|FFWD ~ Simplest Breton Fish Soup|
Hard to believe the end is in sight! When I started this journey I had no idea what I was doing. Seriously? I hardly understood the Internet! Was I crazy? My writing was never something I felt particularly confident about! And photography…I was taking photos with a point and shoot, and had no idea about lighting and composition. Truth is, photography is becoming a passion! A few years ago I acquired a semi-new DSLR, bought several books and have even taken classes. And this year for Christmas (even though I still don’t have it in my grasp) my hubby bought me a macro lens! My blog has given me gratification! French Fridays has given me a wonderful sense of joy, satisfaction, and belonging!
|This was a delightful way to welcome in the New Year|
What will I do when FF culminates? The thought of no more French Fridays leaves me sad and wanting! Even though I am a member of TWD, along with many of my French Friday sisters, so many of my friends won’t be baking along! How will I get through a week without reading a post by Cher, who brings humor into my life and a smile to my face? Her take on the most benign thing leaves me laughing! How will I get through a bad week without Mary to help me keep things in perspective! Or Betsy’s calm and sweet demeanor! Adriana…my lovely FF daughter! And Ro (Nana), of the Trish and Nana blog….she is my inspiration! Let me not forget Trish, Lizzy, Guyla, Rose, Diane, Gaye, Christy, Andrea, Alice, Mardi, Karen, Teresa and new friends like, Diane, Katie and Emily! We span the world! People that I just couldn’t bear not reading every-week! And I’d be remiss not to mention Trevor…who’s been MIA lately! His blog always leaves me LOL! He’s the one who coined the phrase “Dorista”!
I don’t know what French Fridays will morph into, but I’m sure of one thing...we will always continue to be blogging buddies and friends!
|Fish Soup….who would think it would be so delicious?|
Well, it’s time to get down to the business of French Fridays! This week our pick was for a fish soup…the Simplest Breton Fish Soup! The soup was straightforward and easy to prepare. Sautéing chopped onions, shallots, garlic, celery and leeks in a few tablespoons of butter. The broth is added to this mixture, along with a bouquet garni filled with parsley, thyme, celery leaves, and a piece of leek. This mixture is then brought to a boil. Sliced potatoes, and carrots are then added and simmered for about 10 minutes. When the veggies are softened, the fish is added to the soup. I opted to use fish I had in my freezer, which happened to be tuna and salmon. I didn’t like the texture of the tuna, it was tough after being poached in the soup. It wasn’t the best choice for this type of cooking. If I were to make this again, I would choose a more flaky fish like cod. I also added about ½ cup of white wine to the soup! I just couldn’t help myself! Now for the best part…2 pounds of mussels are added to the pot at the end. Cook until the mussels open.
The thought of this soup didn’t thrill me…however my hubby loves mussels! Why not make it for New Years Eve? As per Dorie’s serving suggestions, I served mine over a piece of toasted rustic bread. This was an absolutely superb New Years Eve treat! We both loved it! The only thing I would change is my choice of fish. The mussels were fantastic and cooked perfectly! A perfect dish to end the year with! Happy 2015 Everyone! Happy Friday!! Here’s to new beginnings!
|This was an easy, delicious meal|
|A lovely meal for an ordinary day….a great meal to welcome in the New Year|