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  1. Fredy Girardet: 'I like to serve a light little soup at the start of a

  2. meal. In a menu of four or fives courses, this is one of the best soups for sharpening the appetite'.

  3. Servings: 4

  4. 8 Thin green asparagus spears

  5. 6 Fat green asparagus spears,

  6. -- about 10 cm (4 in) long

  7. 1 Shallot, medium-sized

  8. 100 g Fresh morels (3 1/2 oz) or -- 15 g (1/2 oz) dried ones

  9. 100 g Unsalted butter (3 1/2 oz)

  10. 200 ml Double cream

  11. Salt

  12. Pepper

  13. Cayenne

  14. Preparation

  15. Clean the asparagus spears and cook the thin ones for about 5 minutes and the fat ones for about 10 minutes in boiling salted water. Drain both

  16. kinds and reserve the water in which they cooked. Cut off the tips of the

  17. eight thin spears and set them aside for the garnish.

  18. Peel and chop the shallot finely. Wash the morels CAREFULLY and cut them

  19. into quarters (if you are using dried ones, soak them in water for at

  20. least half an hour before this step).

  21. Heat half the butter in a saucepan. Add two-thirds of the chopped shallot

  22. 200 ml

  23. 1/2 pint

  24. Add the cream and reduce it by boiling fast for 2 minutes. Liquidise the

  25. soup with 30g (1 oz) of the remaining butter. Wash out the saucepan.

  26. Strain the liquidized soup through a fine sieve. Season with salt, pepper

  27. and cayenne, and return it to the cleaned saucepan. Set it aside.

  28. Finishing

  29. Reheat the thin asparagus tips by warming them through in a little of

  30. their cooking liquid. Reheat the asparagus soup.

  31. Put the morels, the rest of the chopped shallot and the remaining 20 g

  32. 3/4 oz

  33. gently. The morels will excludea little liquid. Leave them to cook until

  34. they have given off all their liquid, at which stage they will be done.

  35. Take them off the heat.

  36. Serving Put a ladleful of the soup into each soup-plate. Garnish the centre of

  37. each one with a share of morels and two asparagus tips.

  38. (From: Fredy Girardet, Cuisine spontanee, M-Papermac, ISBN 0-333-40957-4)

  39. Posted by Rene Gagnaux


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