to medium low and add crushed garlic, minced fresh ginger, thinly sliced green onions and coarsely chopped maitake.  Stir to combine.

Carefully pour one or more duck eggs from a dish directly into the simmering soup.  Cover and cook until the eggs are set, about 7 minutes more-or-less.

Remove from heat a stir in a spoonful of miso.

Garnish with a little red pepper and some pea shoots or micro-greens and serve immediately.

Pomegranate Chutney

Fresh pomegranate seeds, coriander, green onions, chiles, ginger and red currant coulis..

Pomegranate Chutney

Pomegranate Chutney with Salmon

For the Red Currant Coulis (adapted from saveur.com)

1 cup red currants, rinsed, stemmed and picked over
1/3 cup filtered water
1 tablespoon rapadura or other non-refined sweetener to taste
pinch of salt

Bring currants and water to a rapid boil, then reduce heat and simmer until currants begin to break apart, about 10 minutes.

Stir in salt and sugar, then mash all together with the back of a wooden spoon.  Allow to cool to room temperature before refrigerating for up to two weeks.

For the Chutney (adapted from a recipe by Sunset Magazine)

1/4 cup red currant coulis
1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions
1/2 cup fresh pomegranate seeds
1 1/2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
2 small Serrano chiles, finely minced
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander seeds
1 1ablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
sea salt and and freshly-ground pepper

Combine all ingredients in a non-reactive bowl.  Add a little more coulis if too thin, a little pomegranate juice if too thick.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Pomegranate Chutney is high in vitamins C and B5 and contains numerous free-radical scavenging phytochemicals that may help to reduce heart disease risk factors.

Try pomegranate chutney with salmon and leafy greens for extraordinary flavor and nourishment!


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This post is part of Real Food Wednesdays

Grilled Squash with Lemon Aioli

Grilled patty pan squash with lemon aïoli, sun-dried tomatoes, green onions, sweet peppers and fresh oregano..

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Grilled Squash with Lemon Aïoli

For the aïoli

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 small egg yolk
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1-2 garlic cloves
pinch sea salt
a few drops of water

Mince the garlic and macerate in the lemon juice for several minutes, then combine with egg yolk, salt and water in a large bowl.  Whisk in olive oil in a slow, steady stream.

Lightly oil 1/4 inch slices of patty pan squash, trimmed greened onions and sweet peppers with virgin olive oil (not extra virgin) and season with sea salt and cracked pepper.

Grill vegetables until tender and browned along the edges.  Keep warm.

Meanwhile, prepare saffron fettuccine according to package directions (or make your own). Use the hot pasta water to re-hydrate the sun-dried tomatoes. Toss the pasta in a spoonful of olive oil.

Arrange pasta in center of plate and surround with grilled vegetables.  Dress with aïoli, chopped sun-dried tomatoes and fresh oregano.

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Green Tea-Crusted Cod with Buckwheat Tabouli

Green Tea-Crusted Cod with buckwheat tabouli

Rinse hulled buckwheat and cook according to package directions. Allow to chill in refrigerator for an hour, then combine with olive oil, garlic, mint, parsley, tomatoes, cucumber, green onion, lemon juice, toasted hemp seed nuts and sea salt.

Lightly coat cod with rice flour seasoned with toasted green tea, sea salt and pepper. Pan fry over medium heat in a little oil and butter, turning once (approximately 4 min/side depending on thickness).

Remove fish from pan and deglaze with white wine. Add lemon juice and parsley and reduce for a minute or so. Finish with pat of cold butter and spoon over the fish.

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