French soups run the gamut from chowders thick with seafood to delicate consommés with just a few thin slices of vegetables floating on top. In French cooking, you will find them served both hot and cold and even for dessert!
Types of SoupIs it a soupe or a potage? You will find
Le velouté : This is a smooth and creamy soup that has been prepared with a puree of vegetables. Cream, egg yolk, and/or butter are sometimes added to give more body to a velouté. Popular veloutés include mushroom, tomato, carrot, pumpkin, and leek or combinations of these vegetables. La crème : This is an even more creamy and smooth soup. It usually features a good amount of heavy cream. is an example of a cream soup. You will find cream of asparagus, cream of mushroom, and cream of lettuce. Some even more unusual creams include cream of watercress, cream of sorrel, and to my mind the strangest, cream of thistle! La bisque : A bisque is a velouté made from lobster, crab or shrimp. It is usually enriched with cream and blended until smooth. Bisque is surprisingly spicy for French food and recipes may include some cayenne pepper or curry powder, and white wine. Other French Seafood Soups : You will find a variety of French seafood soups. Several regions have their own special version. Two well known examples are bouillabaisse , which features a variety of fish and is flavored with fennel and dried orange peel, and its cousin, bourride , which is commonly made from monkfish and includes lots of garlic. I couldn't say exactly what region this featuring cream and scallops comes from, but it sure is good. Rouille : French soups are sometimes accompanied by rouille sauce, which is made from garlic, peppers, bread, egg yolk and olive oil. This sauce gets its name from its color - rouille means rust. It is commonly spread on toasted slices of bread which you than float in the soup. Pistou : This is another soup accompaniment found in Provence. It is made from basil, garlic and olive oil and is typically served with a vegetable and bean soup. Return to
French IdiomsTrempé comme une soupe:
Wet like a soup, meaning soaking wet. Here soup is referring to the bread that has been used to sop up the liquid. Etre soup au lait:
To be milk soup. If you are milk soup, you get mad easily. Cracher dans la soupe:
Spit in the soup. To spoil something so that no one can enjoy it. Comme un cheveu sur la soupe:
Like a hair on the soup. Unwelcome.
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