From riches to rags - Salmon Soup

After three months of hearty time with mum, present state snoozing alarm, trans-mind, minced words and silence. My lil Ms Sunshine (mum) is back to India and I'm kicked from riches to rags, good time flies fast sigh! Changes and breaks are vital in life, during the time off, experimented quite a lot on food and photography this post is one of those. I heart Finnish salmon soup, the first time I heard about fish in soup, was skeptical how it would be like? it took two years to me to give it a try and no looking back since then.  

One of my wildest wish was to do food photoshoot in snow. After a series of thoughts we decided soup with a fancy idea to capture steam from hot soup. One fine day when weather prediction stated -10 C and mild snow, found it be the best day, since lighting would be perfect and fresh snow will help for clean surface to place the food. We had to get prepared quite a lot, felt like we were going for a picnic as we needed whole lot of stuffs to get the food placed well. Hunt for the location was challenging, mum found one good place, very near to apartment and mainly since it was clean and I could also get the forest view. We got ourselves packed and started the shoot, after 5 minutes I couldn't sense my fingers, God it was hurting, poor mum she helped me quite a lot, in-spite it was extremely cold her. 

It took almost 35 minutes for us to get it done. That's when I thought decided never to try any of my crazy ideas. On brighter side soup was great, Marjut, my Finnish food chef/guru thought me how to cook the soup and she certified it was good! In case you are in search of steam in the picture, chuck it off guys, the soup was frozen the moment it was out in the bowl....brrr! 

Apart from all these, I can't get out of what is happening in Japan, it's extremely sad for the beautiful country. My friends in japan are safe, but we are still devastated seeing all the disaster. Nuclear explosion, radiation leak has been the talk of my department, questions/politics of nuclear research has started? I pray God for the least consequence of radiation leak. The same goes for the heart wrenching earthquake in Christchurch, immediately wrote to Sue, she is fine but she lost her house, horrible! From my previous post, I did learn that we have no control over nature, but my prayer goes to all the brave souls fighting out there, for strength and hope. Amen! 

For more physics behind the radiation leak and earthquake check few links here and here.


250 gram Potato (pealed and cubed)
300 gram Salmon (diced)
750 ml Water
1 large Onion (diced)
One bunch of fresh Dill (separate the stem and upper bunch )
40 - 50 Pepper corn, NOT CRUSHED (I Didn't use the black pepper corns, here we get brown version which is milder, traditionally used for this recipe i followed it, you can replace it black ones) 
100 ml full fat cream  (I used low fat look for the note below)
25 gram butter
Salt to taste

In a deep pot, pour water, add salt, pepper corns, diced onions and dill stem. When water gets to boil, onions, pepper corns are soft, filter the water and smash the remaining so the pulp gets to the water and flavour remains there. Now add the whole salmon piece inside the soup and let them cook, it hardly takes 5 to 6 mins. Very carefully take the whole salmon piece out and let it rest in the plate. Now in the same water add cubed potatoes. Let it cook it is soft. While potatoes are cooking, peal the salmon skin and carefully dice the salmon into cubes. After potato is cooked add cream and some shredded dill, when it just comes to boil, add the cooked salmon, shredded dill and butter and serve it warm.

In Finland it is typically served with rye bread...yum!

Few Notes:  It felt the butter was bit lot for me, next time i will reduced to half, since I'm never a butter person! I used low fat cream, so I felt the cream was not smooth but had but cuddle effect, so I was recommended to used full fat cream. 

If you don't like to cook whole salmon piece, you could use the cubed version, you could add them add it after cream comes to boil, take care to cook since it is already diced,  the layers might get dissolved in soup when it is over cooked. 


Sokehah cheah March 23, 2011 at 4:08 PM  

First time I see food served outdoors in the snow! Something unique and a fantastic idea. Great clicks too and the poor fellow who took the shots must be anxious to have it done as quick as possible!

Dimah March 23, 2011 at 5:11 PM  

What a delicious combination! Looks scrumptious!
Awesome clicks

Nags March 23, 2011 at 5:11 PM  

what a gorgeous idea to shoot in snow. i hope i get to do it one day!

