Saturday, October 17, 2009

Crema de Langosta à la Knorr

I do not know whether buying a package of Knorr soups is the right thing to do, when shopping for culinary memories. Whatever, one package of Crema de Langusta, lobster cream soup à la Knorr ended in my trolley the last day I went shopping at the Canary Islands. Why? I may have been under the illusion that a multi-national corporation would try to encapsulate the tastes of Spain. This Friday I discovered the opposite, but with the necessary adjustments it ended up satisfactory.

When visiting our summer home, my good friend Ketil had ordered fried mackerel, and I delivered. 4 fillets of the fish served with boiled potatoes and sour cream. I assembled shells of the King Crab we had enjoyed for lunch (with aïoli), and the shells from a half a kilo of boiled fresh shrimps, and they ended in a casserole with 100 cl of water, no stock or salt as I presumed that the soup base contained much salt (they usually do).

I boiled the scraps and pieces for 20 minutes, separated the shells from the stock. I mixed 50 cl with the soup base, used a hand mixer to avoid lumps. Then I poured them into a smaller casserole, added more stock and white wine, in total 75 cl.

Then I tasted the soup. Salt, no sweetness or acidity. Added sugar until it had balanced the salt, and a little white wine vinegar to get the necessary acidity plus Tabasco Chipotle to get a little bite. Allowed the soup to boil for 5 minutes, stirring.

A seafood needed seafood, a piece of cod diced and 10 scallops divided into four went into the casserole with an additional 25 cl cream (20%). The soup was allowed to infuse for 3-4 minutes on very low heat.

Una Crema de Langusto Autentico? I do not know, but much, much better than the initial instructions by Knorr. I served the soup with small crostinis with aïoli, set afloat on the pretty pink soup.

Read what else I brought home from Gran Canaria

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