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Ginger Oyster Mushroom Soup & Thrifty Finds

I really like the Ginger Oyster Mushroom Soup from ExtraVEGANza. It’s easy to make and absolutely delicious. I made a double batch. I had to make the soup with less ginger than the recipe called for. We had about 6″ of snow here so I had to make do with the ginger left in the fridge. Rob took some soup for work the next day and said it reheated well.

Notice the Ikea Soup Spoon from a previous post:


I can’t get enough of Pyrex 1.5 pint mixing bowls. They’re a perfect size. I use them for a lot of things including soaking rice, washing off herbs, and as a cereal bowl when the other bowls are in the dishwasher. The interior of this American Harvest Pyrex bowl is in excellent condition. White, clean, and no utensil marks. Sometimes its hard to find these bowls in the condition I want. Oh, and the price was awesome too! It was only 50Β’!!!


In my previous post, I mentioned I used a coupon at a sale which covered the cost of the books my mom and I bought. This was one of the books I got – More with Less Cookbook by Doris Janzen Longacre. The subtitle is: “Suggestions by Mennonites on how to eat better and consume less of the world’s limited food resources.” This edition of the book is from 1978. The cover is beat up but the interior pages are in much better shape.

I haven’t had much of a change to really read the book yet but it looks very informative. I’ll be sure to post about any interesting ideas in the book and of course the recipes I try. I’ll be posting about the rest of my free after coupon books in my next post.


Have a wonderful day!!! πŸ˜€

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  • Twisted Cinderella February 15, 2007, 4:02 pm

    The soup looks wonderful!

  • Diann February 15, 2007, 5:00 pm

    The cookbook looks really interesting. I hope it has some useful and/or new tips for us. The soup looks great – I hope it’s keeping you warm!

  • mikaela February 15, 2007, 7:59 pm

    I knew i recognized that image from the cookbook cover! I live right in the middle of Mennonite Land πŸ™‚

  • Mattie February 15, 2007, 8:41 pm

    Nice stuff, Emmy! the “soup Nazi” (Seinfeld) has nothing on you!! That spoon is adorable. Those Mennonites have some good ideas we can all surely learn from…

  • ritesofpassage February 15, 2007, 10:53 pm

    I’ll be curious to hear what you think of the book. I had a copy of it but never used it and recently sent it off to a PaperBackSwap.com member (if I had known you wanted it …) My impression was that most of the recipes would need extensive tinkering to make them suitable for a (healthy) vegan diet. But perhaps I just lacked the patience to find the gems in it. Good luck!

  • Dori February 16, 2007, 12:29 am

    I have that cookbook too. It was of the first that I picked up at a library book store after going veg.

  • amey February 16, 2007, 1:54 am

    Holy Cow! A 50 cents pyrex bowl!? That’s a crazy good deal! I don’t really have any nice pyrex sources around my area. I’ve gotta go back down to san diego!

  • johanna3 February 16, 2007, 7:43 am

    you always now how to catch good deals. !!

    yum soup!

  • pinknest February 16, 2007, 12:33 pm

    what an interesting combination. i’ve never had it! but it does sound quite good. is it very gingery though? i get overwhelmed sometimes.

  • Kati February 16, 2007, 12:42 pm

    I love that pyrex bowl – what a cool wheat design! That’s a very interesting book you found, as well. I can’t wait to hear some of the ideas you find inside. I’ve always found the culture of the peace churches fascinating.

  • Vivacious Vegan February 16, 2007, 3:59 pm

    My mom had a set of bowls like that when I was growing up!

  • veganruthie February 16, 2007, 9:21 pm


    You now own one of my favorite books! πŸ™‚ Not for the recipes, necessarily, but for the tidbits and the intriguing thoughts. I absolutely love the comments from missionaries in third world countries who really come to see the world from a different perspective, and how at the end of each chapter the author (who died of cancer shortly after the book was published) gives you tips on how to use of leftovers or extra bits and peices.

    Russell really likes the baking mix recipe in the breads section. I like the Pakistani Kima made with veggie crumbles or TVP rehydrated in mock beef broth. They also have a delicious potato roll recipe, soy bean spread recipe, roasted beans recipe etc. Some of the recipes are barely even recipes, but are great. One of my favorites is a simple suggestion of mixing peas (I know you don’t like them, but I do! :)) with steamed rice and a white sauce. Simple but so good!! πŸ™‚ Of course, some of the recipes are completely unveganizable, such as “My Kids Love Liver” LOL

    Good luck with it. πŸ™‚ I have a few peices in the American Harvest pyrex. πŸ™‚

  • Midwest Vegan February 17, 2007, 10:33 am

    The more with less cookbook was one of my first “healthier” cookbooks. I love it. I’ve had success with a lot of the recipes.

  • vegandiva February 19, 2007, 10:51 pm

    Thanks for all the great comments everyone πŸ˜€ I’m glad other people have the book and enjoy using it.

    Kleo, glad your back online and posting πŸ˜€

    Pinknest, I only used maybe two-thirds the required ginger, if that. It gave the soup a nice ginger flavor without overpowering it. I know what you mean about ginger…it doesn’t take much to overtake a recipe.

    VV, your mom has great taste in Pyrex πŸ™‚

    Ruthie, thank you so much for all the recipe recommendations. I hope to start trying recipes from the cookbook next week. Rob loves peas so he’d totally go for the meal you recommended πŸ˜€ I’ll eat peapods in stir-fries and such but I won’t eat regular peas. Just something about them… LOL I’m definitely going to seek out the recipes you mentioned.