Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Hauraki Soup

This Hauraki Soup contains - Lemon Fish - or Rig.

The Rig is a small shark - white fleshed and boneless. It is delicious - particularly as the Rig often feeds on small paddle crabs - themselves a delicacy.

  • 3 Cups Water
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 onion
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 10 black peppercorns
  • Bouquets garni
  • 500 grams lemon fish
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 4 tablespoons cream
  • Salt and pepper
  • Chopped parsley
  • Lemon slices
Place the water and wine in a large saucepan. Peel and slice the carrots and onion. Chop the celery. Lightly crush the peppercorns with the flat blade of a knife.

Add carrots, onion, celery, peppercorns and bouquet garni to the liquid. Bring to the boil, and simmer for 30 minutes. remove from the heat.

Place the fish in a second saucepan. Strain the liquid over the fish. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat so the liquid is just simmering. Poach for 7 to 10 minutes until the fish is cooked. Remove fish from liquid, and cut bit-sized pieces.

Beat egg yolks and cream together.

Add 2 tablespoons of the hot liquid to the egg-cream mixture, and whisk to combine.

Pour this back into the saucepan , whisking at the same time.

Return fish to the saucepan. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Heat, without allowing to boil, before serving. Serve sprinkled with chopped parsley and a lemon slice.

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