Sunday, March 22, 2009

Mushroom Soup

I love this time of year. The air in the mornings and evenings is quite crisp and fresh, but the days are still gloriously warm. And the sea is still a wonderful temperature for swimming. It is also the last week of daylight saving, and I know that in a week we will start on the downhill slide to winter. So it is definitely the time to really savour the last remnants of summer (even though we are officially in autumn already). However I am already moving from cold soups to warm.

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
500g mushrooms
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.


Debinhawaii said...

It looks so good! I really want that cookbook now. I love the ones that don't just have full recipes but have the little tips, tricks and mini-recipes. Thanks for coming to Souper Sunday--the round-up is now posted.

Rene said... you are heading into winter, we are on the downward spiral into summer...which in Austin is hot and humid beyond measure. ack! we are looking foward to cold avacado soup, ceviche and grilled veggies. I am looking foward to trying this on the next rainy day. Of course to get my kids to eat it I have to call it "Grey Bomber Dragon Soup" or something to that effect.