Ingredients

  • 1 cup Job’s tears*, washed and drained

  • 1 carrot, finely diced

  • 1 medium onion, diced

  • 1 parsnip, diced

  • 2 dry shiitake mushrooms, soaked for 10 minutes and finely sliced

  • ¼ cup wakame seaweed, dry, soaked and chopped in small pieces
  • Spring water

  • 4 Tbsp mugi miso

 

Preparation

Put Job’s tears and onions in a soup pot, add 7 cups of spring water. Bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the rest of the sweet vegetable. Bring back to a boil and continue to simmer for 10 more minutes. Add the wakame. Cook for another 5 minutes.

On the side, dilute the miso with some of the hot broth from the soup. Pour into the simmering soup. Cook 1 minute, without letting it return to boil. Serve.

*Job’s Tears are also known as hato mugi and pearled barley.

“The macrobiotic way of life recommended by the ancient wise people and practiced widely for physical, mental and spiritual development consists of the following arts; the way of eating, the way of breathing, and the way of daily life. Because a human being is part of his environment, and has evolved through biological development covering more than three billion years on this planet, his physical, mental and spiritual conditions are based upon what he consumes from his natural environment and his food. The way of eating is the most essential factor for his development.”

Michio Kushi, THE BOOK OF DO-IN (ISBN 0-87040-382-6)

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