Avec means with in French. Simple word but says a lot.
When was the last time you cooked, or just plain had, fish soup? If your answer is never, years ago (me) or memory fading, then maybe the time has come to update that information into a savory present time. I bought some Alaskan pollock this morning to cook it (olive oil, lemon, garlic etc) and serve with a potato salad but decided to use one fillet to fix a quick fish chowder. So, here is the grocery list:
- 1 or 2 Alaskan pollock fillets (cod, salmon, perch – any fish really will do)
- 1 mid size onion
- 2 cloves garlic
- 3 carrots
- 1 big tomato
- 2 potatoes midsize or big – better more than less
- 1 large broccoli flower or equivalent of small ones
- 1 small cauliflower
- A little bit of white wine
- salt and pepper
Put some olive oil to warm in a casserole. Chop the onion and 2 carrots. Cook on medium heat for a few minutes until the onion becomes glassy.
Peel the tomato, chop, and add to onion and carrots. Cook for a few minutes to melt a bit and release the juice. Add 1 cut garlic clove.
Add the cut fish.
Add water to cover.
Cut the potatoes in little cubes. Do it fast so the potato does not darken – which will happen if it’s left too long (which is quite short in our time) in the air. If you are a new cook and/or speed is not your thing (nothing wrong with that) – just place the chopped potatoes in a bowl with water as you cut it to preserve the freshness. Then just lose the water and add the potatoes to the casserole.
Chop the remaining carrot and add to the chowder.
Add more water if needed – to cover all ingredients.
Let it cook on medium heat for about 20 minutes.
Cut the garlic and add.
Cut the cauliflower and add.
Cut the broccoli flowers and add.
Add salt and pepper to taste.
Add a little bit of white wine (some 80 ml which is about half a small glass) – optional
Let it cook for another 10-15 minutes.
If you hold the wine and black pepper, and go easy on the salt, you can put some soup in a blender and make a delicious potage (like even but thick soup) for your kids. Mine loved it in the bottle when they were baby-toddlers.
I hope you enjoy your fish soup and I wish you
Bon appetit, space peeps!