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.
We have a guest in our kitchen today! Carole of The Yum Yum Factor, is sharing her delicious gravy recipe that you’ll want to try on almost everything!
I love Southern style biscuits and gravy and when we travel to the Southern US, I order it all the time. I don’t make it at home because it’s very fatty with all of that sausage and nobody else in my house likes biscuits. Too many vegetarian versions include vegetarian “sausage” and I wanted to avoid that as well so I started to experiment with finely chopped mushrooms in its place. Adding a bit of miso really ups the umami and makes sausage totally unnecessary and, in fact, I prefer it.
I love this on poached or scrambled eggs on toasted English muffins or toast instead of biscuits. It’s also delicious on scrambled eggs, pork chops, pork tenderloin, roasted chicken etc. So, basically, everything.
When reheating, you will probably have to add a little broth or water as it thickens up in the fridge.