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Detox soup

Happy New Year! In celebration I thought I would share my favourite recipe of 2012, which is delicious and healthy, lifted to this heady height of praise by it’s exciting list of ingredients, all adding something very special –

Miso – a Japanese fermented soya bean paste which is added just at the end of cooking, careful not to boil so that it maintains all its friendly bacteria and delicious taste. It has wonderfully cleansing properties, good to counteract all our over indulgences.

Ginger – a wonderfully aromatic and warming root which helps reduce indigestion, nausea and heartburn.

Soya Beans – complete protein in a bean, a great vegetarian food.

Barley – the highest fibre grain, assists in the reduction of cholesterol.

Garlic – known by many as a ‘wonder drug’ , it is proven to have antiviral, antibacterial and anti-fungal properties.

Kale – there are several varieties of kale, each with a unique flavour and texture but all are packed with nutritional value and fibre. But what bumps kale up the superfood chain is its abundance in phytochemicals, substances associated with the prevention of cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and hypertension – four of the leading causes of death in Western countries. These shots are of cavolo nero growing in the garden here.

Chilli – contains capsaicin which aids to reduce blood sugar levels and boosts circulation.

Hope this has convinced you to make this soup, you really won’t ever stop! (I may sound horribly virtuous sending you this soup, but as I sit here I have just eaten the last Christmas Lindor chocolate in the box!)

Everyone loves cookery books, no one more than me, so I have listed three of my favourites of 2012:

Vegetarian by Alice Hart– full of delicious and easy to prepare dishes to convince us all to eat less meat!

How to cook Indian by Sanjeev Kapoor -no photographs, so not everyones cup of tea, but over 500 recipes of authentic delicious dishes.

Ancient Grains for Modern Meals by Maria Speck– if ever you need inspiration to add more grains to your diet this beautifully written book is a real must.


Detox soup

Serves 6

  • 100g pearl barley or brown rice
  • 3 shallots thinly sliced
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic finely chopped
  • 2 cm fresh ginger finely chopped
  • 1.5 litre vegetable stock
  • 100g frozen soya beans
  • 4 large leaves of kale, central spine removed and finely chopped
  • 100g sugar snap peas or mange tout
  • 2 tsp miso paste, I use brown
  • pinch of chopped chilli
  • salt and pepper to tast

First rinse the barley and then place in a pan of salted water and simmer for 15/20 minutes until it is cooked but still retains a bite. Drain and keep to add to the soup bowls later.

Add the shallots, garlic and ginger to a pan with the olive oil and cook until softened but not coloured.

Add the vegetable stock, soya beans, kale and sugar snaps and bring to the boil. Simmer for a couple of minutes and then add the miso paste. Adjust seasoning if needed.

Place a tablespoon of cooked barley in the bottom of each warmed soup bowl and pour in the soup.

Sprinkle with chilli if you like a bit of a kick!

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5 comments on “Detox soup


02 Jan 2013

Absolutely delicious! Made this for all the family after eating far too much at Christmas and everybody loved it. Thank you!


Jane kindler

03 Jan 2013

Sally. I am making this on Friday. Does it have to be frozen soya beans or can I use fresh from the wet market here in Hong Kong. ? Jane xx



    03 Jan 2013

    How lucky you are to get fresh ones! Yes, do use they will be delicious.



03 Jan 2013

This looks fantastic. I was just wondering where I could buy Miso?



    04 Jan 2013

    All good supermarkets now sell miso in their oriental cooking sections, on-line there are also lots of suppliers.


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