Have I ever told you about the little old lady I boarded with when I left school and went out to work on my own before I got married? She made the most fantastic corn soup. So delicious that forty some odd years later I am still thinking about it. I have yet to find that recipe, but I refuse to stop looking in the meantime on my quest for it, I came across this soup, which is equally as delicious, but in a much different way.
The recipe comes from a cookery book I have had on my bookshelf for a number of years now. Entitled, From Our House to Yours, comfort food to give and to share, it is a compendium of favourite found recipes which are perfect for gifting, gleaned from a variety of chefs and authors. Its a great book if you can find it!
My little old ladies soup was more of a chowder in flavour, but rich and creamy. This has more of a Tex Mex savour to it, but is also rich and creamy.
It has a bit of a bite from the green jalapeno chili with goes into it, not much, just enough and a slight tartness from lime juice . . . other than those ingredients, everything else is fairly simple. Vegetable stock (for the vegetarian), corn, celery and leek, with a knob of butter and a bit of seasoning. Simple ingredientd, but wow flavours!
Suggested garnishes were chopped fresh coriander or ripe avocado, but I come from a different school of thought . . .
For me a soup isn't complete unless there is something crisp and cheesy floating on top . . .
And so I baked some cheesy croutes to garnish this. Simply cut buttered slices of bread into whatever shape you want. I sprinkled it with some Taco seasoning (see my side bar) and then toast in a hot oven. Top with a bit of cheese (I used Pepper Jack for more flavour) and then toast just to melt the cheese.
This was some good and a soup I will make again. It would be a great first course for a BBQ. I can just imagine people sitting down and enjoying it beneath a leafed pagoda while the sun sets and the bees hum . . . ahhh summer pleasures. It will be especially good when corn is in season. We don't get great corn over here, so I will never have that particular pleasure . . .
*Creamy Corn Soup*Serves 4
You might think its too hot for soup, and maybe where you live it is. We enjoy a lovely temperate climate here in the UK, with very few days that are overly hot like that. This went down a real treat toda when it was cloudy and a brisk breeze was blowing. They say we may get some thunder storms. I haven't been treated to a good one of those in years. Bon Appetit!