I’ve been playing around with the idea of a witch’s soup all month, but I couldn’t decide on the ingredients. Eye of newt and frogs’ legs didn’t exactly sound appealing…
So I went with some wholesome vegetables: onion, carrot, red cabbage, peas, plus udon noodles. It was a magical combination, but it needed an extra “witchy” touch. So I ducked out to the garden and picked some young mugwort leaves – the perfect addition for witch soup!
I’ve written a bit about mugwort before. Mugwort is definitely a “witchy” herb: it has many magical uses, such as smudging and astral projection. I love using mugwort to help remember my dreams, and as a late night tea to help relax before sleeping. As a herbalist, I’ve learnt mugwort is a valuable herb for digestive issues and menstruation problems.
But mugwort is uncommonly used these days in food. Historically, mugwort was used to flavour beer, tea, soups and meat (ew). The flavour of mugwort reminds me of sage, with an undertone of mint perhaps…it is quite pleasant, I enjoy the flavour a lot.
A word of warning though: mugwort is not considered safe during pregnancy as it may stimulate the uterus; even though there is only a small amount in this soup, it is best not to consume any mugwort during pregnancy.
- 1 tbs extra virgin olive oil
- 1 onion
- 1 carrot
- 2 cups purple cabbage
- 90g udon noodles
- 4 cups vegetable stock
- 2 tbs young mugwort* leaves, finely chopped
- ½ cup frozen peas
- Add the oil to a medium/large saucepan.
- Peel and slice the onion, slice the carrot into long thin strips, and thinly slice the cabbage.
- Add to the saucepan and heat over a medium heat for 5 minutes, stirring.
- Add the noodles, vegetable stock, mugwort and peas.
- Bring to the boil and simmer for about 10 minutes, or until the noodles are cooked through.
- Remove from the heat and serve immediately.
*NOTE: mugwort should not be consumed during pregnancy.
Sharing this soup at Healthy Vegan Fridays.
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- What ingredients would you put into a witch’s soup?
- Have you tried mugwort?
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