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Offline Alan

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Mushroom Soup
« on: 27 November 2013, 11:03:56 PM »
Mushroom Soup

This is based on about 250gm or 8oz mushrooms. It's hard to be precise on the quantity, because I usually make soup when the mushrooms have been left in the fridge or pantry too long and have dried out, so they weigh less than when bought. If they aren't dried out, they become a breakfast omelette instead :smileyhappy:. I make soup with leftovers as I don't like waste.

For soup I don't bother peeling the mushrooms. If the mushrooms are very dry, soak them in enough chicken stock to cover them for a while until they are soft again; if not don't bother. Strain the liquid off and retain it.

Fry a medium/large sliced onion in a couple of tablespoons of olive oil and a nob of butter until just starting to caramelise. Sometimes I add a clove of garlic, but not always. Chop the mushrooms roughly and add to the onions, frying gently. Cook briefly, then add about a litre/quart of chicken stock (including any reserved liquid) and bring to a simmer. Season with salt (mushrooms need a little extra salt), grated black pepper and the secret ingredient: some grated nutmeg to taste.  Simmer for about half an hour; longer if the mushrooms were originally very dry. I like some texture; before I use the stick blender I strain out about a half cup of the mushrooms and reserve them.

Then I blend the soup, not quite to puree, and return the lumpy bits. If the result is too thick, add more stock and cook it in for a little while. If it is too thin, simmer a bit longer to reduce it. When serving add a large dollop of real cream in the centre of the soup in each bowl.

The only significant carb content is the onion. That allows me to have a slice of buttered bread with it :smileyhappy:
Cheers, Alan, T2, Australia.
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Re: Mushroom Soup
« Reply #1 on: 02 December 2013, 11:51:50 AM »
I am a huge Mushroom fan and this sounds yum so I am making this this afternoon thanks Alan
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Re: Mushroom Soup
« Reply #2 on: 02 December 2013, 02:56:02 PM »
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and the secret ingredient: some grated nutmeg to taste.
I'm a great fan of nutmeg.  I have a jar of whole ones that I must have had 5 years, but they still smell aromatic.  Trouble is when grating them I quite often drop the whole nutmeg into the soup/veggies - then I have to dry it out before popping back into the jar.
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Re: Mushroom Soup
« Reply #3 on: 02 December 2013, 03:58:29 PM »
I've done that so many times! - swill under the hot tap, dry the surface then leave on a kitchen towel on the windowledge for a bit .....
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Re: Mushroom Soup
« Reply #4 on: 02 December 2013, 04:34:53 PM »
Yup... that's the way!
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Re: Mushroom Soup
« Reply #5 on: 02 December 2013, 05:43:35 PM »
See, that proves I've done it, LOL
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Re: Mushroom Soup
« Reply #6 on: 04 December 2013, 05:27:49 AM »
I am a huge Mushroom fan and this sounds yum so I am making this this afternoon thanks Alan

I hope it was OK.
Cheers, Alan, T2, Australia.
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Re: Mushroom Soup
« Reply #7 on: 04 December 2013, 09:04:13 AM »
Trouble is when grating them I quite often drop the whole nutmeg into the soup/veggies - then I have to dry it out before popping back into the jar.

We have the technology -

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Lakeland-Stainless-Steel-Nutmeg-Grater/dp/B00FGOZJS8/ref=sr_1_20?s=kitchen&ie=UTF8&qid=1386147629&sr=1-20&keywords=nutmeg+grinder
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Re: Mushroom Soup
« Reply #8 on: 04 December 2013, 10:54:18 AM »
LOL!  Interesting but expensive!
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Re: Mushroom Soup
« Reply #9 on: 04 December 2013, 02:44:34 PM »
I found that ages ago when I was looking for the thing Patti has which grasps the nutmeg to save you grating your nails - I've never seen one of those and it WOULD be useful but although I value my fingernails and also cuss at my stupidity when I drop the nutmeg in the bechamel, I still didn't want to spend £16.99 !

Neither of those things happen all THAT often.

