Japanese-style fish soup with cockles and prawns

Japanese-style fish soup with cockles and prawns

From time to time, I go to a Japanese shop in the area around the rue Sainte Anne in Paris, where there are many Japanese restaurants and travel agents. I stock up on some instant soups, seaweed, sesame, yuzu and dashi – a yellow soy paste.

On the outdoor market in our village, the fishmonger had cockles, live prawns and cheek of cod. I combined this into a very nice and healthy soup.  Freshly cooked prawns have a much better taste than pre-cooked prawns.

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Autumn spaghetti dish with scallops and ceps

Autumn spaghetti dish with scallops and ceps

Sometimes a dish creates itself when you walk around the market. The fishing season for scallops had opened and I wanted to do a simple spaghetti dish with it. The greengrocer’s had some of the last ceps – small brown button mushrooms from the Millevaches plateau in Corrèze, between Limoges and Ussel.
I cooked the ceps and scallops separately in butter. Then I brought a pan of salted water to the boil and added the spaghetti to cook until “al dente” – with bite but not too tough nor too weak. I heated up a bit of cream, added some lemon juice and mixed that with the spaghetti, scallops and ceps. After a few turns of the pepper mill, I added some chopped flat parsley.

 

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