Thursday, January 6, 2011
FFWD Paris Mushroom Soup
I hate mushrooms. Wish I liked them, but I just don't. So I knew this week's French Fridays with Dorie selection of Paris Mushroom Soup would be a challenge. My husband loves mushrooms so there was a good chance that he would enjoy this soup.
I am committed to continuing to try mushrooms on occasion in the hopes that my taste buds will one day scream 'Yum' instead of 'Yuck'. While at a restaurant last month, the waitress brought out an amuse bouche (this was a much fancier restaurant that we normally go to) and I was randomly served a teeny cupful of mushroom soup. Longingly, I looked over at the crab dish my tablemates were served but decided this was a good opportunity to give mushrooms another go. I picked up the lilliputian spoon and tasted the creamy broth. To my surprise, it wasn't too bad. I was prepared to finish it off when someone at the table offered to swap with me. A little disappointed, I agreed primarily because they are allergic to shellfish.
With that experience fresh in my mind, I tried to be optimistic about this recipe. I sliced and cooked down the mushrooms, all the while trying not to be repulsed by the smell. I decided to blend the soup with an immersion mixer because I was planning on making milkshakes with the blender that same evening and the thought of using the same appliance for both on the same day was off putting. The immersion mixer worked well but I knew that the color and texture would not be to my husband's liking. I took a small sip and thought it wasn't horrible. My husband tried a few bites and couldn't go any further. I offered to add some cream to make the color a little more palatable but he was done.
I'm sure this is a fantastic recipe for die hard mushroom lovers. Maybe someday I'll be a member of that group!