We spent a day and a night with a friend in France recently, and she made the most delicious mushroom soup for lunch. I was moved to try and emulate it, as it was so good, and this was the result. Very quick and easy. Serves 4, unless you are greedy and have all of it, as we did!
1 punnet mushrooms
2-3 cloves garlic
2 tsp plain flour or cornflour
500 ml milk
500 ml stock (or water, and then you add a Stock Cube/Stock Pot to it)
A couple of dollops of butter
Salt, pepper, parsley
Slice 2/3 of the mushrooms and fry up in 2/3 of the butter with the peeled and crushed cloves of garlic. When they are cooked enough to release their juices, sprinkle on the flour or cornflour and stir well, then add the liquids and season, and bring to the boil. While this is happening, chop the remaining mushrooms finely.
Transfer the soup to a blender, and while it is not in the saucepan, cook the chopped mushrooms in the remaining butter. Once they have released their juices, pour the soup back on top and bring back to the boil. Serve at once.