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Fumet de Poisson (Fish Stock Recipe) Recipe

Since I arrived at my parents' in Paris, I’ve been preparing Vietnamese dishes they haven’t had since they left Saigon in the mid ‘70s. In the Bay Area where I live, all kinds of ethnic ingredients are widely available, so I brought some and made the best bỏ nhúng dấm (Vietnamese-style beef fondue) and used the shells for this fumet.  

A fumet de poisson is a flavorful fish stock made with seafood remnants. I used écrevisse (small French lobster, similar to a crayfish) shells, empty clam shells and a whole fish. I also added a few whole chiles, carrots, leeks, celery leaves, garlic and tomatoes for extra natural sweetness. The fumet is incredibly versatile, and can be used in soups and sauces that accompany just about any seafood. I especially like to use this in my lobster bisque. Enjoy!


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Chinese Cabbage Soup Recipe Recipe

Chinese Cabbage Soup Recipe

09.25.12 by Jackie

While picking fresh vegetables at a local Korean market with Aria sitting in my shopping cart, a very nice lady began chatting with me in front of stacks of neatly arranged young Chinese cabbage heads. She said they make excellent kimchi, as well as a delicious soup for little ones. I love sharing new foods with my daughter, so I definitely appreciated the advice.

I kept the soup fairly simple, adding potatoes as the primary thickening agent. They give the soup a richer mouth-feel without making it heavy and overbearing. It's a very pleasant way to start a meal, whether you're young, old or in-between.


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Spicy Udon Noodle Soup Recipe Recipe

Spicy Udon Noodle Soup Recipe

09.17.12 by Jackie

The spicy paste in this coconut udon soup provides not only  the kick, but also most of the flavor. It's made of miso paste, a lot of red Thai chiles, Thai basil, sesame and garlic. The rest of the preparation is very basic. A mix of Asian vegetables such as straw mushrooms, sweet baby corn and bok choy are boiled in vegetable broth. At the last minute, fried tofu, pre-cooked fresh udon noodles and coconut milk are added to complete the tasty soup.

The temperature is finally dropping in the Bay Area, which makes hot soup so soothing! 


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Spinach Avocado Soup with Shrimp Chips Recipe

The idea for this little first course came from an attempt to introduce avocado to my 10-month old baby Aria. The cream soup consists of barley and toor lentils, avocado and spinach. It was so delicious, I thought I'd share the same dish with our dinner guests, with a few alterations, of course. I fancied up the recipe with fresh sautéed spicy crab and Vietnamese shrimp chips called bánh phồng tôm. The velvety texture of the soup against the tasty, cracker-like chips was heavenly.

I love the idea of sharing meals with my daughter, and I’ll share more of our personal favorites. I think I have a little foodie in the making!


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Gazpacho Soup (Chilled Tomato Soup Recipe) Recipe

Gazpacho is a refreshing first course I  just had to make before the summer ended. The preparation is very easy. Cucumber, roasted red bell peppers, onions and fresh tomatoes are blended together. I flavored the cold soup with garlic, lemon, tarragon, a bit of agave nectar and extra-virgin olive oil. To provide a touch of saltiness, I topped the soup with oil-cured olives.

I served it chilled with "oeuf à la coque"-style quail eggs ("soft-boiled eggs" in English). Accompany it with lightly toasted noor thin bread from the folks at California Lavash and you'll have a truly fun summer dish!

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