In 2020, Mushrooms Canada and Ontario Lamb hosted a Student Chef Challenge at Durham College. This challenge showcased how the flavours from fresh Ontario mushrooms and Ontario lamb combine deliciously to produce outstanding dishes. The competition was open to student teams from Ontario College Culinary Management programs.
Hi everyone! My name is Renée Kohlman and Sweetsugarbean is my food blog I’ve been writing for nine years. I live in beautiful Saskatoon, Saskatchewan where I happily whip up delicious creations in my little green kitchen. Being a chef as well as a food writer and recipe developer, I’m lucky to have turned my passion for all things food into a career I love. I’m especially proud of my award-winning debut cookbook All the Sweet Things which was released in the spring of 2017 and won GOLD at the Taste Canada Awards for Best Single Subject Cookbook of 2017. I’m so proud of that accomplishment! Free time (remind me what that is again) includes Netflix, reading, and spending time with my guy Dixon and four cats.
We have a guest in the kitchen! We’re thrilled to have Charmian of The Messy Baker joining us again, sharing a positively delightful spring soup recipe!
I wanted a dish to usher in spring. Mushrooms, while always delicious, aren’t necessarily photogenic. To maintain this soup’s daffodil yellow colour while highlighting mushrooms, I employed a couple of culinary tricks.
First, I sweated the onions, carrots, and celery instead of caramelizing them. And as for the mushrooms? I cooked them separately from the base, adding them to the individual bowls at the very end. While this preserves the soup’s colour, it means you’ll have to employ the honour system to ensure equitable mushroom distribution.
I know that we are all making the most of the pantry, so don’t feel locked into this recipe. You can improvise. I slurped this with bread, but if you prefer, add some cooked rice to each bowl for an alternative starch. If you’ve got leftover chicken in the refrigerator, shred it and toss it in along with the mushrooms to make a meal. No chèvre? Use feta or cream cheese, or cream. Just add the mushrooms at the end and you, like the soup, will be golden.