Monday, December 3, 2012

Mushroom And Tofu Soup

I had a terrible horrifying experience today.  I am still trembling and in a panic state as I share what took place.  I was robbed at a knife point by an Indian robber at about 12/10pm this afternoon. I parked my car in front of the nursery I regularly go to at Sunway.  I bought some pots and roses for my home and while the worker was loading these into my car boot, a motorbike with two Indian guys stopped across the street. 

One of them walked towards my direction and I sort of knew that something is not right. I ran into my car and started my engine.  I looked at the mirror and noticed that the worker was still loading the stuffs without realizing what was happening. A pick-up truck was parked too close in front and if I wanted to drive off, I would have to reverse.  I could not do so because if I had done that, my car would have rammed into the worker. 

At this point, the robber opened my car door and pointed a long samurai like knife right close on my neck. I knew he wanted my handbag.  Without hesitation, I gave him my handbag.  He walked away hurriedly toward the motorbike with the other guy waiting. I was shouting, practically pleading to get back my Identity card and driving license.  He stared at me and both of them drove off as fast as possible. Only when I was screaming, the worker came to a sense that I was in trouble. By then, the whole scene which took less than 5 minutes was over. I am grateful that the robber did not stab me but gosh!!!!! What on earth is taking place in our society?  Life is not safe anymore. Robbery is taking place even in broad daylight these days. Robbers are everywhere and sure they are bold and not bothered about other people’s life.

I was quick but there was nothing much I could do. The pain of losing my designer bag and wallet, cash, documents etc etc was too much for me to handle.  I broke down and cried my heart out. Everyone in the nursery came to my aid and calmed me down.  I borrowed a hand phone and cancelled my bank cards and disconnected my hand phone. My other half came by and we did the most important of all - lodged a police report. Well, I have phobia now of going out of my house.  To stop my brain from replaying the incident, I am on my laptop.  This is keeping my mind occupied and not to press back the panic button. To further calm down my system, I did what makes me most happy – I cooked because cooking is comforting and therapeutic for me, what more to maintain my composure over the incident.

This bowl of mushroom and tofu soup with a lovely fragrant from the dried oregano and rosemary is waiting for me.  Hope you will try this pleasing and soothing soup.

5 large button mushrooms – sliced
1 square piece white hard tofu – sliced into medium size pieces
1 cup green peas
1 tbsp unsalted butter
5 garlic –chopped
½ tsp dried oregano
½ tsp dried rosemary
½ liter vegetable stock
Coriander leaves for garnishing
Salt and pepper to taste
When butter is heated (add 1 tbsp of oil if you like) and fry garlic till crispy and brown.
Remove and keep aside.
In the same pot, pour stock and let it simmer.
Once heated through, add mushroom, tofu, dried herbs and season with salt and pepper
As soon as soup starts to boil, off heat and add green peas.
Do not over boil - to prevent tofu and mushroom from over cooking.
Give a gentle stir.
Garnish with coriander leaves and fried garlic before serving.
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  1. hi Nava, i can never resist mushrooms and will try your recipe using western herbs.they look delicious especially during the current rainy seasons.

  2. sorry to hear about your horrific experience.

    Gosh they are very daring as it was in broad daylight . Moreover there were workers loading your car. They are not scared at all.

  3. Am glad you were not harmed.

    Love this comfort soup that you have shared. I love tofu and mushrooms! Which green peas do you use?

  4. Oh Nava! I'm so, so sorry that this happened to you! Being robbed cause make you feel so vulnerable. You might want to go talk to someone professionally to help deal with the stress. You don't want to be afraid to go home! Sounds like you did everything right though and everything that was taken can be replaced, although it's a pain :)

  5. Oh god my friend thank heaven you are ok but I'm so sorry you had to through such a traumatic experience!
    The fact that robberies happen like that truly is quite scary :(


  6. Oh my that's a scary experience! Glad you are safe and alive. You actually acted very smart by cancelling all the cards and whatever was required at that time. I hope you will be able to get over all this very soon. Take care.
    If I had been at your place I would not think of anything let alone cooking but you are brave Nava. This is a gorgeous recipe.

  7. Nava, glad that you are safe and it is difficult situation. You handled the situation bravely. Take care and don't think about the incident if you can.

    By the way mushroom tofu soup looks delicious.

  8. KL is not safe anymore. Things have gone from bad to worse and the police is not doing anything. Screw all the NKEA, what’s the point of having all those EPPs when they can't even provide a safe place for us to live in. I have seen countless of snatch thieves in action, breaking car windows at hot spot areas where cars are always stuck at trafficI hope you are feeling better now. Take care and be strong.

  9. Thanks everyone for the comforting words. I am hanging in though the flashbacks keep popping in my mind from time to time.

  10. Bravo dear for handling the situation well.. Glad you are safe.. Take care Nava.. Hugsxx

  11. A delightful and comforting bowl of soup Nava.. Adore the clicks too :-)


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