This evening we took a break from our epic cleaning marathon to make Seafood Newburg Stoup with Cayenne-Chive-Buttered Corn Toasties. On a roasting hot day when all your muscles are sore from cleaning (there’s a reason we put our house on the market every year; it’s so that we are forced to do an annual thorough clean), the last thing you might feel like making is soup. Particularly soup with enough cayenne pepper to clear out your sinuses. Especially if that soup will make the entire house smell charmingly of fish quay.
However, it’s worth persevering because this soup is top notch; it’s a great creamy spicy soup which doesn’t seem fishy at all. It’s easy too; celery, potato and onion are softened in butter and olive oil, with a bay leaf, some Old Bay seasoning, and salt and pepper. Five minutes later, a handful of flour is stirred in, followed by a splash of sherry a minute later. The stock is added, and the chopped fish (we used cod, but haddock would also work, and shrimp) is added to the pot. A few minutes later, when the fish is opaque, full fat milk or half and half is stirred into the soup, some cayenne pepper added, and the seasonings are adjusted to taste. That’s it.
The corn toasties proved to be a little more difficult. We spent a good 5 or 10 minutes in the grocery store asking various people for corn toaster pastries, and seeing where they led us. Pop Tarts seemed to be the number one suggestion, but although Rachael Ray has us eating some strange food combinations, Pop Tarts and seafood soup seemed too odd. We bought bagel squares which toasted nicely, and took the cayenne butter and chives very well. I just looked online for clues as to what we were supposed to be eating, and stumbled across various websites indicating that there is a toaster pastry conspiracy. Apparently certain parts of the country simply don’t get the same choice of baked goods as others. I’d have to assume that our part of the world is under-represented by toaster pastries, or at least our grocery store.
Well, I have to finish sorting the office and cleaning the bathroom before bed tonight, fun times. We also have to figure out how to get rid of the smell of seafood soup (it was a chunky soup, not a stoup). And then tomorrow, the smell can return in the form of Crab and Corn Chowda.