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On Monday I will be making cream of mushroom Soup at school and I would like to make it the best possible. I will be making a mushroom stock as its base. Are there any specific herbs and spices that complement the mushrooms without leading it too far astray from what constitutes a cream of mushroom soup? And are there any other hints, tips or culinary secrets you have for making cream of mushroom soup supremely delicious?

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Personally, I do not find Cream of Mushroom soup particularly cries out for herbs, just some good black pepper.

But having said that, parsley probably goes best with it, but only a little, or perhaps tarragon or chives.

In any event I would not over do it. But make sure the soup is well seasoned with salt and black pepper, using good butter with the mushrooms initially is also sensible.

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+1 for chives :) –  Mien Feb 18 '11 at 9:45
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I find that a little nutmeg goes really well with almost anything that has cream in it. Don't add too much, and it gives a great finish to the flavour of the mushrooms and the cream.

Another option would be mace, though I'm not sure what it's called outside the UK.

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I believe mace is universal. –  Doug Feb 17 '11 at 14:04
    
I was searching for an explanation on wikipedia (I don't know the word in my language for 'mace') and I find that it is the same as nutmeg. But I think there is a difference, can you try to explain it to me? Or give me a link with some info? Thx in advance. –  Mien Feb 18 '11 at 9:44
    
Nutmeg and mace are two spices that both come from the nut of the nutmeg tree. Look at this photograph –  Walter A. Aprile Feb 18 '11 at 14:41
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upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/6/61/… the brilliant red stuff, once dried, makes mace. The central dark nut becomes the "nutmeg" we all know. I don't know what happens to the outside fleshy part. –  Walter A. Aprile Feb 18 '11 at 15:09
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I find it's good to add about half a medium sized banana, and a teaspoon of yellow curry powder.

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Please try to explain your answer a little bit –  Sid Jan 21 '13 at 8:57
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