Tom Kha Phak Soup

Tom Kha Phak Soup. Pic by M.C.

Renaissance Man really enjoys Amy’s Tom Kha Phak canned soup, but since a can of soup is expensive these days he thought he’d make his own. So here is Renaissance Man’s vegan version of the Thai coconut soup with tofu.

1 Tbsp. coconut oil
1 onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 jalapeño peppers, deseeded
1 chunk of ginger, fresh, 1 inch X 3/4 inch thick, cut into thin slices
1 lemongrass stalk, cut in 2 inch pieces

1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. cardamom
1 tsp. coriander
1 Tbsp. turmeric, dry
1/2 tsp. mustard, dry
1/4 tsp. cayenne
1/2 tsp. ground pepper

4 cups broth using Edward & Sons Not-Chick’n

But wait there’s more:
1 medium sweet potato baked and then cooled
2-13.5 oz. cans Native Forest Unsweetened Organic Coconut Milk Simple
1 lb. of extra firm tofu
8 oz. shitake mushrooms, sliced thin
2 carrots, sliced thin
2 Tbsp. tamari
1 Tbsp. coconut aminos

4 Tbsp. lime juice
4 baby bell peppers, deseeded, cut into rings
3 green onions, sliced thin
fresh cilantro, chopped

Yield: 8 to 10 servings

Bake a sweet potato for one hour at 400°. (I wash, slice off ends, and then make a slit in the potato before baking.)

Combine spices and set aside.

Make Edward & Sons Not-Chick’n broth.

In a large pot add the coconut oil, onion, garlic, jalapeño peppers without the seeds, ginger, and lemongrass. Sauté on medium, until the onions start to soften, then add the spices. Continue to sauté for around 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add the 4 cups of broth. Bring to a boil and then turn to simmer for 30 minutes.

After 30 minutes, strain the soup to remove all of the solids. Use an eight inch wire strainer and strain the broth into either an eight quart Pyrex measuring cup or into another pot.

Scoop out sweet potato and mash with a fork in a small bowl. Prep the tofu, mushrooms, and carrots.

In the empty soup pot, add the mashed sweet potato and coconut milk and stir til smooth. Now add the soup broth back in.

Add tofu, mushrooms, carrots, tamari, and coconut aminos to the pot. Simmer for 30 minutes.

Prep garnish. Once served, more tamari and/or coconut aminos may be needed.

The soup is yummy alone or with jasmine rice, adding sweetness. I serve the rice in a separate bowl and scoop up soup with a spoonful of rice.

Give yourself three hours to make Tom Kha Phak the first time. It takes a while to make and can get messy, but it smells so good. It will be worth it.

Happy Vegan!

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Berkey Water System

Travel Berkey in Stainless Steel. Pic by M.C.

The Travel Berkey is what I have. It’s the third item in my healthy toolkit.

The Travel Berkey is the only one that will ship to California. As you can see it’s pretty and a nice compact size. It was easy to assemble. When we run out of water we pour 30 cups of tap water into the Berkey Water System. I bought it from Ready Made Resources. They are a prepper site.

Ready Made Resources claims, “The unique micro-porous filtration ability of the Black Berkey purification filters allow users to take water from most outside sources like streams, lakes, ponds and rivers and convert this questionable water to purified drinking water.”

I recently heard the cleanest water is rainwater. That surprised me. I did a little research. Obviously, you don’t want to collect the water running off your roof. And don’t drink rainwater near radioactive sites or an active volcano. But if I’m taking my Berkey with me then I’m probably not driving toward these areas. And if I’m staying home or not I store some bottled water.

The water from the Berkey tastes great. I no longer lug heavy bottles of water home weekly or pay for bottled water delivery. I bought the Travel Berkey back in 2019 and the original filters are still going strong. We fill our Berkey every three days. Right now the Travel Berkey costs $345 and is available on back order. The link is showing that a free Sport Berkey water bottle comes with the purchase of the Travel Berkey. I don’t think they had the sport bottle when I bought my water system. But I think I paid about the same for the Travel Berkey. If you want the Sport Berkey only, it is on sale for $46. You can fill it with tap water 640 times and refill with raw and untreated water 160 times.

Here are some other basic items in my healthy tool kit:

Wheat and Barley Grass

Colloidal Silver

Happy Vegan!

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