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Nothing embodies the earthy flavours of autumn more that mushrooms. The Japanese word ‘umame’ means a taste sensation produced by glutamates. It’s sometimes considered a 5th basic taste along with bitter, sweet, salty and sour. And mushrooms dish this out in spades.

You can use simple button mushrooms or a combination of wild mushrooms such as chanterelles and porcini. With a soup like this, try and experiment with different flavour profiles. This has a traditional French feel, so adding in truffle, thyme or rosemary would be perfect. You could also go more Moroccan, and spice it up with some cardamom, turmeric, paprika and garlic.

No Soup for You

If your family is like mine, and are not huge soup fans, I would suggest thickening it by reducing on the stove. You can use it as a sauce for baked chicken, green beans, baked potatoes or steak.

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