Since it is a rainy season here, having something warm and soothing are one of the most tantalizing meals at home. A bowl of warm Cream of Mushroom Soup with some Homemade Garlic Bread will definitely make your heart warm in the evening. Don't you? Cream of mushroom soup and garlic bread are my family all time favourite. Instead of having them outside where contain plenty of artificial seasonings, why not we have it fresh & pure at home?
This recipe has been improved from my previous Cream of mushroom recipe. Besides, I have also made some garlic bread to savor with the mushroom soup! This is indeed a prefect combination for an evening break or snack! Agree?
"According to this site, Crimini Mushrooms also know as Brown Button or Italian Brown have a distinct rich brown or tan colour. Crimini have an earthy rich flavour when they are cooked and a nutty creamy taste when raw. They may be used in dishes together with white button mushrooms or alone in soups, stew, salads and side dishes."
Reference from BCMUSHROOMS
Thus, I chose Swiss Brown button mushroom this round to find out the differences compare to white button mushroom. To my surprised, it really brings out more flavour to my mushroom soup! With some bay leaves, it enhances the taste, at the same time it brings fragrant smell to the soup.
"Mushrooms are as mysteriously unique as they are delicious. While often thought of as a vegetable and prepared like one, mushrooms are actually a fungus, a special type of living organism that has no roots, leaves, flowers or seeds. While mushroom can be cultivated, they can also be found growing wild in many regions of the world."
Tips on How to Select and Store:
• Look for mushrooms that are firm, plump and clean.
• Those that are wrinkled or have wet slimy spots should be avoided. Since mushrooms darken as they age, choose those that are either creamy white or tan, depending upon whether you are purchasing white or Crimini mushrooms.
Tips for Preparing Mushrooms:
• Mushrooms are so porous that if they are exposed to too much water, they will quickly absorb it and become soggy.
• Therefore, the best way to clean mushrooms without sacrificing their texture and taste is to clean them using minimal, if any, water.
• Wipe them with a slightly damp paper towel or kitchen cloth. You could also use a mushroom brush, available at most kitchenware stores.
Reference from WHFOODS
Check out variety of mushrooms here!
This recipe is based on my own preference: