Rainy Days are Soup Days

We had one day, Monday, forecast to be sunny. I chose to use it to run errands, one of which was to stop at the Asian grocery. They had lovely shiitake mushrooms on sale. I could not resist getting a couple of packages.  Now the return of rainy weather has triggered my sinuses to act up. I have been getting pressure behind my right ear that will not clear. I was fine over the weekend and on the shopping day but yesterday and today I have a painful earache. I actually took the dreaded ibuprofen. So I am also preparing the shiitakes as a better form of medicine. When any part of your head hurts, it calls for soup. When the weather is dark and cold and raw it calls for soup.

Shiitakegrowing Shiitakes  contain all eight essential amino acids which is unique in a plant food source. They also contain a type of essential fatty acid called linoleic acid. Shiitake mushrooms have sterol compounds that interfere with the production of cholesterol in the liver. They not only slow it’s production but also contain potent phytonutrients that keep cells from sticking to blood vessel walls and forming plaque buildup. Perhaps their most well known health benefit is immune support. So they are a perfect tool to fight this sinus thing. Since thisweather is predicted to linger I have to take action. Life can’t stop even though my ear is really bothering me.

Seoul-Namdaemun.Market-ginsengI also have some ginseng root I will add to the stock. Whenever I see fresh ginseng in the Korean market I always get some. To preserve it I bottle the roots in white wine or rice wine. When I lived in Korea I spent hours in places like this store on Namdaemun market, asking about the medicines and their uses. I also got a tour of the herbal pharmacy and acupuncture clinic at one of the major medical schools and was so impressed I having been using both herbal medicine and acupuncture ever since. When I lived in California I would write the herbs I wanted down in Chinese characters and take them to a little shop in San Francisco’s Chinatown. My spoken Chinese was very basic and the people there spoke Cantonese, not Mandarin, anyway, but the list worked perfectly. They would sometimes write suggestions or directions for me which I would take home and translate

IMG_5194 (1)It isn’t just Asians who use medicinal soup. After all, chicken soup has been fed to those under the weather in Europe and America for years. Paleo diet people are touting the benefits of bone broth. Soup is a comfort food as well as a nutritional one. Most people, regardless of origin or ethnicity have a favorite soup, and in many places soup is part of every meal. Since this rainy weather is going to keep up. I probably will be making more soup than just my medicinal mushroom special. There are so many to choose from. If I had to pick a favorite it would be almost impossible, but lot’s of people do. What’s your favorite?

Shiitake Mushrooms By frankenstoen from Portland, Oregon [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

Namdaemun Market By yarra64 (a flickr user) (http://flickr.com/photos/yarra64/234368934/) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

Stock Pot By pepperdream via Morguefile,com


About angela1313

I am a cat lover, a writer, and an artist who is finally making time to work on my art.
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8 Responses to Rainy Days are Soup Days

  1. robert okaji says:

    I enjoy a basic vegetable soup, sometimes with a beef broth, occasionally with chicken broth, and also a veggie stock. Always good.


    • angela1313 says:

      Made lovely veggie soup a week ago with tiny golden beets and baby carrots from the farmer’s market. The stock was just water with a heaping teaspoon of doenjang and a thumb-sized piece of galangal sliced. It was an experiment and a delicious success.

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  2. jamjet73 says:

    You are so right, rainy days are soup days along with cats and candles, that’s been my saying on my blogs, thanks. =^..^=


  3. donutsplace says:

    Oh I loved your post!!
    You are speaking about things I love and am interested in too. Care to share your recipe or is it a secret recipe?
    I have been wanting to grow several types of mushrooms. Starting from the kits.
    Mushrooms are very valuable for the immune system and dogs can also benefit from it as well.
    There is a site on http://www.mercola.com and go tonthe pet part. They will list which kinds they have for dogs. They sell it also, but fresh is good too.
    I love the shiitake, Portobellos, and some others.
    Portobellos almost taste like a meat on a sandwich.
    Here we have turkey tails, morels, and a few others that grow wild.
    I have spotted a patch of turkey tails close by. 😉
    Today I saw some that had come up. I’m not sure what they are. Fairly thick stems with gray caps. Probably not edible. I am not that knowledgeable yet.But I love looking at different mushrooms. Gorgeous colors.
    Have you tried the pressure points near the base of the skull ? And on the face near the nose, eyebrows and temples.
    Sometimes it will release sinus pressure and also drain them. I have books on acupressure. They work great. But I also would love to know acupuncture!

    As far as soups go, I pressure cook chicken and cut up in small pieces. I add some to the broth from the chicken. Add carrots, green beans, ( or peas ) onion or leeks ( they are heirlooms grown here for a long time now.) Some noodles or potatoes too. Spices can be rosemary, basil, oregano, ( or you can just use the Italian seasonings If you have that. ) tumeric, and some ginger too. Maybe a bay leaf or two.
    I have heard bay leaves help you keep down your soup if sick? Bay does not grow here though…
    I try to grow my own herbs and really love the rosemary a lot. 😉
    If you have more recipes I would love to hear them. Even food dishes you cook. And of course your writings on them and information you have learned! Very interesting….
    Thank you for sharing! ♡


  4. donutsplace says:

    I forgot to add that horseradish will defiantly open the sinuses! !


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