Smitha March 23, 2011 at 5:11 PM  

welcome back!!...fun time always has to come to a end ;(
fish in soup....never had it before!...this looks tempting...love the clicks in snow....lot of effort to even get on in -10 for sure! :)

Suja Sugathan March 23, 2011 at 5:11 PM  

Welcome back :) looks tempting soup,loved the clicks in snow,beautiful.

nisha March 23, 2011 at 5:12 PM  

excellent shots ananda..and welcome back:) just looking at the pics make me go brrrr but its like wonderland...

kairalisisters March 23, 2011 at 5:12 PM  

Oh my!!very poetic shots Ananda, Lovely soup..

Satrupa March 23, 2011 at 5:12 PM  

Gosh .... It's good to be crazy at times. I too get weird ideas. Fhoto shoot in the snow .... hmmm :-) Soup looks gr8 !!


Tanvi March 23, 2011 at 5:13 PM  

Aww..poor baby.I know it can be difficult when family members leave after staying together for a while.Feels like a vaccum.Whatever you say , but these shots look so different and pretty.I think the lightning is so beautiful.I make a soup with mahi mahi [recipe on blog] but never added potatoes to mine.Sounds hearty.

sumanjsingh March 23, 2011 at 5:13 PM  

Welcome back dear..what a nice idea to do photo shoot in snow..love the shots..very pretty n beautiful! Soup looks warm and comforting..

Pushpa March 23, 2011 at 5:13 PM  

Fabulous clicks soup looks delicious.

Anna Johnston March 23, 2011 at 5:13 PM  

Your efforts to photograph in the snow are awesome Ananda, brilliant, i love it. Beautiful photography & a truly gorgeous dish to try soon as the weather will be cooling down in our part of the world soon enough. I share you thoughts for Japan & Christchurch...., wretched stuff, frightening stuff even, I'm glad to hear all your friends are safe though.

indiankhanna March 23, 2011 at 5:14 PM  

Soup looks and and very nice pics ...cool idea :)

Sharmilee March 23, 2011 at 5:14 PM  

Lovely clicks in snow abd the soup looks very soothing

Sharmilee: Lovely clicks in snow...looks too gud and the soup looks soothing and comforting

Priya March 23, 2011 at 5:14 PM  

Wonderful clicks, love that comforting and delicious soup..yummy..

Treat and Trick March 23, 2011 at 5:15 PM  

Welcome back dear! What a fantastic photo, its looks so yummy....

Rebecca March 23, 2011 at 5:15 PM  

this is an amazing soup and although you were freezing outside the pictures were so worth it :-)

Priya March 23, 2011 at 5:15 PM  

Ananda, If i were a salmon eater, I would 've devoured this, Ill bet - nice location shots! Where are you that there is still snow?

Swathi March 23, 2011 at 5:16 PM  

Looks delicious, i can understand how you feeling , i stayed almost 5 years alone before getting married .I think after photo shoot your soup need a reheating.

Sanjeeta kk March 23, 2011 at 5:16 PM  

Glad to see you back, Ananda! Looks like you had a good time with your family. Love those pictures on snow..wish I too can do it sometime. Gorgeous.

Jay March 23, 2011 at 5:16 PM  

lovely clicks along with nature...v missed you..awesome soup ...

Reshmi Mahesh March 23, 2011 at 5:17 PM  

Hi...First time here...You got a superb space and your write up is simply awesome....
Lovely and yummy soup too...Glad to follow your space...

Devaki March 23, 2011 at 5:18 PM  

welcome back Dahling!!...riches to rags eh? I am about to go from rags to ragger in a minute here with the In-laws coming very very soon :)

Gorgeous pics - in the snow - oh all that snow!!!! Lovely contrast, the fish to the stark white and toe curling yummy flavors :)

chow! Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

Hanna March 23, 2011 at 5:18 PM  

That looks gorgeous! I was in Finland last month for my sister's wedding and I fell deeply in love with salmon soup! Thanks for the recipe! The photos look amazing!


