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December 14th is National Bouillabaisse Day

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If you're looking for something to do today then get your spoon ready because it's National Bouillabaisse Day!  And this time the soup is hot!  So, let's get right into celebrating National Bouillabaisse Day!

WHY IS THIS A HOLIDAY?  

Well, from what I'm seeing, people love eating soup around this time of year, especially hot soup. And for some people, it takes a whole lot of meat to make their soup fill them up, but not just any meat! No, some people have such a great love for seafood that they have to mix in a ton of different kinds into one magical soup called bouillabaisse. So yes, once again, the popularity of a food has spawned yet another food holiday. There's no reason to celebrate it, other than it's delicious!  But this lovely soup was created by Marseille fishermen, who wanted to make some dinner after being out on their boats all day. They chose to use fish that normally wouldn't sell well at restaurants, because they were too bony, and they added some shellfish into the mix too. Then they would boil it all up in seawater, with some fennel and garlic. And it wasn't until bouillabaisse was brought to America, in the 17th century, that tomatoes were added into the mix.

But, just as lobster switched from being a poor man's food to being fine dining, by the 19th century they began serving bouillabaisse to the upper class. But they switched from using sea water to using fish stock, and also added in some saffron. And can you tell why they called it bouillabaisse? It's because of how you cook it! First you boil the broth (bolh) then you add in each type of fish, one by one, and every time the broth begins to boil, you turn the heat down (abaissa).  Are you tempted to try this soup?

HOW TO CELEBRATE 

So, how can you celebrate today?  Well, if you don't have a lot of time on your hands and don't want to make a giant pot full of seafood then head to a restaurant! People make this soup in all different ways, but I bet you'd have a wonderful celebration if someone made this soup and brought it too you, as you sat there sipping your water. I'd tell you to kick your feet up and relax, but they might kick you out if you did that. ;)  But you know, it's not really that hard to make this soup. Sure, it requires quite a few ingredients, but you can eat this soup pretty much all week; cook once, eat often. And you can add in whatever seafood you like! Toss in some squid, shark or whatever else you want... it's all up to you. But I doubt I need to tell you that it should be seafood that you already know you like, right?  But if you're an awesome person, you'll buy a few cheap thermoses so that you can bring a smile to others. Bouillabaisse was a poor man's soup that became a rich man's soup, right? Well, why don't you go find a few homeless people and make them feel like a rich man (or woman) as you hand them a warm thermos, full of bouillabaisse? Everyone deserves to be warmed from the inside out on this day, now don't they?  Have a great day and make sure you're not the only one having a great day!





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