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this is an amazing soup my dad makes in Croatia with fresh fish and some very basic ingredients

here is his recipe, written by him
Tatin Brudetto
2-3 onions(med to large)
olive oil-3-4 tablespoons
tomato fresh or minced, about a small to med can
garlic a clove sliced finely
lorber leaves
parsley chopped
1 lbs chicken broth
1-2 tablespoons of vinegar-Balsamic or white wine
salt (quite a bit to taste)
cayenne pepper-to taste(hot)
First sautee chopped onions in olive oil till soft(not burned),then add tomato(paste,fresh or minced), cayenne,a few leaves of lorber,broken for flavor,sautee for a few minutes together, may add black pepper,garlic. Now comes the fish,shells if you have any,it is better if you have a few different fishes.Salt and pour 1/2 to 1 lbs of chicken broth.Usually to cover the fish. I like more juice , so I add a bit more depending on a fish.Some is more watery than others.
Cook for about 15-25 minutes, again depending on a fish. I added some octopus,sauteed it first than added fish.
Hope it serves you well and
BON APPETITE !
Love Dad

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champagne facts

I ran across this today in an old Saveur magazine and thought some people might find it useful:

Labels on French champagnes can be confusing and here are some quick facts:
Blanc de Blancs-made only with white grapes, 100 percent Chardonnay, ages well
Blanc de Noirs-light colored champagnes made from the juice of dark-skinned grapes such as pinot noir or pinot meunier
Brut-meaning dry, very little sugar added to the bottle, 95% of all French champagnes
Demi-Sec-pair well with desserts,noticeable amount of sugar
Extra-Dry-pretty sweet, popular in American sparkling wines
Rose-wide variety of taste, made with contact with dark grape skins or blending with red

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This is Silba, an island we spent a few weeks on this summer, my childhood summers were spent here and its a magical place

silba boats

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