Creamy Prawn Soup with homemade garlic croutons

Creamy Prawn Soup with homemade garlic croutons There is this fish place in the center of Ljubljana (the place where I live) that serves great fish. Located five steps from the fish market, you are bound to get great quality food. I remember when I went there with my girlfriend and we got this delightful creamy prawn soup. Since my first try, I have decided that my mission will be to recreate this delightful dish. That was a years ago and I haven’t tried it yet. Well today was the day. For this kind of soup, you need some crunch, and the stale bread and fresh spices that I had on my shelf were just perfect for this. After the soup was cooked I tried it and was a bit disappointed, because I though I made just a regular cream soup. I waited for a minute or two and then the prawn taste came in (I figured that at my first try, it was probably too hot to taste it anyway).

CREAMY PRAWN SOUP WITH HOMEMADE GARLIC CROUTONS

For 4 persons

For the soup
250 grams of frozen prawns (you can use fresh if you want to)
2 spring onions
1 dl of white wine
8 tbsp of white flour
200 ml of cream
4 cloves of garlic
5 tbsp of salt
3 tbsp of black pepper
8 tbsp of butter
3 tbsp of tomato puree or 3tbsp of ketchup
olive oil

For the croutons
3 pieces of stale bread
6 pieces of fresh basil
4 tbsp of salt
4 tbsp of garlic powder
fresh oregano
olive oil

Let us prepare the croutons first. Take a big tray, add a piece of baking sheet paper on it. Drizzle with olive oil. Take the bread and cut it into pieces. Put it on the tray, add salt and garlic powder. Wash the basil and oregano and drizzle it all over. Put into a preheated oven at 190 degrees for five minutes. Take 200 grams of prawns and put them into a casserole pan. Add two deciliters of water and wait till it boils (add just a pinch of salt and olive oil into the water). In a separate casserole pan add olive oil, chopped spring onions and whole garlic cloves. Wait till a bit golden and add flour. Mix thoroughly. Add the wine and the butter and wait for a minute or two. Then add the cooking water from the prawns and also add the prawns. Mix thoroughly, add salt, black pepper and tomato puree and mix again. Wait till it boils. When boiled, take the mixture into a blender and blend it. Put back into the casserole pan, add the cream and simmer for five minutes and mix thoroughly. In a pan cook the rest of your prawns. Serve the soup with fresh green leaves of the spring onion, fresh prawns and the croutons.

Green salad with grilled cheese and aceto balsamico

Green salad with grilled cheese and acceto balsamico This week at work I have made myself two different salads. I haven’t had greens in a while so they were quite a refreshment. I also felt very good afterwards. The salad I am presenting here was first tasted with my girlfriend. To make it top notch, you need to finish this salad with very good quality aceto balsamico (I personally used the one I have bought in Modena). Enough talk, here is the recipe.

GREEN SALAD WITH GRILLED CHEESE AND ACCETO BALSAMICO

For 1 person

2 pieces of bread
8 fists of spinach
2 slices of cheese for grilling
6 cherry tomatoes
4 spoons of brazil nuts
olive oil
aceto balsamico
salt

Wash all the greens. Cut your tomatoes in half. Grill your cheese. In a separate pan grill the nuts in a drop of olive oil until little black spots appear in the middle. While grilling the nuts also add two fists of spinach until it dissolves a bit (add two pinches of salt while cooking). Combine everything, add grilled bread and drizzle with good quality aceto balsamico.

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