Our weather is very topsy turvy here. Saturday was in the mid 30’s. Sunday was low 20’s. Soup weather, I thought. On one of our trips to visit my sister, she had made a traditional Finnish fish soup (lohikeitto).
I remember tasting it with some trepidation at the time. She assured me her soup was good. My memories of childhood haunted my tastebuds. I had never been a big fan of fish soup and sundry other soups we were made to eat. Top of the list was the horrid vegetable ‘summer soup’ (kesäkeitto). I still cringe at the thought of it. Back then I gagged my way through each mouthful. It was a milky soup made with cauliflower, potatoes, carrots and peas. I would probably like it now if I could get over the hurdle of those memories.
However, I digress. My sister’s soup was delicious. Even TRH (The Retired Husband) whose taste buds err on the side of ‘fussy’, said it was nice. That is high praise coming from him.
So I phoned my sister to ask for her recipe. She said she didn’t have one but was happy to tell me what she does. That was good enough for me. I had sort of watched her make it. Here’s her ‘recipe’ –
- Finely dice an onion. Simmer it in some water with bay leaves and allspice
- (pimento – or as I call them, brown peppercorns).
- Peel and coarsely dice some potatoes and carrots. I often add sweet potato too.
- Add all the vegies to the water.
- Add enough milk to just cover the vegetables.
- Simmer slowly until the vegetables are cooked. I mean s l o w l y ….
- Dice some skinless atlantic salmon. Add.
- It will cook pretty quickly, depending on how small the pieces are.
- Add a generous dollop or two of butter – and a bottle of cream.
- Now, the amount of soup you make will dictate the amount of cream.
- But be generous.
- And last of all, lots of fresh dill.
- If you can’t get fresh dill, use the dry stuff but add it with the vegetables.
- Don’t forget to check seasoning – add salt according to taste.
I followed her instructions bar the sweet potato. It was delicious even though I forgot to cook the vegetables in milk. I added a splash at the end, together with the butter and cream. TRH said it was ‘nice’. Good even.
© Raili Tanska
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