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Simplest Breton Fish Soup

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This Simplest Breton Fish Soup brought some toasty warmth to this week’s menu. Dorie Greenspan’s recipe combines a mix of fish, potatoes, herbs and aromatics in her version of a French cotriade.

Simplest Breton Fish Stew in a white soup bowl

Simplest Breton Fish Soup 

After being absent for the past three weeks of French Fridays with Dorie, I had a few options for this week’s post. I could have made the fishy aspic (savory jello, per se) topped with caviar, this week’s assignment, curried mussels, or this Breton Fish Soup. The picky hubby would never partake in any of the three, so a warm, comforting soup seemed most appealing as an ice storm beared down on our neck of the woods.

Simplest Breton fish soup on a green and white checked napkin

Packed with Flavor

Fish stock was supplemented with sauteed onions, leeks, garlic, shallots and celery along with a bouquet garni of parsley, thyme, bay and celery leaves tied with a strip of leek. Potatoes were added to the simmering soup first, then the fish chunks (I chose cod, which was a wee bit too crumbly, and salmon) and lastly mussels. Carrots were an optional addition for a boost of color. Drizzled with a simple vinaigrette of Dijon mustard, champagne vinegar, shallots, minced parsley and olive oil, gave an extra punch of flavor. Truly a lovely complement to the dish. As Dorie suggested, I served this Breton fish soup ladled over a piece of toast. Another terrific idea.  This delectable stew-like soup was the perfect remedy for a cold, dreary day!

You can view the recipe here. Check out a similar Breton Fish Soup recipe from Saveur. Or find Dorie Greenspan’s version on page 96 of Around My French Table. See what the other Doristas thought of this Simplest Breton Fish Soup on the LYL page of the French Fridays with Dorie website.


A few photos from our New Zealand Trip

For those who didn’t see my updates on Facebook, I’ll share a few photos from our phenomenal trip to New Zealand. We flew to Auckland (13 long hours from LA), then to Queenstown and worked our way north through Tekapo, Christchurch(to catch a flight only), Rotorua, and back to Auckland.

Lake Tekapo, New Zealand with Mt. Cook in the background

Taking in the incredible view of Lake Tekapo with Mt Cook in the background. The color of the lake was truly breathtaking.

Liz and Suzanne

With my blogger friend, Suzanne, from Strands of My Life, in Auckland for lunch!

MIrror Lake near Milford Sound

Our kids were forced to pose on our way to Milford Sound for a ferry tour–the gorgeous views were pure Polynesia!

Family On Tasman Lake

One of the highlights for me, was a boat ride on Lake Tasman with Tasman glacier in the background—photo taken after tasting ice from an iceberg.

Rotorua View

The view from our Rotorua lodge–where we visited geysers, boiling pools of mud and even toured some glow worm caves (one of the other highlights of my trip)!

Liz with iphone

The kids got a shot of me doing my thing!

Kids in Hobbiton

Until our visit to Hobbiton, I didn’t know what a Hobbit Hole was. I’ve been fully indoctrinated!

Liz and Bill on New Year's Eve in Queenstown

Toasting in the New Year in Queenstown (my real life friends know the beer is a prop!)

Sailing on the America's Cup Yacht

On the America’s Cup Yacht sailing Waitemata Bay in Auckland! This was a once in a lifetime, dream trip! I hope you’ve enjoyed some of the highlights.

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