Well, well, well. It’s another fishy French Fridays with Dorie recipe. On paper this recipe looked pretty tasty – it’s fish and veggies basically – though it had the odd addition of fennel and an anise-based liquor (Ricard, Pernod) which I wondered about as they cooked away on my stovetop. The smell was a little bit odd. I think more off-putting for me was the colour – the tomatoes give this a distinctly red hue – it *looks* like tomato soup but most definitely doesn’t smell like it and the taste is nowhere near what the colour would lead you to believe it is!
Dorie starts out with a whole fish (head and all) but since I halved the recipe, I used some halibut fillets. No fish heads for me! I’ll admit that even me, a non fish-lover, thought this sounded ok, bar the anise/ liquorice notes but once those were added in, it changed the dish significantly. As it cooks, the soup is a chunky soup though it’s puréed at the end (Dorie uses a food mill, I used an immersion blender and a metal sieve) which renders it very very thin (this is an issue for me with many of the soups in Around my French Table – Dorie likes them think and I prefer them with a little more substance).
Not sure this will be a repeat unless it’s significantly altered. I ate the toasts above slathered in habañero aioli (that we had in the cupboard) and dipped them in the soup so I could taste it. I was not a fan of the soup. Mr Neil, fish-eater extraordinaire, was underwhelmed. He pronounced it “too thin” (I knew he would think this) and a little odd.
Get Dorie Greenspan’s Riviera Fish Soup recipe on page 92 of Around my French Table.
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