Catherine March 23, 2011 at 5:19 PM  

Welcome back, Ananda, I missed your posts! I'm so glad you embraced your "crazy" side and did the snow-shoot; the photos are terrific! I also love the sound of the salmon soup - it's not unlike the Cullen Skink (haddock and potato soup) I've just posted about. Hope your mum had a safe journey back to India :)

Joyti March 23, 2011 at 5:19 PM  

How beautiful the photographs turned out!
The soup must have been delicious.
And its nice to *see*; you again. Glad you enjoyed spending time with your mom :)

Cook is good March 23, 2011 at 5:19 PM  

soup looks delicious, and we would love to have suh a warm dish in the snow! Giorgia & Cyril

Cucina di barbara March 23, 2011 at 5:20 PM  

Ananda, your salmon soup looks so inviting and comforting...
Such a amazing place !||
I love your cliks:) Have a nice week, Barbara

Sarah March 23, 2011 at 5:20 PM  

Gal you are amazing!!!!! what a come back from hibernation .....
loved loved loved the pictures!!!!

aipi March 23, 2011 at 5:21 PM  

Glad to see you back dear..the soup sounds great, homey n comfy! The shots in the snow are fantastic..

delphcotecuisine March 23, 2011 at 5:21 PM  

looks so delicious, yummy pics too

angiesrecipess March 23, 2011 at 5:21 PM  

Beautiful clicks! Soup sounds very nutritious and delicious.

Alessandra March 23, 2011 at 5:22 PM  

did your family like Finland? I am sure that it was sad when they left, I feel for you.

sheebs March 23, 2011 at 5:43 PM  

beautiful pics..delicious combo..

Simplyfood March 23, 2011 at 10:47 PM  

Beautiful clicks in the snow, the soup must have got chilled during the photo shoot!!:)

Pavithra Elangovan March 24, 2011 at 12:07 AM  

Wow the pictures are cooooool with warm soup...looks gorgeous.

Soma March 24, 2011 at 4:19 PM  

Ah poor you! well at least u had some time and now look forward to the next time.. there will be one soon maybe.

Love this series of photographs!

Your niece is a darling doll!

Foodie Ann March 25, 2011 at 6:32 AM  

You are mighty brave to go out and shoot... They paid off well girl...They are gorgeous ... Gives me dreamy feeling...

Choclette March 26, 2011 at 8:59 AM  

I expect you're feeling a bit lonely after having your mother with you for three months. I don't like fish, but your photographs are stunning.

Shama Nagarajan March 26, 2011 at 9:17 AM  

yummy soup...lovely blog with lovely photographs..yummy recipes

MaryMoh March 26, 2011 at 6:56 PM  

Oh my goodness...just can't believe how adventurous you are, Ananda! You must be the only food blogger on earth who would carry the big bowl of salmon soup out into the below-freezing cold just for a photo shoot! :D But I love the photo....unique and gorgeous! I can imagine how it turned into ice instantly...haha. Yes, the Japan calamity still haunts me. Just too much to bear...earthquake, tsunami and then now the radiation....sad :( I'm glad your friends are fine. Your niece looks so sweet and adorable! :D I wish I can give her a big hug!

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lubnakarim06 March 29, 2011 at 2:09 PM  

Wow..love that idea....first time seeing the pics in snow....three cheers to you dear.....soup looks welcoming....snow....soup......yum....

Malar Gandhi March 29, 2011 at 9:19 PM  

I applaud ur effort' to plan a photo shoot in the woods, on a snowy day. Soup looks delicious. Hope you had good time with ur Mommy.

Sunitha March 29, 2011 at 10:17 PM  

Fish soup sounds interesting.. and photography out in the snow.. well :) wild! Sorry your mom had to leave. It's so ironical how we want to leave our parents shadow while growing up and then later we can't get enough of them.

Eat Hearty April 9, 2011 at 8:43 AM  

Nice Photography Ananda!!!


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