½ pound each: turbot, cod, scallops and monkfish
4 oz. peeled prawns
2 pt. fish stock, made from white wine, fish bones, prawn shells and water
1 oz. chopped shallot
1 oz chopped parsley
1 large tomato, skinned and seeded
½ oz. potato flour
3 egg yolks
½ pt. cream
Salt, pepper and nutmeg to taste
Skin and fillet fish. Cut into large chunks and turn briefly in lemon juice to keep from discolouring. Poach fish in stock until just done. Lift fish into a tureen, add shallot, parsley, and tomato. Slightly thicken the cooking liquid with potato flour. Mix egg yolks and cream together and add to cooking liquid. Reboil.
Adjust seasoning with salt, pepper and nutmeg. Pass soup onto fish.
Serving suggestion: serve with croutons made from 2 slices of white bread.
Wine: Chilled Don Zoilo Fino Sherry
CHEF’S TIP: TAKE CARE NOT TO TEST SOUP FOR SEASONING AND TEXTURE WITH A TEASPOON OR BY DIPPING IN YOUR FINGER. WHAT TASTES FINE IN TINY AMOUNTS IS OFTEN OVERPOWERING WHEN YOU ARE TO TAKE A BOWLFUL. USE A SOUPSPOON OR A CUP.