Sooke Harbour House Early Spring Dungeness Crab, Grand Fir & Roasted Garlic Broth

by Suzanne Heron.

Bring 4 cups Fish Stock to boil. Add 4 oz light green Grand Fir needles (Abies grandis) from new spring shoots and infuse for 20 minutes for a very citrusy, pleasant flavour. Strain and reserve liquid. In a little canola oil over medium, gently sauté 1 fennel bulb, 1 carrot & 1 leek, sliced. Add the infused fish stock and 1 cup white wine (Northwest Gewurztraminer  would be excellent), then simmer until the vegetables are tender. Purée 2 whole roasted garlic (skins removed) until smooth and add to broth. Add 1/2 lb fresh Dungeness Crab meat and gently heat through. Season with sea salt to taste, and garnish with crumbled dry sugar kelp or bull kelp. Serves 4.

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