Some people are a little shy about cooking fish. This is a great first step out of your comfort zone: a simple yet hardy fish soup. It looks daunting, but it’s truly easy, and the herbal drizzle is a delicious finishing touch. Try it once, and it could become a go-to dish for entertaining, believe me! It’s that good.
Sometimes the colors that nature comes up with blow me away. Take the ruby red beets and red cabbage in this soup; they’re as brilliant as the dahlias that grow in my backyard. So, too, is their taste, and when combined with sautéed onion, fennel, and celery, plus cumin, coriander, and caraway, the result is simply luscious.
Sometimes I feel more like a mad scientist than a cook. That’s what soup making and a pantry full of ingredients can do to you. Here I’ve created a hybrid of chicken and miso soups. The miso matches well with the garlic, ginger, and shitake mushrooms, and it goes in at the end, when the soup is already hot, so it’s probiotics are preserved—great news for your digestion!
Kitchari, which means “mixture,” is a thousand-year-old staple of Ayurvedic healing that’s enjoying a moment these days—understandably! Nourishing and comforting, it’s really quite simple, traditionally being made with basmati rice, mung beans, and ghee. I’ve kicked it up quite a bit, adding onion, ginger, cauliflower, coriander, turmeric, and cumin, enhancing both flavor and texture. Try this one!
Those of you into cool or room-temperature soups will embrace the clean, fresh feel of this blend. The great shades of green from the avocado and cucumber are like a beautiful, edible watercolor.