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Kenyan Mushroom Soup

March 2, 2011

A famous Kenyan soup served in the Norfolk Hotel in Nairobi.  I did not have it on safari in the bush and maybe it is served here in the United States but I have not seen it.  Some friends recently called looking for a few photos from safari and since they are all slides we will be sharing a Kenyan dinner soon so they may see the “slide show” and select a few slides they may want enlarged.  This soup is so rich that at your first taste you will be happy (actually your eyes will roll back in your head).  When we travelled to Kenya we spent little time in Nairobi but a friend who was staying at the Norfolk Hotel  invited us to dinner the night before we were scheduled to leave Africa.  There are many things in Africa that are truly an English legacy that has become a part of Africa long after the Africanization of the continent.   We did leave the next morning, but not to New York via Rome, but went to Athens, Rome and then Geneva picking up stranded passengers from hijacked flights.  Those were the days, but at least I had the memory of this rich soup through the next two days travelling trying to get home to New York.

Kenyan Mushroom Soup


  • 1 lb. Mushrooms (cleaned, sliced thinly)
  • 2 T. White Wine
  • 1/4 C. Port
  • 1/2 C. Shallots (chopped)
  • Salt
  • Freshly Ground Pepper
  • 1/2 C. Half & Half
  • 1/2 C. Heavy Cream (whipped) (garnish)
  • 2-4 oz. Black Lumpfish Caviar (garnish)
  • Chives (chopped for garnish)


  1. Place the mushrooms and shallots in a skillet; add the White Wine and Port and bring to a boil
  2. Reduce heat and simmer about 20 minutes
  3. Remove from heat and puree with an immersion blender (or use a blender)
  4. Add the Half & Half and return to the heat; bring just to boiling point; reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes more
  5. Season with salt and pepper
  6. Ladle into warmed bowls and sprinkle with chives
  7. Serve the whipped cream and caviar on the side in ramekins


(Serves 4)

Recipe adapted from Norfolk Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya and adapted by

3 Comments leave one →
  1. March 3, 2011 12:01

    yeah nice

  2. March 3, 2011 01:25

    Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon. ~Doug Larson

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