most of you already know that the secrets of pistoulet is easily one of our all-time favourite books. it’s full of recipes for potages and potions that warm you from the inside out and has the most gorgeous illustrations (like the one below).
but the thing we really love about the recipes in the secrets of pistoulet is the instructions: they don’t just specify what food you need, but also how the food should be picked, what kind of person it should come from, and at what time of day you should buy it. so magical!
so we thought we’d share one of our favourites, the ‘potage of strength’, with you today. if you like what you read (and who doesn’t like mussels AND being tough, really?) you can find more of the same in the secrets of pistoulet and on the spirit of pistoulet facebook fanpage.
eat and be strong!
the potage of strength
from the secrets of pistoulet by mary tiegreen
go to the nearest fishing port and acquire moules from the fisherman with the largest pecs and the most tattoos. wash moules thoroughly in sea-salted water. be sure to remove their beards. in a large sturdy pot, sauté an onion in sweet farm butter. cover the bottom of the pot with many leeks which have been sliced and cleaned. add some nice leafy celery, sliced thin. add the moules and a few whole peppercorns. cover pot. turn heat high and shake gently. when the moules open, dip the pot in cold water. remove moules from their shells. put the naked moules, broth and vegetables into a new pot. add a handful of good quality curry and juice of a very yellow lemon. turn off flame. add cream and serve immediately.
caution: can cause extreme athletic abilities to emerge.