Broth and Spice! Makes simple and nice !

Hello Namaste All!

A visit to the farmer’s market always brings joy to me. This corn and miso broth soup was inspired by the market ingredients, the weather and the Whisperings of the spices !

6 ears of corn, husked
4 medium carrots, scrubbed, cut diagonally
2 cups shelled edamame
1 teaspoon garlic, minced
1 teaspoon ginger, minced
2 tablespoons fresh herbs, minced ( optional ),your choice. I used, cilantro, mint, tarragon
8 cups of water
2 tablespoons light miso paste
1 tablespoon Spice Whisperer blend ( you can substitute a good curry powder)

In a large pot bring the water and corn to a boil. Then simmer for about 30 minutes.
When cool , slice the kernels off the cob and put back into the corn stock. I added the denuded cobs too.
Add the spice blend, ginger, garlic, edamame and carrots and simmer another 15 minutes or more.
Just before serving stir the miso paste and fresh herbs!!


Note: You can customize the vegetable combinations to your taste and availability. Serve it with a plate of noodles and stir fried greens and you have a full meal !



Lavender kissed chocolate balls !!



The idea of creating these chocolate balls came from several sources.
Lavender is in full bloom.
In India there is a popular milk based dessert called “peda”.
And then there is dark chocolate!

So these delicious lavender kissed chocolate balls take shape.

Intuitive recipe

1 # fresh ricotta or homemade paneer ( Indian pot cheese)
6-7 ounces 70% dark chocolate Organic and Fair Trade preferred
1 1/2 cups almond meal
1/3 cup organic, raw sugar
1/2 teaspoon crushed lavender

1. Place ricotta in a heavy bottomed pan. On medium heat cook the ricotta for a few minutes. Add the sugar and keep cooking till the mixture thickens and begins to pull in from the sides of the pan.
2. Add the chocolate in small chunks. Keep stirring till the chocolate has melted and mixed evenly.
3. Add the lavender . Shut the heat and mix thoroughly.
4. Cool the mixture. Form into balls and refrigerate.

This makes about 20-24 balls.

Enjoy !