I really hope no one takes offense to that title I just had to use it because my kids were giving me such a hard time about it and I was laughing so hard...I love to tease them and hear them squawk it reminds me of the good ol´days with my younger sister...she was also fun to tease....so just bear with me on the title...but it´s actually true also!!! I made the best soup...it made me giddy....who knew a soup could do that??
Now...a warning...I was so hungry after smelling this soup cook that when I finally told the kids it was ready I totally forgot that I had not made any bacon to decorate the top of the soup with, like I planned on doing. So there is no decoration BUT if you want, add some crispy bacon on top and maybe some chives..that would be scrumptious...I was going to dive into this soup and didn´t want any distractions on my way in...although bacon would have been a lovely distraction, don´t you think?
The original recipe for this is in Norwegian and you can find it HERE. It´s from that TV show I told you about the other day, 4 Stars For Dinner. (Fire Stjernes Middag) I used google translate to translate the recipe for my English readers...am I not the sweetest??? hehehehe..
500 g cleaned, assorted wild mushrooms (difficult now, but the flavor,mushrooms, portobello mushroom + frozen + possibly some dried, soaked)
2 tablespoons oil
1 clove crushed garlic
1 shallot, sliced
2 tablespoons butter
1 carrot, sliced
½ parsley root, sliced
3 juniper berries
1 thyme sprig
1-2 cups of white wine
2-3 cups chicken broth
2 tablespoons soy sauce
crushed sea salt and ground black pepper
4 dl cream
Cleaned mushrooms fried in oil until it is slightly golden and aromas emerge.
Put the onion, garlic and butter, then add white wine and cook slightly.
Add the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil with half the cream and season to taste.
Let simmer just under ten minutes.
The rest of the cream whipped to fluffy (not too stiff) and turn into whipped cream just before serving.
The soup is not filtered, so it's nice if all the pieces are sufficiently cleaned and cut into nice chunks.
Alternatively, you can run some of the soup with a hand blender.
Good forest experience!
Don´t you just love Google translate? Good Forest Experience...hahahahaha...so cute....funny little Google...
Now I need to correct some things that I did which weren´t in the recipe and some things I didn´t do. I didn´t whip my cream. I didn´t use Juniper berries and I didn´t use a Thyme sprig. I used about 5dl of chicken broth, instead of the thyme sprig I used some dry thyme and some garlic pepper. I didn´t use 4dl of cream as I only had about 3. So I used that and about half a box of cremè fraichè. I also used about a quarter of the parsley root, finely sliced and then chopped into tiny pieces (same cutting method with my carrots). I used about 1.5 dl white wine. (Black Tower) I also used half of a regular yellow onion finely chopped instead of a shallot. Finally 2 garlic cloves instead of one...can you ever have too much garlic???
I used a blender on some of the soup so there wasn´t just big chunks but some smaller chunks. It was just soooooooo good. Serve this with the best bread you can find with a little butter on top and I promise you´ll be jumping on the first plane to Norway just to give me a hug and thank me for sharing this recipe with you. Even if you don´t like mushrooms, you´ll love this soup...trust me will ya??
My baby girl is in pain and it is really bothering me as a parent to be so helpless in helping her.
She has a double prolapse in her back. At least she did last time they checked. She is going in for a new MR next Tuesday. When the results are back from that they will be sending her to a back specialist in Gjøvik which is about 45 minutes from here. There they will decide if she is going to have an operation or rehabilitation in a nearby town. Our doctor thinks most likely it will be rehabilitation. We´re hoping for that also. It´s times like this the Norwegian health care system sucks in my opinion. It takes so long to get her seen and get a diagnosis and a treatment plan going and in the meantime she is in so much pain, sometimes to the point of tears...like today when she called her Dad and I (two different calls) crying and talking about how it feels like she is walking around with a knife in her back constantly. I was extremely disappointed in our regular doctor who basically told me to let her have paracet (like Tylenol in the USA) as often as she needed to stay out of pain. I´m not a big believer in medicating for everything and my kids haven´t been raised to take pills for every little thing. So it felt like a big time blow off from the doctor who we were visiting in hopes of getting some help for her pain. Just take some pain killer and call me in the morning....voila...the end of all your problems! Yeah....right.
It´s the worst feeling in the world when your child is in pain and you can´t really do anything to take the pain away. When you´re fighting a system which has all the time in the world while your child is in pain and you want some help NOW. I´m trying to muster up all the patience I possibly can and hoping that when we get to the back specialist she will finally get some help for her back and she will finally get some relief from the pain she has been in. We can hope at least. Can´t even imagine how this health care system works if you had an even more serious health issue which couldn´t wait....ugh...shiver to think about it...
Have a great evening everyone....this will be my second post for today but the first one was a quick recipe for a yummy fish dinner and since I´m now off until Monday I had time to share some more recipes with you and I promise you, that soup.....YOU WANT TO TRY IT....mark my words...
Until next time my friends....