"What do you call a mushroom who buys everyone drinks and is the life of the party? A fun-gi!" Ha!Hiya followers, I hope your weekend was lovely. Ours was great!
So, today's soup might be the most controversial during 'Soup Month!' If there is one thing I have learnt from working in the food industry for 16 years, it is that people either love mushrooms or hate 'em with a passion! I happen to fall into the love em' category and I'm happy to say that my sweetie does as well. With a turbulent past and the fact that most varieties are poisonous, I can understand why some people prefer to skip the mushrooms. Heck, Buddha was said to have been killed by a poisonous mushroom and I betcha none of his friends or family never ate one again! Luckily, we have only edible fungi in the stores these days, so unless you are an adventurous outdoor scavenger, you should be safe! I'm actually thinking about buying a home growing mushroom kit off the interweb this spring and see what happens. Wouldn't that be cool? Well, as long as they're not of the magic variety... Far out!!
Simple and Tasty Recipe:
Ontario Mushroom Soup
3 tbsp butter
454gr mushrooms, sliced (I prefer a combination of button and cremini)
*1 tbsp dried porcini (optional)
1 onion, chopped
1 leek, white part only, chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped
2 sprigs of thyme
1 bay leaf
fresh ground pepper
750 ml water, vegetable or chicken stock
1/4 cup cream (5, 10 or 35 %, it's up to you!)
.in a pot, melt 2 tbsp butter on medium heat, toss in everything, except the last two liquids, with a pinch of salt and pep and stir frequently until the onions are soft (about 5 mins)
.add in the water or stock and bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer with a lid on for 45 mins
.remove some mushroom slices to set aside for garnish and puree the rest (I always find my hand held wand mixer most handy for this job and I prefer to use it right in the pot!)
.stir in the last tbsp of butter and the cream, adjust seasoning, enjoy!