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Old 10-28-2012, 05:53 AM   #1
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Smile Lane Snapper in Fish Consomme with Vodka

I want to show off my latest creation ;)
The addition of vodka at the end might seem weird, but it is really really good. It enhances and magnifies all the flavors and makes the soup much more profound.
Anyway, enjoy!

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Old 10-28-2012, 06:04 AM   #2
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Now that looks mighty good!
Hmmm....is that caviar on top?
Looks amazing! Now I am hungry again!
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Old 10-28-2012, 06:13 AM   #3
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Yes, this is trout roe. Goes really well with the vodka ;)
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Old 10-28-2012, 01:49 PM   #4
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Recipe please.
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Old 10-28-2012, 01:52 PM   #5
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Is it okay if I post a link? Or should I re-write it here? I'm not sure about the rules ;)
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Old 10-28-2012, 02:04 PM   #6
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You may copy and paste your recipe in the forums. If it is someone else's recipe that you found you may post the link.
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Old 10-28-2012, 02:08 PM   #7
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All right, the recipe is 100% mine ;)

Ingredients:
1 lane snapper
1 grey gurnard
2 chicken legs
3 carrots
1 leek
1 parsnip
1/3 of root celery
1 bay leaf
2 tomatoes
3-4 mushrooms (I have used girolles, but champignons should be fine)
1 egg white
1/2 cup of fine barley kasha
1 tablespoon of butter
2 tablespoons of chopped dill
2 tablespoons of chopped tarragon
vodka
trout roe

Note: fish can be exchanged, for example for perch and pike. Other substitutions should be also fine, provided that you use white, small fish.
Note: instead of fine barley kasha, you can use semolina, or other coarsely ground wheat/barley product.

Clean and fillet the snapper and reserve the fillets. Clean the gurnard and chop it into pieces. While cleaning, remember to remove the gills! Clean and cut 2 carrots, parsnip, celery, leek, mushrooms and the tomato. Put it in a pan together with the fish (including heads and bones) and the chicken. Add one bay leaf, cover with water, add salt and simmer gently for about 3 hours. Meanwhile, boil 1 cup of water, put in the butter, some salt and cook the fine barley kasha. At the end add the chopped dill and half of the chopped tarragon, mix it through and spread in a flat dish. Cover the dish and leave to chill. Cut the remaining carrot into nice pieces and portion the lane snapper fillets.

When the stock is ready, strain it through a sieve and leave to cool. Mix fillet trimmings with chopped tomato and remaining tarragon and mix in the egg white. Once the broth is cold, put the egg mixture into it and start gradually heating up. When it starts to boil, it will be crystal clear. You can leave it to simmer for a little while. In that time, boil the carrots and gently fry the snapper fillets in clarified butter. Cut the set kasha into cubes and arrange it with the carrots on the bottom of the dish. Put the fish on top, decorate with trout roe and some dill.
Pass the clarified broth through a sieve lined with a cheese cloth, put the amount you will be using in a jug and add vodka. Usually, you have to put about 3 teaspoons in one portion to get a nice, but not too strong effect. Just rely on your taste buds and do not add to much at once. The flavour of the soup will become really strong, but pleasant. Pour the soup into the plates and enjoy.
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Old 10-28-2012, 02:16 PM   #8
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That sounds really good. Thank you!

What are the flavor profiles of the mushrooms you have mentioned? What would be an appropriate substitute?
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You're welcome!

Girolles, also called chantarelles, are quite mild, a little bit more woody than champignons. And champignons are just the white mushrooms that you get at the grocery store, I think they are called button mushrooms too. You can also use the chestnut variety, its better than the white.

The flavor of the mushrooms is not really strong, it changes the taste very slightly, adds one more subtle aroma. If you really don't want to use them you can skip them, but if you have some on hand they are a great addition.
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Old 10-28-2012, 02:39 PM   #10
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I would never consider NOT using the mushrooms, now that I know the USian names for them. No problem!

I see that using porcini may overwhelm the other flavors.
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