Leek and Mushroom Soup
Sorry, no pictures of the soup, only the mushroom/shallot sauteeing stage of the leek soup.
This was another test run for an upcoming holiday feast. A couple weeks ago I made several quarts of chicken stock, which I thought would last forever, but somehow I've managed to use almost all of it already. But that's OK, it gives me an excuse to make more. This soup was delicious, but a little too salty, so go easy and let people add salt if they want more. Whole Foods finally opened here in Sarasota, which has thrilled all of us. My roommate got a job there today, so I smell a sweet 20% discount coming down the pike. Anyway, that's where I bought the chantarelle mushrooms and organic leeks, and Liz contributed some imported, dried porcini mushrooms. Shallots too! Check the "comments" for the recipe.
And because there haven't been any monkey pictures lately:
He looks a little bit like Shane MacGowan from The Pogues. Don't believe me? Check out this picture.
Here are some very interesting facts about proboscis monkeys, courtesy of animalplanet.com:
Proboscis monkeys are only found in the islands of Borneo in Malaysia.
They are also known as "Dutchman monkeys," in a somewhat irreverent nod to the region's former colonial rulers. Locals thought the two groups resembled each other — both had large, red noses and potbellies!
Their partitioned stomachs are equipped with fermentation chambers in which the digestion of leaves is facilitated by special bacteria.
Adult males sometimes reign over harems of 10 or more females.
Well, you know what they say about guys with big noses.
Posted by Kitchen Monkey at 11:13 PM