(Thank You HS French + food-mad vocab)
Sounds Mad, it does. What a messy, general, non-specific title.
But - as I alternate between long sleeves, sweater, fleece and a wind breaker and then Short Sleeves as a cloud moves, and then back to rain jacket as the rain falls - a hearty, warming, soothing, absolutely delicious soup seems just the thing. Especially one that is the fruits (or leaves) of spring.
I've stared at Julia Child's Cream of Sorrel Soup for years. Literally Years!
|Yes... this is my mom's, butter stains and all.|
And it seems over complicated. But as I was turning chicken scraps from my freezer into stock (yeah.... I was going all out for this one), I broke it down into language I could see. And it really turned out to be easy.
And then when I got to the end... and it was time to make the toasty cheese sandwiches - but the soup needed a bit of fussing about with salt - and I was able to turn it over to the 5th grader...
Yeah it is worth is - and the soup makes total sense on a blustery spring evening.
So how to do this?
Prep - get the stock on the heat - close to a boil. Clean your leaves - and cut them up in chiffonade or chopped to smithereens.
Measure everything out. Mix the 1/2 C milk/cream with the 2 egg yolks.
Now it will be easy.
1/3 C onions or green garlic
cook it to soft in
3 Tbs butter
then make a white roux by stirring in the
3Tbs flour (interesting note - just needs to be starch - wheat is NOT essential)
and cooking for about 3 min to toast the starch - or whatever sort.
Stir in the 3-4 C chopped leaves - and maybe a ladleful of hot stock. Coat with the roux (starch-butter-onion mixture) and keep stirring until the leaves are completely collapsed and maybe falling apart.
Add in the 5 1/2 C stock a bit at a time, so the roux stirs in and is not lumpy.
Stir 2 ladles of the soup into the egg+cream mixture. Take the soup off the heat - and stir the tempered egg mixture back into the soup.
If it is not rich and creamy enough - stir in a little more butter.
Taste and check for salt. This would be a bland, boring disappointing soup if not salted correctly. I had a 5th grader check it for me (see above).
If photographing for FB or Pinterest, or serving for an important dinner with you S/O's boss, decorate with leaves.
Otherwise, eat as you listen to the rain drum on the roof.