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A hot and sour soup with a tart and lemony finish
This is a slight variation on a recipe from the California-based Alice Waters. whose Chez Panisse restaurant is legendary. Sorrel is one of those herbs that food writers wax lyrical about but is not easily found. except at better markets. Hardy and undemanding, it is dead easy to grow, though. Sorrel tastes noticeably tart and lemony: you can't really eat it raw. Asian cooking makes a virtue of acerbic flavours by pairing them with spicy heat. Hence the inspiration for this hot and sour soup. which is an ideal late-autumn warmer.
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t potato ‘ a 1 onion 380 George Street
1carrot E inbur h
4 tbs iSOg apprOXl butter 013] 225 34 8
t sprig thyme
salt 8mm)” t Xmas lunches served
500ml water g
250ml clear chicken stock 1 large bunch of fresh sorrel (30ml cream
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Peal and dice the potato. onion, carrot and sweat them off in a saucepan with the butter and thyme. Just cover with some of the water and stew gently for 15min with the lid ajar. Season with salt and pepper. add the remainder of water plus stock and simmer until the potato is soft and easily mashed wrth a spoon.
Meanwhile wash and stem the serrel: chop roughly. When the vegetables are done. add the sorrel and return the soup to simmer. Cut heat. cover and let stand 5min.
Puree the soup in a blender and pass through a medium sieve. Stir in the cream and season to taste. Allow to cool to room temperature and then slowly reheat. lmrnediately before serving add a dash or two of Tabasco sauce and garnish with chopped parsley.
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