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Creamy Salmon Bisque & Rhubarb Tarte Tatin

Salmon Bisque

A little update before I talk Salmon Bisque and Rhubarb Tarte TatinThe workshop in Ireland sold out so fast that we decided to exceptionally open up four more spots. There are three remaining. So, if you missed registration and would love to be able to join us for an amazing three day- four night food photography workshop on the grounds of Belle Isle Castle and Belle Isle Cookery School (all details here), here is your chance! Follow this link to the registration page. Hope to see you there!

Salmon Bisque

 Back to today’s recipes…

Multi Potato Goodness

Let’s back track to a couple of weeks ago when I had tooth issues. Bear with me, something incredibly tasty came out of one little inconvenience. Well, it did not feel "little" at the time but in the grand scheme of things and with two more family members in bad shape, you won’t hear me complain of anything. It was just a tooth and one minor setback not the end of the world…

Salmon Bisque

I could not eat more than two or three spoonfuls of soup at at time. I started dropping weight. If you know me, you know this is the last thing I need. I was starting to lack energy while my gigs were getting more intense. Not a good combination. I knew I could easily fix this by making meals that packed a punch in nutrients. I could eat soups. I devised a plan to make a big batch of a super nutritious soup and to keep a bowl by my side at all time during the day. A few spoonfuls there, another couple here and within the course of the morning, I would finally have eaten a normal lunch. Same thing for dinner.

Fresh From The Market

What soup did it? A Salmon Bisque, full of good-for-you wholesome ingredients such as wild pacific salmon, potatoes, Vidalia onions, zucchini, garlic, fish stock and herbs. I could make it thin, chunky. I could change the vegetables with whatever was in the fridge such as subbing carrots for the zucchini, lefover rice instead of potatoes, etc… As long as I had a good combo of protein, carbs, fat and veggies, I was good to go. Getting all my nutrients helped heal at a normal pace. I did that for five days and it worked. Hooray!


Not going to lie, but the first thing I sank my teeth into after that episode was a big plate of crunchy radishes, a plump kebab of local shrimp and a big slice of tarte tatin. Rhubarb tarte tatin. With plenty of buttery goodness from the puff pastry crust and long pieces of caramelized rhubarb that just melted in your mouth. The latest edition of Donna Hay magazine was just chock full of tatin recipes with puff pastry. And well, those two words tend to make weak in the knees as soon as I see them..

Rhubarb Tarte Tatin

Since I can occasionally eat gluten (once or twice a week without showing signs of Meniere’s) I figured a Tarte Tatin would be a darn good way to go for it. And it was. And I have one in the oven as we speak. I wish I were kidding. But this one is for my in-laws. Because they can’t ever have too much tarte tatins. Or rhubarb.

After a nice bowl of soup. This tarte is definitely melt in your mouth decadence of the best kind.

Rhubarb Tarte Tatin

Creamy Salmon Bisque:

Makes enough for 6 to 8 large portions.


 1 tablespoon olive oil 

3 small baby Vidalia onions (sweet onion) or 1 large onion, sliced 

1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary 

3 zucchini, sliced 

1/2 pound small potatoes 

3 garlic cloves, minced 

1 pound wild salmon, boned, skinned and cut into large cubes 

4 to 6 cups seafood stock 

salt and pepper to taste

In a large stock pot, heat the olive oil over medium high heat and sautee the onions and rosemary for 2 to 3 minutes or until the onion is translucent. Add the zucchini and potatoes and sautee another 2 minutes. Add the garlic and salmon and saute for a couple of minutes, making sure not to burn the garlic. Add about 4 cups of seafood stock and pinch of salt and pepper. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat, let cool for about another 10 minutes and puree in a food processor or blender (immersion blender works great too) until completely smooth. Add more stock to adjust the consistency to your liking. For example, we like thick soups but some don’t – adjust accordingly. Salt and pepper to taste if needed. Serve warm.


