These beautiful organic vegetables were the basis of this magical broth. After searching at three stores I gave up on finding Kombu(a dried sea vegetable) and went on to make the broth without it. After washing and chopping up the veggies which was easy because you do not peel a thing, just toss it in all the pot, even the onions and garlic! I covered the veggies with water and turned on the stove to start boiling. After it started boiling, it was to simmer all day. The house started to smell pretty good, mostly of celery, I must add. As each one of my family members came through the door they asked why does the house smell like celery, what are you cooking? Well I must say that it was very good broth, but honestly all I could think about was how I would really love to have some of my Mom's delicious Matzo Balls floating in there! This broth is full of vitamins and minerals and would definitely be a great thing to make when your whole house is suffering from a cold. I have the last bit in a mug that I am sipping like tea, I am drinking my vitamins!
The experience shopping for the ingredients was also interesting, on store's produce manager sent me off saying, "I don't know what it is and we don't have it", second store I couldn't even get help in. The third produce manager read the recipe(which I brought with me to make sure I had all the ingredients) looked up Kombu, walked all over the store with me trying to find it, and asked me to come back and tell him how the broth came out. Guess where I will go back to next time?
It would be great to cook rice in, saute vegetables, make a base for stir fry and so forth. There was so much that I filled all the jars a friend gave me, and then all the jars and containers I could muster from my own house. Marvelous! I will have this around for a long time. Next time I make it I will use, a bit more salt and more garlic. Otherwise, definitely a great staple to add to the kitchen!
I did try to tell my kids it was stone soup... they didn't believe me that it was until I was ladeling (is that a word?) it into jars. I showed my daughter the allspice berries in the bottom, her eyes got so big and she said, "it is Stone soup." I said, "well actually it's magic mineral broth." "It's kind of the same", and she asked "can we read the book?"