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Mushroom and Chestnut Soup.

We went out for dinner one evening a few weeks back. As soon as we walked through the door, we were hit by the most memory evocing smell. I smelt my Grandmothers kitchen from years ago! Lovely smells of sage and thyme and roasted things 🙂 . What we ended up eating that night to start with was the bringer of that memory. It was a beautiful Chestnut soup that just transported our tastebuds to nirvana. Best tasting soup ever.

The nearest recipe I could find is the one following that is so, so close in flavour.

Mushroom and Chestnut Soup.

First assemble all your ingredients.


You will need,

30gm butter

1 tablespoon of Olive oil

100gm pancetta, chopped

1 onion, chopped

2 cloves of garlic, crushed

500gm mixed mushrooms, sliced (use Shitake, oyster, shimeji,cup etc) We used dried shitake and porcini mushrooms as well.

285gm can Chestnuts, drained (we used chestnut puree, unsweetened!)

1 potato, diced

4 cups of good quality vegetable stock

1 tablespoon Sage chopped

1tablespoon thyme

1/2 cup of cream

In a large saucepan, heat butter and olive oil on high and saute the pancetta, onion and garlic for 2-3 minutes until onion is golden.


Add the mushrooms, chestnuts and potato and cook 3-4 minutes, until mushrooms are tender.


Stir in the vegetable stock and herbs. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes. Stir in cream and cook for another 4-5 minutes.


Remove from heat and using a hand/stick blender (or food processor), process until smooth. I also rubbed it through a drum sieve for a velvety texture. Season to taste and reheat if necessary. Serve soup with a swirl of cream.


We sprinkled ours with black pepper and made gluten free goats cheese toasts to have with it!


This worked as well!


Wonderful flavour. Just about the same as the restaurant. Next time, I’ll use the whole tin of pureed chestnuts and less dried mushrooms and see how that goes. It was a lovely satisfying Sunday night dinner with the rain pouring down outside and sitting in front of the fire to eat 😀

Cold days with Critters in the theme of Monochrome!

The weather has finally turned cold and wet. Winter rain has been a long time coming this year in my opinion. I like a nice wet cold winter but we’ve only had the cold so far. Lovely sunny cold days. Over the last couple of days, it has started to rain, quite heavily and I, yet again, kick myself for not getting a rainwater tank installed. Ah well. Next year it is then! 😉


This is what I call a Mudlark sitting on my perimeter fence. I don’t know their true name (yet) but I also call them “Pee-Whits” and Magpie Stool Pigeons. Stool pigeons because you often see them mingling with seeming impunity with much bigger Magpies. They seem to be treated as poor cousins by the magpies and just allowed to dicker around the edges of the family groups. Maybe their colour markings are just enough to allow them to be in the pack!


Here is Molly. She is also masquerading as a member of a Magpie pack, but she would like to eat them and their little mates the Mudlarks! Fortunately, she is too fat and too slow to catch either of them. 😀


Molly appears to disagree with me on the too fat and too slow quote! Run………….


In sticking with the monochrome theme today, here are some Cormorants drying themselves on a post.


This picture is one of my favorites. A white tailed Black Cockatoo-Carnabys Cockatoo.

These are just a few of the critters in my area that are black and white. I will bring you more critters of all hues soon.

I hope everyone is enjoying the weather they have today wherever in the world you are.