Starring an exceptionally flavoured broth featuring gut-friendly miso, this soup proves embracing the great outdoors can play beautifully on your palate without being fussy. If visiting the coast, look for fishermen bringing just-harvested shellfish to shore. Or bring them from home in a bowl covered with a damp paper towel and placed in a cold cooler. You could also use a combination of mussels, clams, and even oysters. Serve with chunks of crusty bread.
Gently tap mussels and clams with open shells against the countertop. Discard any that do not close their shells within a few minutes or that have cracked shells. To avoid serving gritty soup if using wild shellfish (farm-raised clams and mussels are usually cleaned and flushed of sand before they’re sold), submerge clams or mussels in bowl of cool water. Leave them to soak for at least 30 minutes.
While underwater, they will breathe and filter the water, which will begin to push out any sand or other ocean grit from inside their shells. Adding about 1/4 cup (60 mL) flour to the soaking liquid can help speed up the removal of sand or grit.
Lift shellfish from water and scrub shells to clean any grit from the outside surface. Remove beards from mussels using tweezers.
In large saucepan over medium heat on camp stove or in Dutch oven placed on grill grate set over a campfire, melt butter. Add shallots, garlic, and ginger; heat for 2 minutes, stirring often. Add black pepper and chili flakes, if using; heat for 30 seconds. Add wine and boil for 2 minutes. Add 3 cups (750 mL) water and bring to a boil. Add mussels or clams and return to a boil. Reduce heat to medium, cover, and cook until shellfish open, 4 to 6 minutes.
Remove mussels or clams from broth with tongs or slotted spoon and place in large bowl; let stand until cool enough to handle. (Discard any unopened mussels or clams.) Remove meat from shells; discard shells. (May also be served with shells.) Return any juices to pan.
In small bowl, combine miso with 1/4 cup (60 mL) of the broth; stir into smooth paste. Set aside.
Place potatoes in pan and simmer until tender, about 20 minutes. Whisk miso paste into simmering broth. Stir in spinach and heat just until lightly wilted. Stir in lemon juice.
Divide mussels or clams among 4 bowls. Ladle soup mixture over shellfish and garnish with green onions.
This recipe is part of the Outdoor Eats collection.
Licorice-flavoured fennel, tart apple, and a hint of pleasant bitterness from radicchio combines with a touch of sweet dressing for a refreshingly delicious salad. Fennel contains a number of vitamins and minerals known to be involved in digestion, including vitamin C, manganese, and niacin which helps transform the food you eat into energy. Apple adds sweet crunch and all-important fibre. Know your fennel The fennel bulb we buy at the market is a cultivar variety known as Florence fennel. Fennel seeds, which are sometimes eaten after a meal to ease digestion, and which are also used for cooking, come from the common fennel, which grows wild in southern Europe, Australia, and parts of the US.
Adding farro, with its nutty bite, is a delicious and convenient way to increase your soup’s fibre and nutritional value. This hearty soup is the perfect remedy to a cold January day. Lemon and chervil add a bright contrast to the fibre-packed earthy flavours. Farro timesaver With a long cooking time, it’s worth it to cook a larger amount of farro and freeze it in small-portioned batches which can be thawed quickly. Using a ratio of 1:4 farro to water, cook on medium-high heat until farro is al dente, in a similar manner to the way you would cook pasta. Drain, rinse, portion, and freeze for later use. To thaw, simply run frozen farro under water or add directly to soup.
Oven-roasted delicata squash makes a crispy treat atop this green salad. As its name suggests, this squash has a thin, delicate skin that’s tasty when cooked. Pomegranate molasses, an ingredient common in Lebanese and Middle-Eastern cuisine, brings a sweet and sour flavour to the dressing. No pine nuts? Use squash seeds! Simply collect about 1/4 cup (60 mL) seeds from cleaned squash, rinse, and mix with 1/8 tsp (0.5 mL) of the spice mix used to roast the squash and 1/2 tsp (2 mL) olive oil. Roast at 425 F (220 C) on parchment-lined baking sheet for 20 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.
Look for whole grain farro, which leaves the germ and bran intact, for this satisfying porridge that’s sure to kickstart your day. While the cooking time is longer than for pearled or semi-pearled varieties, you’ll get more nutrition. Take the time to enjoy the delicate scent of cardamom and ginger wafting through your kitchen as you prepare this. Ancient grain Farro (also referred to as emmer or einkorn) is a variety of wheat known as an ancient grain, which means that it hasn’t changed over time through breeding as is the case with many varieties of modern wheat.