fennel consommé

or close enough anyway

I cleaned out the old fennel patch in the walled garden today. These plants were starting to go to seed already. They don't have bulbs but they still taste good and will give the soup a delicate anise overtone. I used mostly the stems, although the leaves can be used as well.

If you don't want to give the steeped fennel to your chickens, you can make an opaque green soup with a more intense flavor by blending the fennel pieces. (see Fennel Soup recipe)


This is what you need for 2 quarts, 4 servings:



Pic1: fennel stems
Pic2: fennel  consommé