Rhubarb Tarte Tatin, very slightly adapted from Donna Hay magazine: 

Serves 6 

1 sheet of puff pastry (I made my own using this recipe) (you can also find a gluten free puff pastry here)
3/4 cup (165g) sugar 

1/4 cup (60ml) water 

2 tablespoons (50gr) butter 

1/4 teaspoon cardamom 

1 1/2 pounds rhubarb, cut into 10cm long pieces (4 inches long) 


Preheat oven to 375F. Roll the puff pastry to 1/8-inch thick. Cut out a 22cmx32cm (8.5 inch x 12.5inch) rectangle from the pastry and set aside.
Place the sugar and the water in a small saucepan over medium low hear and cook, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Increase the heat to medium high and cook for 8 minutes, until the sugar turns to a caramel color Add the butter and cardamom and stir until the butter is completely melted and combined with the caramel.
Pour the caramel into a 20cmx30cm (8×12-inch) baking pan and arrange the rhubarb pieces over it.
Top with the puff pastry and tuck the edges under a little. Place on a larger baking sheet and bake for 30 to 45 minutes. or until the puff pastry is cooked through. Allow to cool for five minutes or so. Loosen the edges with a knife. Invert the tart onto a serving tray.

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Unknown April 24, 2012 um 11:35 pm

I can't wait for rhubarb to show up at my Greenmarket. This recipe makes the wait even harder!

Clare April 24, 2012 um 11:35 pm

My mouth is watering over every single recipe in this post. And your photos are gorgeous. I love how you are mixing things up!

Averie @ Averie Cooks April 24, 2012 um 11:46 pm

That Creamy Salmon Bisque looks absolutely divine. When you said creamy in the title, you weren't kidding. I love bisques and your photos have me craving some!

Anonymous April 24, 2012 um 11:47 pm

I always enjoy your writing and your photos and today I just wanna say thank you for also providing metric measures in your recipes ๐Ÿ™‚ Makes it so much easier for us Europeans!

Morgan April 24, 2012 um 11:50 pm

This looks delish! One question though- in the picture, has your tart already been inverted? I am a little confused on that part…thanks!

Anonymous April 25, 2012 um 4:59 am

Love the photos!

Karen @ Sugartown Sweets April 25, 2012 um 5:20 am

I have to say..i come here more for the photos than the food! And the food looks great!

Sini April 25, 2012 um 5:43 am

The second picture – those colors are amazing! Hope you are feeling better already.

Emilia April 25, 2012 um 6:48 am

Rhubarb tarte tatin! What a good idea! I love tarte tatin but lately I can't eat apples anymore. I must try this!

Maja April 25, 2012 um 8:49 am

I love rhubarb and thank god it's growing like crazy in my mom's garden.
this tarte tatin is next on my list…big time!!!

Vickie April 25, 2012 um 10:11 am

ooh, yum. Especially the rhubarb tart ๐Ÿ™‚

Shelby April 25, 2012 um 11:40 am

What a lovely spin on both salmon and rhubarb! I love the dark lighting contrast in these photos as well, soooo beautiful Helene, as always.

Laura April 25, 2012 um 11:54 am

Oh goodness I want that dessert now! I looked into your Irish workshop but couldn't go…too bad, maybe next time, but I seriously need to improve my food photography skills.

Andi of My Beautiful Adventures April 25, 2012 um 12:50 pm

Looks super delish! And you take the most gorgeous photos.

Magda April 25, 2012 um 2:14 pm

I don't know how that is possible, since you are one of the best food photographers there is, but your photographs are getting more and more beautiful. That second photograph is breathtaking.
Thank you Helene for being such an inspiration.

The bisque looks so creamy. I love salmon and we eat it almost twice a month. This is a great way to prepare it.

Anonymous April 25, 2012 um 3:08 pm

The soup looks so creamy and delicious! I can't get enough of these photos ๐Ÿ™‚

Nina April 25, 2012 um 3:14 pm

I have been seeing a lot of rhubarb recipes….these look excellent. Your pics…wow what do I say…they speak for themselves…beautiful:)

Unknown April 25, 2012 um 9:50 pm

OHHH that tarte tatin looks divine! I so wish I could join you in Ireland…but I'll live through the fabulous photos I'm sure you will take!

