Thursday, June 18, 2009

Mushroom Inspiration

I was inspired at the beginning of this week by a mushroom soup brought into work for a meeting (from Trees Organic). It was so delicious - earthy, creamy, pure liquid mushroom that I had to try making it.

For all those who have ever hated soup or thought it was just dirty dish water, make this soup and be converted. When soup is made with real ingredients, it has great flavour. I used 2 portabellos, 1/3 kg of white and 1/3 kg of brown mushrooms, but experiment with any you like (It can be a new soup every time if you change the mushroom combo). This was my first ever mushroom soup and YAY! it turned out wonderfully. Pretty close to the one from Trees. So make this and enjoy, be swept into the earthy depths of this mushroom soup. Hope you love it as much as I do.

Mushroom Soup

* 5 tbsp butter
* 1 kg/2 lb. of any mushrooms, sliced
* 1 x large chopped onion
* 1 clove garlic, chopped
* 1/8 c brandy, dry sherry or Madeira
* 4 c of chicken, beef or vegetable stock
* 1 tbsp flour
* 1/4 c milk/cream
* salt and pepper

1. Melt 4tbsp of butter in a soup pot and add the onions and garlic. Sauté for a few minutes, add the mushrooms. Sauté until the mushrooms are wilted and release their moisture.

2. Add the brandy or other alcohol. (Feel free to omit this, but it does add an dimension to the flavour.)

3. In a separate pan, make a roux ( melt 1 tbsp butter, stir in the flour, when combined, add the milk/cream bit by bit until combined)

4. Add the roux to the soup, heat soup to a slow simmer. Simmer for five minutes or so stirring constantly.

5. Add the stock and simmer for another 20 minutes.

6. Remove a couple of slotted spoons-worth of mushrooms (1 cup) to a separate bowl. Blend the rest of the soup. Recombine the mushrooms with the blended soup.

7. Taste and season with salt and pepper.

Let us know how you like it, or any exciting variations you might have.

1 comment:

Laura said...

I agree, your soup was delish. You could probably tell I thought so by the way it disappeared. And you know I wasn't a soup-eater in the olden days (though I don't think I'd ever described soup as 'dirty dishwater' before).

Here's that tribute to soup I was telling you about, by Lewis Carroll. I think it's sung by the walrus & carpenter, possibly to trick the oysters, which makes it very food-based lit:

Beautiful Soup

BEAUTIFUL Soup, so rich and green,
Waiting in a hot tureen!
Who for such dainties would not stoop?
Soup of the evening, beautiful Soup!
Soup of the evening, beautiful Soup!

Beau--ootiful Soo-oop!
Beau--ootiful Soo-oop!
Soo--oop of the e--e--evening,
Beautiful, beautiful Soup!

Beautiful Soup! Who cares for fish,
Game, or any other dish?
Who would not give all else for two
Pennyworth only of Beautiful Soup?
Pennyworth only of beautiful Soup?

Beau--ootiful Soo-oop!
Beau--ootiful Soo-oop!
Soo--oop of the e--e--evening,
Beautiful, beauti--FUL SOUP!