Monday, March 14, 2011

Moosewood Russian Cabbage Borscht Revisited

Another soup with Eastern and Central European roots – with mucho variations, depending on the country and region of origin.With my Hungarian and Romanian influences, we actually only served chilled Beet Borscht, while Russian rooted Aunt Ruthie also served a chilled spinach borscht “Schav”. I wonder if her Schav originally featured sorrel. A Russian healer I was blessed to know, introduced me to a version of this hot soup. Again, I begin with the enriching Magic Mineral Broth (tm) and adjust a couple of the original ingredients to maintain vegan vitality. Last week, did you hear me wish for Wayfare's latest non-dairy non-soy Sour Cream to finally make it to the 'burgh? I am tickled pink that my wish is granted!!! Thank you East End Food Coop!! I'm very excited to include a sample of it with a bit of dill as a wonderful garnish for this gorgeous beet borscht. And eager to get feedback on it. I wasn't sure about it myself, and in the blender, whipped it up, hoping it would feel and taste more like Tofutti's sour cream (that, btw, has almost three times the calories!!) Now there are three Wayfare products available in the 'burgh and I hope you cut the coupon and try them!!

Here’s the unique ingredient list for the “Not Sour Cream”: Oats, rice, lima beans, an oil blend of safflower and coconut, (In my experience, when cold, coconut oil solidifies – so, if you find after refrigeration that the garnish isn’t the texture you expected – I think that’s why) sea salt, citric acid and onion powder.

Other ingredients include: Apple cider vinegar, brown rice syrup, tomato puree, olive oil, yellow onions, celery, green cabbage, savoy cabbage, orange and red beets, beet tops and stems, red-skin and golden potatoes, sweet potatoes, Chinese healing spleen yam, sea salt, garlic and cracked lemon pepper with garlic, and fresh dill. This hearty soup is traditionally served with a dark bread for a first course (not as pictured above!), and I suggest having a few ounces of protein as an entrée, as this soup is packed with sugars from the beets – and glycemic index can be tamed with the addition of protein. With tofutti sour cream, there is more protein – in this Wayfare formula, we get 30 calories per 2 T, less than 1 gram of protein and fiber, 1% carbs and 80 mg sodium.

If only I had lovage leaves, I could introduce us to the Romanian version (with the traditional wheat bran ). I thought I’d put that new wish out and see what manifests :)
All Blessings of Compassion & Joy this Daylight Savings Week!
Your singing soup-maker, Sharda
Many Species...One Planet...One Future~
I See You ~ Namaste ~
Yours in Wellness, Gratitude, Vitality and the Rhythm of Nature,
Suzen Sharda Segall
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Suzen Sharda Segall, Wellness Personal Trainer/Consultant, designer and facilitator of BodyArts Therapeutics, has provided an integrated approach to health and wellness for a wide variety of populations, internationally,for over thirty-five years

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