Friday, January 2, 2015

FFWD ~ Simplest Breton Fish Soup


FFWD ~ Simplest Breton Fish Soup
Happy New Year everyone!! Welcome 2015! We are entering the final stretch of our French Fridays project! The culmination of more than four years of an incredible labor of love! A project that has taken us to so many wonderful places! The perks have always been the adventure of learning new techniques, stretching our limits of likes and dislikes, and forging new virtual friendships. Friendships that have become genuine and real!

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 recipe is from Dorie Greenspans cookbook, “Around My French Table”, it can also be found here. To see what the other Dorista’s thought of this soup, check it out here.


This was an easy, delicious meal
A lovely meal for an ordinary day….a great meal to welcome in the New Year


25 comments:

  1. Hi Kathy! Happy 2015! The seafood soup looks so fresh and tasty.

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  2. I am more than a little sad that our FFwD journey is ending, TWD is great but not the same...
    Joe gave me a DSLR for Christmas and that is motivating me to up my game - I remember how helpful you said your classes were (I am looking for some locally).
    The soup looks great in that tureen.
    Happy New Year!

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  3. Glad the hubby loved the soup... I'm a mussel fan but just a little fished out after Christmas. Do Lebanese cook fish on Christmas Eve too?

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  4. Happy New Year Kathy! I know what you mean about French Fridays - I am still hoping we can find a replacement book. I am loving your cheerful orange pot holding the soup - it was good, wasn't it.

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  5. Kathy, you are so right about this labor of love! I feel sure that we'll find a project so we continue cooking together. I can't imagine a week without checking in with you and the rest of my French Friday friends. I really loved this soup and look forward to making it again. Glad to hear you and BIll enjoyed it too. I like your idea of serving the soup OVER the toasted bread instead of just having it on the side. Wishing you both a very Happy New Year! I'm hoping we can meet up again in 2015. BTW, my mother always said my packrat tendencies were related to being a Sagittarius. Maybe that's we have that in common too.

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  6. Just delicious Kathy!
    And the pictures beautiful!!!!

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  7. The first two paragraphs of yours were beautifully written and so thoughtful and every word true. In the years I have been blogging with you, I've never considered you not to be a good writer. I think you have a real talent for telling a story. The blogs of your's I like best are when you tell food anecdotes from your childhood. I went the World Peace Cookie route this week because I not only had the flu (not as badly as Cher) but also was packing to head West to California for the winter. Aspen has been gorgeous over the holidays but it's been cold, has snowed every night and it's pretty icy on the streets and sidewalks. So, I look forward to the relief from that. Your fish soup does look delicious and will be perfect for next week when I am in "fish and mussels" country. My feelings, like Betsy, is that our French Fridays adventure will not be ending but just starting down a new road of adventures. We're going to start the conversation soon. It should be a fun discussion.

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  8. I felt the same way about out 50 Women Game Changer series. Was sorry to see it end. But there are always lovely new cookbooks to examine and experiment with...perhaps someone will come up with an idea.
    Your soup looks delicious and makes me sorry I didn't pick up the sack of mussels I saw in Whole Foods yesterday!
    Happy New Year, Kathy!

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  9. I could eat the soup with mussels alone! It looks wonderful and your photos are gorgeous! What a nice gift your husband got you - I have been craving a macro lens! I am sure you will be able to fill your FFWD space with lots of wonderful recipes! ~ David

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  10. Beautiful job. The soup looks delicious.

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  11. It's funny how you can get to feel so close to people you haven't ever met. And it's so fun when you finally get to meet them in person. Love your soup, your presentation is so pretty it makes me want some even though I don't care for clams :) Happy New Year Kathy!

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  12. What a gorgeous presentation and a lovely post, Kathy! Your writing, photography, and recipes all want me to work on improving my own blog. I hope we can all keep cooking together, too. I love our weekly check-ins with each other.

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  13. I'm so glad you enjoyed this soup. Your photographs are lovely--the carrots and salmon make this a much prettier dish. Happy New Year! All the best in 2015.

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  14. What a beautiful post, you have captured my emotions perfectly. I'm still amazed that I had the courage to start this blog and only wish that my photography had come as far as yours. I've read a few books on the topic, but really need to consider a class. And I hope that we can find a way to continue cooking together. I've been mighty tempted to join TWD, but I'm just really not a baker.

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  15. Hi Kathy, wow! 4 years is a long time, that is perseverance. This soup look delicious!

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  16. Such a lovely story Kathy, thanks for sharing with us. Your photos are gorgeous. I am glad you liked the soup. I did too just not the mussels. Happy New Year.

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  17. what a lovely post, Kathy, and I too am so glad to have spent time with you each week these last months. Your photos are always lovely, but these are especially so with that soup! Also, I enjoyed reading about your perspective of when you started years ago versus today. Happy New Year!

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  18. Your soup looks beautiful! My husband might have liked it better if it were "Simplest Salmon Soup" as that is one fish he can get behind. I look forward to finishing up AMFT with you and seeing what we do next!

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  19. I am with your husband on the mussels! I am so happy that they are easy to find now. Your soup looks amazing, and perfect for New Year's Eve!

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  20. Sounds like a fun group! Maybe you guys can bake through her newest book - Baking Chez Moi? What a great soup! So full of great flavor.

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  21. Kathy, your soup looks delicious, and just the thing for New Years. We enjoyed it too - especially the mussels. Happy New Year!

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  22. Happy New Year Kathy! I'm so glad that our FFWD group is continuing and we will have another culinary adventure.

    Gorgeous photos and can't wait to see what you do with the macro lens.

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  23. What a delicious soup to begin 2015 Kathy! Very Happy New Year to you and your family full of health and delicious creations!

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  24. Hi Kathy:)
    It has been such a joy to be participating in your journey as you have explored the trials and tribulations of finding your way with French Fridays. Oh how you have grown! It must be wonderful knowing that wherever the next challenge takes you in this blogging hemisphere, that you are up to the challenge and endurance. I'm not sure I could offer myself to such a commitement.

    One never knows what may be around the corner but at least you have made new friends and have overcome a few more fears. And look, you will soon have a new lens to learn and "play" with!!!

    The Breton Fish Soup sounds just perfect for welcoming in the New Year. It's extra special because "hubby" like it too:)

    Thank you so much for sharing Kathy, onward and upward to the next challenge!!!

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  25. Kathy, this soup looks so lovely, a beautiful flavour :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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