A walk to Chinatown and then the Market! What a fun day we had. Long ago, Ana and I decided to make our friend Mia’s meal-in-a-minute soup recipe. This included pot stickers, which are one of my favorite foods. Now finding frozen pot stickers is not difficult, but finding vegetarian ones is a little harder. Maybe hard isn’t the right word – no special effort or talent is required, but luck is. We were both keeping an eye out for them, and had been for several months, and then we both found them on almost the same day. It was kind of mysterious how that happened. So, having finally gotten the main ingredient, we took a trek to Chinatown to get the rest of the ingredients – actually, I guess we didn’t really need to go there for anything, but it is always a fun outing and I needed some sea weedy things which were not necessary, but which we added in. And Ana really did need to go to the Market, so we mixed business with pleasure.
Miso Soup a la Mia
2 tablespoons hijiki
10 shitaki mushrooms, soaked and sliced
1 large carrot, julienned
½ cup snow peas
½ cup onion, chopped
7 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
1 cup tofu, diced
4 tablespoons miso paste (we used half sweet white and half barley)
¾ lb fresh spinach
About 6 frozen pot stickers
Bring 6 cups water to a boil. Dissolve miso paste(s) in water. Add grated ginger, onion, garlic, and pot stickers. Cover and cook three minutes. Add remaining ingredients. Cover and cook additional three minutes. Garnish with sesame oil.
A nice shandy was the perfect accompaniment.
After dinner, we watched a Nancy Drew movie with Bonita Granville. One of the main google searches which sends people to this blog is “pictures of Bonita Granville.” So here, for your viewing pleasure, one is – direct from my TV screen to you!