Zucchini Potato Soup

Lapsang Souchong is a black tea that is smoked over pine embers and adds great flavour to soups.  Use it in place of chicken stock or water in any soup recipe for a natural smoke flavour.

 

4 cups strong brewed Lapsang Souchong TEA (8 tsp. TEA steeped in 4 cups boiling water for 5 min. Strain TEA and use in the recipe)
4 slices bacon, cooked till crisp then crumbled
1 medium onion coarsely chopped
2 garlic cloves minced
2 large zucchini, chopped to make 2 cups
2 large potatoes, peeled and chopped to make 2 cups
3/4 cup evaporated milk
salt & pepper to taste.

In a large saucepan cook bacon until crispy. Remove bacon from pan and place on paper towel. Drain off all but 2 tbsp. of fat. Sauté onion and garlic in the bacon fat until softened, about 5 min. Add the zucchini, potatoes and brewed TEA. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to low and simmer for approx. 20 min. until potato is tender.
Remove from heat and cool for 5 min. Blend with hand-held blender until smooth. Return pot to heat and stir in the evaporated milk, bacon, salt and pepper; heating until hot.

 

Lapsang Souchong or Smoked Tea

Not for the faint of heart this Lapsang Souchong. A tea with full-bodied, smoky flavour and a reddish liquor. Great on a cold damp winter's night.
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