As I mentioned the other day, I caught a nasty cold, probably the worst I've had since I became vegan about 6 years ago, though I feel a lot better today. I've been trying to eat my greens, drink lots of tea (okay, and whiskey), and mind my vitamins. I also immediately thought: soup!
After picking up a couple items at Mr. Kiwi the other day, I made a
Manhattan winter standard: Manhattan "Glam" Chowder from Isa Moskowitz's
Appetite for Reduction.
I'm starting to think that part of the reason I
like Isa's recipes so much is because they're always accompanied by
anecdotes about her NYC childhood that I like to compare to mine (hers are usually a lot cooler though.) That,
and the recipes are usually delicious.
I believe I've only had Manhattan clam
chowder once, which differs from its New England counterpart in being
tomato- rather than cream-based, so I can't say exactly how the
vegan version compares with the original. Isa modifies the soup using shiitake mushrooms as a stand-in for the
clams and adds crumbled nori sheets for a seafood-y taste. I added a
dash of tamari to up the umami flavor and it really hit the spot. I
thought the chowder was a little heavy on the potatoes, but maybe I just cut them
too large. When I'm hungry and sick, I can get too lazy to chop
I definitely recommend the soup. It's probably even better when you add
the black pepper and thyme the recipe calls for - neither of which I could find,
which got me humming Le Tigre's "I'm outta thyme, I'm outta fucking thyme." I think maybe Isa would approve of the tune as well as the soup.