This mushroom soup was very quick and easy for a Sunday night. Simply simmer mushrooms in chicken stock with a slice of sourdough. Season, blend and viola. It comes from one of the great ideas you find in the margins of Stephanie Alexander's The Cook's Companion. If you are not familiar with it, this book is stuffed with detailed recipes, organised by key ingredient, as well as mini-recipes in the margins. The mushroom chapter for example offers major recipes like:
- mushroom caps stuffed with goat's cheese on vine leaves or
- mushrooms en papillote
as well as mini-recipes in the margins eg
- morel pasta sauce
- pepper mushrooms, and this week's pick
- mushroom bread soup
So many good ideas, and even though I have had it for years, I still feel there are unexplored chapters in my book. Something to look forward to in winter perhaps? If you are in the mood for soup - drop in on Deb at Kahakai Kitchen for her Souper Sunday.
Mushroom Bread Soup
adapted from "The Cook's Companion" by Stephanie Alexander
4 cups chicken stock
2 slices sourdough bread, crusts removed
Simmer sliced mushrooms in stock with bread for 10 minutes, or until mushrooms are tender. Blend soup and season to taste. Garnish with chives and creme fraiche.