I’m hoping to go to Montauk for my birthday weekend (my cousin Renee will be in town, yipeeeeee!!), and all day yesterday I was scratching my head, trying to come up with a main meal to rival the cioppino on my 29th birthday. Well by golly, I’ve got it.
A traditional bouillabaise, served as they do at Fonfon in Marseille: first the glorious bouillon, which you eat as an appetizer, swirling in spoonfuls of aioili and rouille and sopping it all up with semolina rolls, then the fish and potatoes, which you select from a platter and add to the bouillon a piece at a time, so that they don’t get overcooked. Keep adding ladles of bouillon and fillets of fish until you’re as good and jolly as Julia Child on holiday.
As for the logistics: we brought home a jar of Fonfon rouille that hasn’t been touched, and Montauk has such wonderful seafood. Now if only there was an amazing French-speaking man in my life who could make it all happen…..