Our plans to go zoo-ward today were thwarted by the lure of a visit from the heating repair man to fix the thermostat. Last night it was freezing in the house, and the heating simply wouldn’t come on. Today it was boiling as the heating wouldn’t switch off. This evening, however we have a new thermostat and the temperature is very pleasant, thanks very much. So we were in the house for most of the day, which involved many fun activities such as making Lego towers and monitoring crayon application. The highlight of the day was when Little A and I made some fantastic cranberry and white chocolate cookies. We’re making up for our lack of feasting yesterday in a big way. They certainly are good cookies.
This evening we made Mushroom Bisque which is not the sort of food that I would normally associate with 30 Minute Meals. This is not to say that it was not fast or easy or tasty, it was all of those good things. It was more that the soup just tasted so ridiculously refined and sophisticated, like real restaurant food. The sort of food you order and are sure is very good, but maybe you don’t entirely love it. The mushrooms were sautéed in olive oil and butter, seasoned with salt, pepper and thyme, then joined by garlic and onions. A splash of cognac and some chicken stock were added before the contents of the pan were puréed until smooth. Back in the pan, the blended mushroom mixture was extended with more chicken stock and some heavy cream. A few drops of hot sauce finished the soup. Croutons were made by toasting sandwich bread until it was quite dark, then spreading butter on the toast and cutting it into small squares. The bisque was served in bowls, topped with the croutons and garnished with chopped parsley.
The soup was smooth, rich and earthy with a decent crunch and salt hit provided by the croutons. We both enjoyed it, and we would definitely consider making it again. I’m not sure that I would make it as a main course, but it would certainly be an excellent starter if you were hoping to impress. I did feel after eating it that I was ready for my real food, because it was so light. However, looking on the bright side this just meant there was room for another cookie with a nice cup of tea. If only Baby N had gone to sleep, this evening could even have been a little relaxing. Tomorrow, the mushrooms return with the excellent sounding Pasta with Mushroom Cream Sauce.