• p84


    Chicken soup

    2 chicken legs

    1 tbsp of vegetable oil

    200g of white onion, diced

    150g of celery, diced

    150g of leek, diced

    4l of chicken stock

    4 sprigs of thyme

    3 sprigs of flat-leaf parsley

    2 bay leaves

    130g of butter, softened

    130g of flour

    75ml of dry sherry


    lemon juice

    black pepper

    150g of crème fraîche

    Confit egg yolk

    4 egg yolks

    Glazed mushrooms

    10g of butter

    50g of shimeji mushrooms, white

    50g of shimeji mushrooms, brown

    50g of nameko mushrooms

    1 dash of olive oil

    Brioche croutons

    200g of brioche loaf, frozen


    Preheat a water bath to 64°C

    To confit the egg yolks, place the whole eggs into the water bath and cook for 1 hour and 15 minutes. After this time, turn the bath down to 50°C to hold the temperature. Alternatively, poach the eggs to your liking before serving

    For the soup, heat the vegetable oil in a heavy-based pan over a medium-high heat. Add the chicken legs and cook until dark and golden all over. Add the celery, onion and leek and sweat for approximately 3-5 minutes until soft and translucent

    Add the thyme, parsley and bay, pour over the chicken stock and cook on a gentle boil until the stock is reduced by half. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a pan and mix in the flour to form a smooth paste

    Once the stock has reduced, add the butter and flour paste, stir through and gently simmer for 30 minutes. After this time, remove from the heat and pass through a fine chinois

    While the soup is still warm, add the crème fraîche and sherry and season with lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste. Set aside until ready to serve

    For the croutons, slice the brioche into 1cm thick slices and cut each slice into 1cm cubes. Place on a tray and toast under the grill until golden brown

    To serve, heat 4 portions of the soup in a small saucepan, then transfer to serving jugs. Add a splash of olive oil to a small frying pan and sauté the mushrooms until golden brown. Add the butter, then add a splash of water and stir to create an emulsion

    Remove the eggs from the water bath and very carefully separate the yolks from the whites. Place a yolk into the bottom of each serving bowl, alongside the glazed mushrooms and toasted croutons. Serve immediately with the jugs of hot soup on the side