Monday, April 28, 2008

Healthy Hemp Soup

Hi folks.
I wanted to share my sort of recipe for hemp soup. I call it sort of because it will never be the same twice. Here are the ingredients I know the amounts of. Rice- 1 cup rice to 2 cups water with salt , prepped ahead of time,1 sheet of rough nori (seaweed), the cheaper stuff that you would not use for making sushi, ripped into small bits but into about 4 cups of water and start to boil. then add 2 handfuls of hemp seed, roasted & salted, 1 handful of roasted & salted, hulled sunflower seeds,1 handful dry roasted and ground with sea salt, sesame seeds, about 1 tablespoon of Tarragon and 1 of Basil, dried, from my herb garden last season,2 overflowing tablespoons of red Miso and the final ingredient is a home made seasoning salt made from salt, paprika, onion, garlic, curry and mustard powder, thyme, celery salt,dry dill weed and marjoram. The water may be a bit more and you can add more when you let it sit to let the rice soak up the soup. the sunflower seeds will swell and get soft and the other seeds will float on top. It is a very earthy soup, but very healthy. It is almost impossible to explain the taste. For those who do not know what miso is, it is soybeans that have been fermented. I have no clue how many people that amount would feed, but I know I will be able to live of this for the next 2 days with other meals, like cheese sandwiches and snacks and cereal for breakfast. I need something packed full of energy that I can heat up quickly and eat quickly during my 2 - 10 minute breaks I get when doing my shift as a psychic on and . Yes I know, I am more than a pretty face.

I tried something the same but I added dehydrated ham in the soup for extra protein. I have a gas oven that has a small pilot light that keeps the inside warm and dry. I cut up ham that has been cooked already and lay the slices on special drying racks. I figure I have the pilot going anyway I may as well get my money's worth. It is a good system. This year I am going to make a solar powered dryer so I will be able to do that on a larger scale with no investment of fuel (other than the energy I need to make the solar dryer in the first place) .

Enjoy the soup and experiment using other seeds and rice or noodles. Try different herbs . Add sprouts on top of the soup for added greens. Try different soup bases. Write me back at to let me know what you have come up with.
Bon appetite.

Michael J. Kaer - and