Wow, I feel like it has been forever since I’ve been at the #SundaySupper table!
Without realizing it, I’ve managed to miss an entire month of #SundaySupper events, but I am back today with a very special one, near and dear to my heart. Today we celebrate the life and legend of Julia Child. If Julia was still alive today she would be celebrating her hundredth birthday on August 15th! In honor of her birthday, we are celebrating by making her dishes to share with you and your family.
Julia Child is loved in my household, I grew up watching The French Chef reruns on PBS, and episodes of Julia and Jacques with my mom and dad. My mother loves Julia so much that she even dressed up as her one Halloween no so long ago ( sorry mom, I just had to share that!)
Even today, I need to stop what I am doing if I come across an episode on TV. No matter how many times I’ve watched an episode, seeing Julia’s joy just makes me smile. You could tell that she was just so full of life and passionate about food and cooking.
Today, I’ve chosen to adapt her recipe of Bouillabaisse a la Marsielle for you. In The French Chef cookbook Julia Child describes Bouillabaisse as “…a fish chowder; whole small fish or large fish cut into serving pieces are boiled in a deliciously aromatic fish broth.”
She suggests picking six or more varieties of fish for a more interesting flavor. Even though I was just cooking for the two of us, I still managed to get 5 varieties of fish and shellfish into my bouillabaisse!
- 1 cup onions, sliced
- ½ cup leeks, sliced, white parts only
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1½ cups tomatoes, chopped
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 2 cloves garlic, mashed
- 1¼ quarts water
- 6 parsley springs
- 2 bay leaves
- ¼ teaspoon thyme
- 1 big pinch of saffron
- ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
- ½ tablespoon kosher salt
- Either 2-3 pounds fish heads, bones & shellfish remains OR 2 cups of prepared low-sodium fish stock plus the remains of your shellfish from the shrimp.
- ½lb cod, cut into 1inch pieces
- ¼ large shrimp, peeled and deveined
- ¼ mussels, scrubbed and debearded
- 6 cherrystone or littleneck clams
- 1 lobster tail
- chopped parsley
- chopped fresh tomatoes
- sliced leeks
- In a Dutch oven or stock pot over medium heat drizzle your olive oil and sautée the onions and leeks until they are soft, about 5 minutes.
- Stir in the tomato paste, tomatoes and garlic and cook for an additional 6-8 minutes until the tomatoes begin to soften and break down.
- Prepare your bouquet garnet by placing your herbs in a cheesecloth and tying the ends together with butchers twine. Add it to the pot and pour over the water.
- Stir in your fish bones, shells or fish stock ( or the combination) and season with salt and pepper.
- Let cook for 35 to 40 minutes at a simmer, occasionally skimming the top.
- Strain the broth and discard the solids. The broth can be made ahead and reheated when ready to cook or you may proceed as follows:
- Bring the stock to a boil and add the lobster tail and cod, cook for 5 minutes uncovered. Add the shrimp, mussels and clams cooking for an additional five minutes or until your shellfish has opened. You may want to cover the pot at this time, the steam will help cook the clams and mussels. Toss any shells that haven’t opened.
- Taste and adjust seasoning as necessary.
- To serve, spoon the seafood in a bowl and ladle the broth over. Top with chopped parsley, tomatoes and leeks. Pair with a loaf of crusty French bread and a chilled bottle of Provençal Rose.
This recipe also happens to be the start of my own personal Julia Child celebration. I plan on honoring her birthday with a #CookforJulia week and a half leading up to her birthday on the 15th! Stay tuned for a new Julia Child recipe every other day!
PBS Food has an amazing celebration lined up from August 5th through the 15th celebrating Julia Child’s legacy. #CookforJulia with them, me or the rest of the #SundaySupper crew through the entire time or after, because there are just too many recipes to tackle in a 10 day period!
Want even more Julia Child recipes starting today? You know you do, because who doesn’t want more Julia in their kitchen? Check out all these amazing adaptions of Julia Child recipes from fellow #SundaySupper bloggers.
This week’s #SundaySupper in honor of Julia Child’s 100th Birthday is being hosted by Samantha from The Little Ferraro Kitchen. I love Samantha’s blog and turn to her often for recipes and inspiration. Just like Julia, Samantha’s love of cooking and passion comes through in her recipes and writings.
Join us this week Around the Family Table for #SundaySupper! That fun starts at 3pm EST with these fabulous recipes being showcased and ends with our #SundaySupper live chat at 7pm EST. This is a #SundaySupper you don’t want to miss!
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Julia’s Chicken Salad by My Trials in the Kitchen
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Roasted Chicken with Julia’s Mustard Marinade by The Meltaways
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Creme Brulee by Wine Everyday
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The fun starts every week at 3:00pm ET by showcasing fabulous recipes. At 7:00 pm ET, we will start our live chat. Join us on twitter by using hashtag #Sundaysupper or using Tweetchat. We love to feature your recipes on our #sundaysupper pinterest board and share them with all of our followers. See you there!