My mama used to do it (the dropping) a lot in the Xmas pudding and mincemeat mixes, also in rice etc puddings so I suppose to me, it's just one of life's 'natural cook's hazards' like smashing crokery, burning your wrist on the side of the oven occasionally or not having the lid of the liquidiser jammed on quite as firmly as you thought.  (**)It happens .......
Jenny

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HbA1c - 7/07 8.7, 1/08 7.8, 9/08 8.4, 3/09 7.3, 7/09 7.2, 12/09 7.3, 11/10 8.1, 2/11 8.6, 9/11 6.5 2/12 6.4  5/12 50/6.7  11/12 52/6.9  01/13 46/6.4  06/16 46/6.4  12/16 45/6.4

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Re: Mushroom Soup
« Reply #10 on: 04 December 2013, 03:13:56 PM »
Thing is, I hardly ever use the nutmeg "grasper".  It's one of those implements that lives in that drawer that's full of such implements and usually takes longer to find than it does to use your fingers!

I think with the exception of the strawberry huller, the spatulas, measuring spoons and a particular fine rasp that does wonders grating citrus zest, the rest of the contents of the drawer could be dumped inc the cherry stoner, the garlic press, the mezzaluna knife which catches everything between the two blades, the meat baster that falls into 2 parts when it's full of hot fat, etc etc.
Patti


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Re: Mushroom Soup
« Reply #11 on: 04 December 2013, 04:01:49 PM »
Oooh a strawberry huller!  I'd like one of those.  Modern strawberries are a PITA to hull.  (Never used to be, did they?)

I once had a garlic press that had an olive pitter on t'other end, hating olives I only ever used it for cherries,  Unfortunately the hinge went and I never found another in one implement, and I am far too stingy to shell out for another pitter !

I have never had any desire or use for a mezzaluna knife, and haven't used the pestle and mortar or the wok for donkeys years - but you can bet your sweet bippy Patti if we got rid af ANY of these things - approx. 2 days later we'd suddenly need it ......
Jenny

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HbA1c - 7/07 8.7, 1/08 7.8, 9/08 8.4, 3/09 7.3, 7/09 7.2, 12/09 7.3, 11/10 8.1, 2/11 8.6, 9/11 6.5 2/12 6.4  5/12 50/6.7  11/12 52/6.9  01/13 46/6.4  06/16 46/6.4  12/16 45/6.4

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Re: Mushroom Soup
« Reply #12 on: 04 December 2013, 07:15:25 PM »
I bought this one for Julian after he was moaning that the only thing he had wanted of his mother's was her strawberry huller which was nowhere to be found after she passed away.  http://www.lakeland.co.uk/14023/Chefn-StemGem  It's been worth every penny, very easy to use.

Am using 2 woks tonight - one for braised cabbage and t'other for the chicory.  The Pestle and mortar (or whichever bit it is we still have - the bowl bit, the other bit got lost/broken) gets used sometimes with the end of the rolling pin instead of the broken bit.

The mezzaluna is curved knife used to chop things like herbs but I've got a large chef's knife that I hold by the tip  with my left hand and can chop stuff very fast using my right hand.  I think someone gave me the mezzaluna as an Xmas pressie.  Never use a garlic press, just chop the root end off, crush with the side of the blade of the big chef's knife and pull apart, skin comes off without any bother and the rest is easy to chop a bit.
Patti


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Re: Mushroom Soup
« Reply #13 on: 04 December 2013, 08:14:01 PM »
Yup and whatever you squashed it ON (chopping board? piece of marble?) will smell to high heaven of garlic for weeks.

I squish it a bit, pick the skin off easily, exactly as you say, then CRUSH it properly with the press.  Lob any detritus directly into the bin (woody bits, any leftover skin ...) and run the hot tap over it.  Done.

I shall have to treat meself to one of those strawberry jobbies!

Jenny

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HbA1c - 7/07 8.7, 1/08 7.8, 9/08 8.4, 3/09 7.3, 7/09 7.2, 12/09 7.3, 11/10 8.1, 2/11 8.6, 9/11 6.5 2/12 6.4  5/12 50/6.7  11/12 52/6.9  01/13 46/6.4  06/16 46/6.4  12/16 45/6.4