Fox mushroom soup does not contain fox. That would be stupid. Fox mushrooms are just another name for chanterelle or girolle as most of us know them. At the moment there are more of these around than Pokémon and I can promise you they are real. You can even eat them in a mushroom soup or any other way you fancy. So instead of acting the fool while chasing around imaginary creatures like a two-year old . Cook a mushroom soup.
Every second grandma on the streets sell them here in Moscow and for a nice bargain too. Thinking back I was never fond of soups at all until I discovered the importance of soup in Russia. Lunch consists of soup and salad mainly and I can tell you that while they are very creative folks in many aspects of life the repertoire of salads got left behind. Soups however got paid a bit more attention and definitely caught mine. The thing that I love about soup here is that it is more of a stew with identifiable ingredients and not a purée mix of stuff we so often find in Europe.
“Fox mushroom soup does not contain fox”
The other great thing about fox mushrooms are that you can pickle them for the winter months. While great with some ice-cold vodka and salted pork fat they can then also be added to your mushroom soup to give it a nice tangy kick. For now though we will make the best use of the fresh ones in our mushroom soup.
When you get them have a good look at the quality to make sure they are not full of holes and broken up. This is the variety you want to avoid like a disease. So you found your perfect looking fox mushrooms from your favourite old granny selling handpicked goodies on the street. Great! That’s the most difficult part done. What follows is a very simple process which will lead you to mushroom soup heaven or hell – which ever you find more exotic.
Firstly we will chop up a bit of garlic, carrot and onion( a great base for most savoury recipes). Fry them in a pan with a bit of thyme or rosemary until fragrant and translucent. I sometimes do mine with a bit of salted pork fat as I am an addict and proud of it. Let’s not judge here. We will keep this recipe vegan and healthy seeing that it only contains 198 calories. Adding fat will mean that I have to redo my nutrition label. Not fun.
“will lead you to mushroom soup heaven”
At this point you want to add the mushrooms and crack up the heat so that they brown a bit and release some awesome nutty flavour. Add some diced potato and cover generously with a stock of your choice or water. Being a big sexy bearded chef I highly recommend using the salted pork fat or bacon and an intense chicken stock. I know most of you will use water. That’s fine but keep in mind that you need to fry the mushrooms longer to give it a richer flavour to prevent your mushroom soup tasting of water soup.
Now that we have done all that we will simmer the soup for 15 minutes while doing something else. Anything apart from catching fucking Pokémon. If that’s what you are planning on doing I offer free rehabilitation classes. Works like electric shock therapy but without the electricity.
To finish our mushroom soup we add a dollop of sour cream, chopped dill and a fresh grating of black pepper.