Recipe for Fennel And Watercress Soup


1 tablespoon butter
1/2 single large fennel bulb chopped
1 each small onion, thinly sliced
1 lb pototaes, peeled, sliced(4)
4 cup strong chicken stock
1 single parsley, bay leaves
1 single peppercorn, thyme
1 single salt and pepper
1/2 cup whipping cream
1 teaspoon chopped parsley
1 single large bunch watercress


Melt butter in heavy saucepan. Add fennel and onion, cook over medium heat until soft but not brown, about 5 minutes. Add potatoes, stock and parsley, bay leaf, peppercorns and thyme enclosed in a small cheesecloth pouch. Simmer 30 minutes then remove. Pass soup through food mill or puree until smooth in a food processor or blender. Pour puree into a clean saucepan, bring back to boil and correct seasoning. Add cream to taste and chopped parsley. Place bunch of watercress in boiling water for 3 to 5 seconds then plunge in cold water. Drain cut leaves from stalks. Place soup in a heated tureen and serve. Makes four 1 1/2 cup servings.

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