MAKE THE UMAMI BOMB CARAMELIZED ONION:
Add olive oil to a pot, over medium heat, when hot enough, add the sliced onions
Sauté the onions for 5 minutes, then add 1/8 teaspoon of baking soda in 4 to 5 tablespoons of water, stir the onions to mix them with the baking soda solution; lower the heat, cover and allow the onions to cook.
When the onions are ready and you see a brown fond on the bottom of the pot, add the dry white wine, stir until the wine disappears, then add the balsamic vinegar, the white miso paste, turn up the heat and allow it to caramelize a bit. Stir a bit more at this stage because you don't want the onions to burn.
When the onions are dark brown, they are ready.
Although the white miso paste is salty, the caramelized onions might need a bit more salt so adjust it according to your taste.
MAKE THE STROGANOFF:
On a pot, add olive oil, when it’s hot, add the quartered mushrooms,
Add salt, stir and observe the mushrooms will look very dry but resist the temptation to add more oil, they will release water in a few minutes. Keep stirring until the water is gone, then sauté them until they are beautifully browned and have developed a caramelized rim around the edges.
Do it in batches so the mushrooms caramelize better.
Transfer the caramelized mushrooms to a bowl, reserve.
Add butter to the same pot, add the diced onions. Sauté until lightly golden.
Add tomato pure and in order to develop its umaminess sauté it for about 2 minutes, until it caramelizes,
Add minced garlic, sauté for 50 seconds.
Add the browned mushrooms
Add fresh thyme
Add the caramelized onions
Once you see that beautiful brown fond forming on the bottom of the pot, deglaze the pot with cognac or dry white or dry red wine
Add salt, black pepper, and vegetable bullion and water, then add cooked and drained chickpea, add more water if needed, lower the heat to low, cover and let it cook for about 10 minutes.
Turn off the heat and add the vegan cream, stir for a few seconds, garnish it with some fresh parsley and serve it over a bed of rice, or mashed potatoes noodles.