Extra Thick Garlic & Mushroom Soup

Aug 24, 2011

Advice and observations from my children:

Don’t let other people make you feel bad because most of the time they’re only saying that because they feel bad about it.

If you get kicked in the ballsack, it will hurt.  Especially if it’s your older brother who does it.

Save your candy until the movie starts.  Previews don’t count.

If Mummy says you can’t have something, you can argue with her and she might change her mind.  If Daddy says you can’t, you can’t.

Grandparents say yes a lot.

Salad is just another way of saying vegetables.

Your siblings are so annoying but the are also your best friends.

It’s not nice to say I don’t care. It’s also not nice to call someone fire engine poopy head.

It’s okay to say Bloody Hell in America because it’s not really a big swear.

Everyone was once a kid.

Mushrooms are one of those things that look like you shouldn’t be able to eat them but you can.

Extra Thick Garlic & Mushroom Soup

Is this complicated? It most certainly is not. However, this soup is tasty, freezes well, preps in about ten minutes, and if you make it on the thicker side, can even serve as a spread on your toasted bread.

1 lb mixed mushrooms

1 onion, chopped

6 cloves garlic, peeled

2 tbsp olive oil

big pinch sea salt

3/4 cup vegetable stock

1/2 cup half & half or cream

Wash and cut mushrooms (don't be picky about it). Place mushrooms, onion, and garlic in pot with olive oil. Heat on high-med until onions are sweating. Add salt. Add stock and bring to the boil, then reduce to simmer until mushrooms are just soft. Remove from heat. Add half & Half bit by bit until a liquidy as you like. Served topped with watercress.


  1. UnprofessionalCritic
    August 25, 2011

    Yesterday, my best friend and I had a fight. We are more like very close siblings, so we don’t fight often – maybe twice a year – but when we do, it’s fairly intense and resolved quickly, but still stressful.

    We are fine now, but tonight I am going to attempt this soup and share it with him. I may re-christen it Peace Offering Soup. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Celia @ Fig Jam and Lime Cordial
    August 25, 2011

    Great advice and a delicious sounding soup. I love mushroom soup! I had to explain to my then 8 year old that “fat” wasn’t a swear word, even though Mummy had banned it from being said in the house.. 😉

  3. UnprofessionalCritic
    August 26, 2011

    I totally made chocolate chip cookies last night (while snacking on labneh and roasted asparagus). Thank you!

  4. Sally
    August 28, 2011

    What is it with children and mushrooms these days? My sister and I always loved them and even ate stranger and slimier wild ones that my aunt and uncle went foraging for in the forest. But it seems that nowadays eating a mushroom is not to be entertained by anyone under the age of 16 (my teens included). They will eat them smooth and love garlic though – so this recipe is going to have an outing in my kitchen very soon.

    • scrambledpreservedfriedcured
      August 28, 2011

      My in-laws require cream for their coffee, so I wind up making this soup or similar after they depart and we’ve still got 3/4 pint of cream left in the fridge. My father went through a slightly worrying phase of foraging in the woods in the UK for anything semi-edible…hope your soup is grand!