CREMA DI PATATE E PORCINI CON TIMO or POTATO AND PORCINI SOUP WITH THYME

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I can’t remember if I have told you that the hunting season is in full swing here, anyway, it is and yesterday we almost feared for our lives when we went out in the garden because they were hunting wild boars in the woods around here and you could here shots, screams, dogs barking and just a lot of noise! It sounded as if they were right here above us on the olive fields and they probably were quite close but in the woods. I don’t like the hunting they usually do here, i.e. shooting on birds, for various reasons, one is that there are so few birds here nowadays that it seems ridiculous to kill those few remaining, another is that I hate it when I can hear the shots (I don’t know what they are called, all those small shots they use for shooting at birds, I suppose there is a specific name for them in English as well) raining down around me, hitting the trees and even our house! But I’m all for shooting boars because there are a lot of them around here now, you should see some of the fields around here, it looks as if they have been plowed. Well they have in a way, plowed by the snouts of the boars! And they got eleven yesterday, that’s quite a lot in one day…

A warm soup with a taste of the woods (no no it’s not wild boar soup, just a potato and porcini soup) it’s just what I need when I see how at least some trees are turning yellow, orange and red.

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CREMA DI PATATE E PORCINI CON TIMO or POTATO AND PORCINI SOUP WITH THYME
4 servings

20 g / 0.7 oz dried porcini mushrooms. If they seem to be bleak, take some more.
650 g /23 oz potatoes
1 onion
400 ml/ 13.5 fl oz water
600 ml / 20.3 fl oz stock
1-2 tsp chopped fresh thyme
black pepper
salt
extra-virgin olive oil

– Soak the dried mushrooms in the water for about 30 minutes.
– Peel and chop the onion and then braise it in some olive oil in a pan.
– Squeeze the water out of the mushrooms but keep the water, it’s going to be added to the soup later. Add the mushroom to the onion and go on braising for a couple of minutes.
– Peel the potatoes and cut them into pieces that you add to the rest together with the chopped thyme. Add some salt and cook on, stirring all the time.
– After 5 minutes you add the soaking water and the stock and leave the soup to simmer until the potatoes are really soft.
– Run the soup in a blender or mixer until it’s really smooth and creamy. Taste it and add salt if needed.
– Grind some black pepper on top before eating.

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