Cobblestone Cooking Music XXXII – A Big Pot of New Year’s Leftovers’ Bisque


We were 5 couples for New Year at our house yesterday – and between us dished up with all sorts of delicious food. The starter was crayfish – of some freshwater variant that one of the guests had even caught locally in a nearby large-ish lake (when you’ve been standing looking out over Lake Michigan, no lake in Denmark is large. In fact, I worry that Denmark might fit in Lake Michigan*). The wow effect was great and the taste fantastic – served with some plain green salad, aioli, bread & a Washington State Riesling.

  • New Year's starter in all its glory!

    New Year’s starter in all its glory!

    Eurythmics, Let’s Go!

  • KC & The Sunshine Band, Boogie Shoes

But all those shells and head-end crayfish? Well, a bisque, of course!

  • Chr. Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mya & Pink; Lady Marmalade
  • TV-2; Line Jørgensen, Voldum

A big pot! Olive oil & butter, turn on the heat and fry the critters well. I actually had to do them in two half lots as there was a lot. Add curry, paprika, tomato concentrate, fry a bit more. In goes a splash of cognac and – whoosh! – flambéed! (do turn off the hood venting first!)

  • Fleetwood Mac, Go Your Own Way
  • Queen, Cool Cat
Simmering away to reduce...

Simmering away to reduce…

Add stock to cover – fish, preferably, of course. But as I only had 1/2 liter worth of ready-to-use cube of fish, the remainder was a mix of chicken and vegetable stock. Seems to have worked out ok.

Leave to simmer for half an hour.

Then, fish out shells and/or sieve the soup into a fresh pot – and then gently boil it for a good amount of time until it reduces in volume and intensifies in taste.

Do not add salt at this stage – wait until the end volume has been reached. Otherwise it may end up way too salty (yes, I’ve tried – in the process called learning by suffering…).

  • Bon Jovi, Livin’ On A Prayer
  • Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Cherry Bomb

At this point, you can take a break and just leave the soup sits around somewhere – cold if it’s for long. Shortly before serving, bring it up to a boil again, add cream and adjust taste with salt, pepper or paprika if needed.

  • Katie Melua, On The Road Again
  • John Lennon, Woman

Serve with fresh bread and a chilled white or sparkling white – it is the first day of the New Year, after all 🙂

Happy cooking! And, once again, a Happy New Year!!

Photo by me.

*It does. With quite some 15,000 km2 to spare…

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