Thursday, 29 December 2011

Soupe de Poissons

We arrived in Brittany on Tuesday morning.  The  weather was fantastic, the sun was shining and it was so warm walking on the beach I ended up carrying coats, hats and gloves.

But the house has been empty for a couple of months and was therefore cold. After the drive to Plymouth and the overnight ferry we were in need of a sustaining and quickly prepared, warm lunch.

At the supermarket we bought Soupe de Poissons:  Fish Soup.  These wonderful jars are full of the most delicious local fish soup made by  company in Roscoff, Algoplus.

The soup does not contain a long list of ingredients; it has water, fish, tomatoes, spices, onions, potatoes and seaweed.  There are no e-numbers or other additives, it is quite simply fish soup in a jar!

I serve it, as it is served in a typical French Bistro. The soup is very warm, but never boiled, accompanied by  a bowl of grated cheese, some crunchy croutons and a teaspoonful of rouille (a scrumptious mayonnaise type sauce, mixed with chilli and other spices).  All of which were purchased, with the soup, at the supermarket!

There are lovely jars of French fish soup available in English supermarkets, and it would not be at all difficult to quickly gather the ingredients for this delightful lunch (don't forget a glass of wine!)  Perfect for a Saturday Lunch as we settle back into routines over the next week or so.

A perfect bowl of fish soup

Soup, rouille, croutons and grated cheese


Tuck in!

Needless to say the weather on Tuesday was an exception,  here in wintery Brittany.  We have returned to gale force winds and searing cold!

However, it hasn't prevented us getting out to gather clams, as there has been a very low tide, so  now I am deciding what to make with the clams tomorrow!

Thanks to everyone for their very kind comments on my last few posts, I hope to spend some time, over the next day or two,  catching up on commenting on all the wonderful blogs I follow.


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  2. lovely - just wish one could get such lovely soup at reasonable cost in London
    Happy new year xx


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