When I moved to Arizona from the east coast over twelve years ago many people asked me if I missed the “seasons”. Back then my defensive self might have said, “you mean the frigid, icy endless winter? Or the sticky humid summer?” But the truth is I don’t miss the seasons because we actually do have seasons although they are different than east coast seasons. And right now we are entering our version of “fall/winter”. That means that it’s cool in the early morning (42 degrees right now) and likely to be sunny and in the low seventies later on. Perfect for late morning hikes, jeans and sweaters and this for dinner:
This mushroom buckwheat soup was actually dinner on Friday, Sunday and Monday and I wouldn’t mind having it again tonight but we finally finished it. This delicious variation of mushroom barley soup is gluten-free which is why I decided to give it a try. The recipe is here. This was the first time I made a dish with these:
In fact I’m pretty sure that the last time I had buckwheat or the more familiar “kasha” it was in frozen Manischewitz kasha varnishkes (kasha and bow tie pasta). But as soon as I added the groats to the bubbling mushroom broth and sautéed veggies the strong smell of kasha permeated the house. I like that smell, but if it’s not your bag (and you’re not gluten-free) you can make the traditional version with barley.
This soup has a great layering of flavors and some unexpected ingredients like the juice of a lemon and fennel seeds. For our soup I used a large onion instead of leeks. I also recommend using salt liberally and adding lots of freshly ground black pepper. Like with many soups, the flavor and texture of this soup got even better as we worked our way through the pot over the four days. I’m sure it would also freeze really well (Manischewitz has been doing it for years!)
So I’m now officially on the hunt for more hearty vegan soup recipes, and I have no time to lose because here in the desert winter doesn’t last very long.
Oh, and by the way, I do kind of miss that bit about the leaves changing 🙂