miso in minutes

So... it goes like this...  it's Tuesday, I promised myself I would do food shopping, but life being life it had other plans... What does one make when you open the fridge and realise you have exactly: 1 leek, 1 potato, half a punnet of sad looking mushrooms and 2 spring onions?

Miso Soup of course!

Last night I thought I would be smart and make some adzuki beans to create something today. They came out all mushy and I really had no idea what to do with them, they looked a bit like refried beans, but not... I was trying to think of creative ways to salvage them, perhaps Mexican inspired or something... but that would mean shopping and my little one didn't sleep a wink last night so the idea of battling the supermarket is the LAST thing on my mind.  With my hubby away on business, all I want is a hug in a bowl and nothing that takes me longer to prepare than eat!

The magic of miso is you can throw anything into it, it takes no time at all and is always a comforting hug in a bowl.  I sauted the leeks and mushrooms, chopped up the potato and added some amino acids as flavour.  Threw in my sad looking adzuki beans, filled the pot with water and let it simmer for about 5 - 10 minutes, just enough time to get the potato soft.  I ladled out a spoon of broth and added a tablespoon of Red Miso.  I love Red Miso it's so hearty and delicious. I gave it a stir and served it up in a bowl with scallions on top.  I kids you not, excluding my bean fiasco, this dish took me 7 minutes and is actually exactly what I need today :)