Mushroom and Creme Fraiche Soup
This is yummy soup – very full of fat though, even though it’s vegetarian. So I don’t make it too often but I really enjoy it when I do. If you like a good mix of sharp and creaminess you should love this too.
Another abitmoreveg recipe, this time for a lovely creamy and slightly sour mushroom soup. I really love it but I don’t make it very often because it’s loaded with butter and crème fraîche, which is probably what makes it so tasty… In case you’re wondering, yes you can use plain ordinary field mushrooms in this recipe they work just as well – and cook a little faster than chestnut mushrooms.
I’ve mentioned how good mushrooms are before, they are rich in in iron, are also a source of potassium, selenium, copper, zinc and they are full of fibre. In addition to all this they may help boost your immune system. Many varieties of mushrooms contain beta-glucans. Beta-glucans are sugars that are found in the cell walls of bacteria, fungi (e.g. mushrooms), yeasts, algae, lichens, and plants, such as oats and barley, and it is thought that they may improve the functioning of your immune system.
Garlic is also supposed to be good for your immune system. It is believed that the organo-sulfur compounds in garlic are what gives it its healing properties. Crushing garlic releases an enzyme called alliinase. Alliinase then leads to the formation of allicin which is an organo-sulfur compound. Heating can reduce the amount of allicin in garlic but apparently if you leave the garlic be for 10 minutes after crushing it the enzyme will have done its work and so you will still get a decent amount of organo-sulfur goodness in your cooked dish. You can find a bit more information on this here.
I add a good bit of butter and crème fraîche to this mushroom soup. It seems that a lot of people have positive things to say about butter. I maybe visited the wrong sites when looking up the health benefits of crème fraîche as most websites said that it should only be consumed in moderation. I think that anything with saturated fat should be consumed in moderation. Both butter and crème fraîche are high in saturated fat but they also add a lot of taste and flavour to a dish – and that can’t be so bad, provided it’s natural and part of a balanced diet, right?
If you’re not a fan of crème fraîche or mustard, replace them both with 50 – 75ml of double cream.