Mushroom tempeh soup

Tempeh is an overlooked and underused ingredient. It’s very nutritious as the soya beans are fermented. In this recipe I use it in a soup which is different to most tempeh recipes which use it as a meat substitute.

This recipe makes 2 portions

Olive oil

1 white onion, finely chopped

2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

10 chestnut mushrooms, roughly chopped

2 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves

1 litre water

2 teaspoon stock powder

1/2 block tempeh, roughly chopped

Salt and white pepper

Black peppercorns

14 kale flowers or brussel sprouts

A squeeze of lemon juice

Heat the oil in a large pan

Add the oil, fry it on a medium heat until soft

Add the garlic and fry for another 5 minutes

Add the mushrooms, thyme, water, stock and tempeh

Simmer for 15 minutes, blend with a hand blender till smooth

Taste and add salt and white pepper to your personal preference

Grind the black peppercorns in a pestle and mortar

Cut the kale flowers or sprouts in half length ways

Heat a little oil in a frying pan on a high heat, add the kale flowers/sprouts

Fry for a few minutes, add a splash of water, a dash of salt and a lid or plate to completely cover

Cook for a few minutes until just cooked, you can put a fork into them

Add the lemon juice and stir, remove from the heat

Pour the soup into bowls and dress with the kale flowers/sprouts and black pepper