Oyster and root vegetable soup
( SERVES 4 )
Photo by Tam West
This versatile soup will serve from 4 to 6 people with 4-6 oysters per bowlful, the amount depending upon how many oysters you have available! Warren used Mahurangi Oysters here and he spent the day on their Shuckle Ferry. You can read all about it here and see how to shuck oysters for yourself.
- Cut leek, parsnip, potato and onion into even dice and fry gently with crushed garlic and finely grated ginger in olive oil until soft. Add hot fish stock, water and bundle of fresh herbs.
- Simmer until vegetables are completely soft, remove from heat, remove herbs, add the lemon zest and juice, cover and rest 5 minutes. Blend until smooth and season to taste.
- To serve, reheat soup, thinning with the oyster liquor to taste, and spoon into bowls, adding 4-6 whole or chopped oysters per bowl, a swirl of cream and a sprig of coriander or parsley.
Make it different
Take this pureed soup wherever you want it to go. Try kumara, jerusalem artichoke or celeriac as different flavour profiles. Use chicken stock instead of fish.