Helene April 25, 2012 um 11:11 pm

MOrgan: yes, it is inverted. I just used the same pan to cook and serve.

Morgan April 25, 2012 um 11:31 pm

Got it! Thank you so much!

yc April 26, 2012 um 3:55 am

Where do you buy seafood stock?

Helene April 26, 2012 um 2:18 pm

YC: I make my own with fish bones and shellfish scraps I save and freeze but you will find it already made next to the chicken and beef stock at the grocery store.

Sarah April 26, 2012 um 5:50 pm

Gluten gives you symptoms of menieres? I have menieres and I never heard of that before- interesting!

Kim Bee April 26, 2012 um 6:25 pm

Helene these are two gorgeous recipes. You impress me every time I stop by. I'm half way through your book right now and it is starting to help me. I am using an easyshare so it's a challenge but I'm determined. Thanks for all you do to inspire us all.

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Victoria April 26, 2012 um 7:44 pm

Both look very appetizing! I love the idea of tarte tatin with rhubarb. When I was growing up, we ate rhubarb only in compotes or jam, so it took me a while to expand my repertoire with rhubarb beyond those favorites. So, your recipe is perfect to stoke my ongoing love affair with rhubarb.

Anonymous April 26, 2012 um 9:06 pm

These both look fantastic! I am craving rhubarb big time at the moment and the bisque looks like it would fit into my life quite nicely!

Helene April 26, 2012 um 10:19 pm

Sarah: please read my "About" page. I was diagnosed with Meniere's in late 2008 and my neurologist advised me to keep sodium, cholesterol and gluten to a minimum and see if that helped in any way shape or form. And it did! Everyone is different but the attacks are few and far between the less sodium, cholesterol and gluten I eat. Might be different for you and others.

Fresh Daily Deal at Wakanetwork April 27, 2012 um 7:38 am

Fresh taste! Your photography is just stunning.ย ย 

Anne Marie April 27, 2012 um 1:37 pm

Thanks so much for the Rhubarb Tarte Tatin recipe and photos. I've got so much rhubarb I don't know what to do with it, and this looks fabulous!!

Tiffany April 27, 2012 um 5:16 pm

I have your book and I have repinned many of your recipes, but I just now actually visited — and I am so glad I did! I love your work, you are an inspiration. Thank you!

Kat @ Kat's Food Adventures April 27, 2012 um 10:45 pm

Rhubarb, I love rhubarb, I recently made a strawberry rhubarb pie for my friends. The perfect spring time dessert, yum.

Sneh | Cook Republic April 28, 2012 um 12:44 am

The tarte tatin is beautiful, love the symmetry and structure rhubarb imparts to the dessert. ๐Ÿ™‚

Jen Laceda | Milk Guides April 28, 2012 um 10:18 pm

i can't stop looking at your beautifully rustic props! that Ovenex pan is just gorgeous – and your photography, truly stunning! i study your style in Plate to Pixel all the time ๐Ÿ™‚ as your images are unlike others I see in the world of food blogging!

Shelby April 30, 2012 um 6:14 pm

Dear Helene,
I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award, as a blog that inspires me more and more every day… Thank you and Congratulations!
Please, visit Tutus&Tea where you can see a list of fellow nominees as well as the rules of this blog award!

Malibu Kitchen April 30, 2012 um 8:57 pm

I so wish I had a bowl of your salmon bisque now. Looks divine!

Rae Jade June 10, 2012 um 7:08 pm

What a delicious soup! I made this for dinner last night. I have made shrimp bisque and lobster bisque, but never salmon bisque. This was simple to make and very satisfying. I had no zucchini so I used broccoli. We like our bisque a little thinner, so I just added more stock. Thank you so much for sharing this delicious soup.

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