Last week the weather was crazy and I didn’t know if to wear scarf and jumper or shorts and flip flops, if to write about ice cream and ice coffee or about soups. On Tuesday I enjoyed a great ice drip at my beloved EMA espresso bar, on Thursday I savoured the best chocolate ice cream at Angelato and on Friday I had to warm up with a broccoli soup at the Soup in the city, a nice hip place not far from where I work.
But officially, it’s autumn, it’s a soup season. Potato soup reminds me of the colorful autumn, the one I enjoy. I like the smell of root vegetables, mushrooms and freshly dried marjoram. The base of this recipe is by my mom but I fine-tuned the rest of it over the years.
First of all I clean up and cut all vegetables into small pieces so that I don’t have to bother with it while cooking (onion, carrots, parsley, celery and potatoes). The same goes with fresh mushrooms, I chop them into smaller bits or slices and put them into water for a while (I use dried mushrooms as well if I don’t have the fresh ones). I prepare the vegetable stock (the easiest way is to melt two bio blocks of vegetable stock in boiled water).
I use a big casserole where I melt butter mixed with oil over medium heat, saute onion for about three minutes. Then I add carrots, parsley, celery and stir it constantly for about 5 minutes. Afterward I whisk in two spoons of flour and stir for another two minutes. It’s the flour that makes the soup a bit thicker. I pour in vegetable stock and add potatoes, mushrooms (free from water) and milled cumin. I bring the soup into boil and simmer for about 10 minutes while stirring now and then. I set the soup aside and season it with salt, crushed garlic and marjoram.