“Cosmic Soup,” mezzotint, 4.5” x 3.5”, 2011

Zurakowska, Malgorzata

Cosmic Soup

It takes billions of years and a plethora of ingredients for cosmic
soup to be rich and concentrated enough to form planets and life.
Likewise the recipe for the soup below requires carefully selected
ingredients, which gradually added over time build the flavor and
taste.
INGREDIENTS
48 fresh mussels in shells
1½ cups dry white wine
4 finely chopped shallots
¼ teaspoon pepper
¼ teaspoon powdered thyme
3 tablespoons chopped parsley
3 tablespoons of butter
1 tablespoon flour
Brush and scrape mussel shells thoroughly, and wash in several
waters. Place in deep kettle; add wine, shallots, pepper and thyme.
Cover, bring to boil and simmer 6-8 minutes until shells open.
Remove mussels in shells to large deep casserole or serving platter,
and cover with hot, damp towel to keep warm. Carefully strain
broth through cheesecloth into another saucepan to remove sand.
Bring to boil and reduce to ½ the quantity. Add parsley. Blend butter
and flour, and add to broth, stirring constantly until thickened.
Taste for seasoning and pour sauce over mussels. Serve immediately
in soup dishes, and use cocktail forks to eat mussels directly
from shells.