Sopa de espárragos verdes

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A warm Spanish soup today :

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This month :

Blog-checking lines: Our November Daring Cooks’ hostess was Begoña, who writes the beautiful blog, Las recetas de Marichu y las mías. Begoña is from Spain and didn’t want to go with the more common challenges of paella or gazpacho, she wanted to share with us another very popular recipe from Spain that we don’t see as often called Sopa Castellana which is a delicious bread soup!

(more here)

Besides the classic (with a complicated broth), there was an asparagus version that I’ve preferred.

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I combine the 2 recipes and changed… well, here is my broth, based on a grilled onion, with stalks of turnip, cloves, laurel, thyme, rosemary, a dry mushroom and chick peas.

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In the South of France, this type of simple bread soup existed too. Particularly aigo boulido in Provence, so my impression is garlic is the main ingredient.

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It’s the season of frozen green asparagus. Always.

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The soup with the bread.

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Poached quail egg. A similar soup with one egg is called “bouillabaisse borgne” one-eyed bouillabaisse.

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So we have a 4 eye monster soup.

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Mmmm, it’s very filling.

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Shimeji asparagus risotto and tofu caprese

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Italian lunch all plant-based, with local season ingredients. It’s Summer !

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Shimeji mushrooms and green asparagus (only the stalks as I used the tips before) are the guests of this risotto.

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I make it stove-top in my rice-cooker bowl, so I can then use the RC keep hot function. Garlic, leek and a chili pepper in olive oil to flavor the rice. I used sakekasu (sake lees) and water as broth to get a cheese-like creamy flavor.

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It’s not as creamy as usual. The reason is I used hatsuga mai, polished germinated rice. That’s nice too to have a lighter texture in Summer.

Other risotti (click here).

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That’s very simple. A good tomato. Sliced. A good tofu. Sliced. Fresh basil. A pinch of salt over the tomatoes. A drizzle of olive oil, one of balsamico vinegar.

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Green asparagus. Pickle sauce beans.

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This is food for hot days. Green asparagus with cheezinaise. Pickles and tomato sauce white beans. It’s spicy, refreshing, plant-based and easy to digest.

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Beans in tomato sauce are usually something to warm you up in Winter, but adding the tartness and sourness of pickles totally refreshes the dish.

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Boiled daifuku mame white beans, reheated in tomato sauce. I have then added capers, home-made tarragon pickles, some steamed stalks of green asparagus…

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… a minced small red onion. I’ve let that 3 hours at room temperature, so flavors mixed well.

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Served with mizuna leaves.

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Cheezinaise
It’s similar to this one. Sakekasu brings a cheesy flavor. It is made of miso, sakekasu (sake lees), chili pepper and turmeric. After pasting and adding water, I cooked it a few minutes and let cool, and later completed with olive oil.

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I’ve boiled very briefly the thin green asparagus spears and refreshed them in iced water. I’ve eaten them with the sauce.

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Abalone four ways

Last year’s abalone/awabi/ormeau series :

cleaning and cutting abalone

ormeau au beurre (French style buttered abalone)

Korean abalone royal soup

Awabi to kimo (Japanese style)

Abalone ink pasta

Stinky cheesy sauce for asparagus and carrot bread

That’s not a sauce for the faint of heart. It’s not cheese, taste is not really cheese, but it’s strength 8 of the Munster scale that has 7 degrees.

about sake kasu

I had some sake kasu that was in the fridge since… a while ago. It doesn’t go bad. Just stronger. Fiercer.

The paprika is mostly for the color. Otherwise it’s a bit too grey.


Just mix, paste, add water.

Serve with green asparagus.

If you have some left, it’s great on carrot bread. It’s a quick bread made of flour + rice bran, backing powder, grated carrot, turmeric, salt, water. Baked in the oven toaster in about 10-15 minutes.
The top photo with cold sauce, the bottom one toasted with the sauce. Both are delicious. If you like strong food…