For me fall represents a chill in the air, the leaves turning bright colors, gathering berries and mushrooms and soup. Rarely do we eat soup in the summer. Summer fare includes grilled vegies and meat and bright salads but when the cold weather sets in, soup warms up the soul. I need foods to warm me in the cold season since I get blue lips and cold easily.
Since living in Finland I have been learning the art of dressing warmly. Not that I didn’t have hats available as a teen but at the time it just wasn’t cool to go to school with a hat on and so I would walk to the bus stop everyday without a hat. It would have messed up my hair. Thank goodness the trend has changed.
The forest has had an abundance of the Trumpet Chanterelle this fall and when you find one, you might find a patch of hundreds. At times this fall we have had so many mushrooms that our dehydrator has been running non-stop and there has been enough share.
Below is a Cream of Mushroom soup recipe for those days that have a chill. I used the Trumpet Chanterelle but many other mushrooms work as well.
Cream of Mushroom Soup
400 g/14 oz Trumpet Chanterelle, cleaned and diced
1 large onion, chopped
2 stalks of celery sliced thinly
2 tbsp butter
1/2 l/generous 2 c chicken stock
4 dl/1.7 c cream (may use a lighter cream or half and half)
2 tbsp white wine vinegar
fresh chives and parsley chopped
2 tbsp corn starch
1 loaf of day old bread cut into cubes
fine sea salt
freshly ground black pepper
Prepare the croutons first and set aside. Cube the loaf and place on a lined baking pan. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt and black pepper and a little chili if preferred. Bake at 350 for about 5 minutes on until golden brown.
For the soup, sauté the onion, celery and mushrooms in butter until the moisture has nearly evaporated. Add the chicken stock and allow to simmer. Add the cream, salt, pepper and white wine vinegar. Check taste. Thicken with corn starch that is mixed in a half cup of cold water. Garnish with fresh parsley, chives and croutons. Enjoy!