Nourishing Soup Recipe
Fish soup using the whole fish and often the fish head might not sound too appetising for many but this nourishing recipe works wonders in restoring health and hydration.
Many years ago I would travel to stay and treat/devise exercise criteria for deep sea divers who spent weeks/months living and working deep within the ocean depths and then spending time (weeks) in SAT pre resurfacing. They were fit men and of course health was a high priority for them. One of the men who was still fit enough to dive when others were heading into retirement from the life of deep sea diving routinely made and ate a simple recipe of fish soup using a whole fish or even just the fish head along with adding in herbs. A family tradition handed down by his grandmother.
During this time I was also treating crayfishing men who were working long days on the ocean. I have vivid memories of watching the men and their dogs early morning starting up their tractors and heading down the sandy beachfront with dogs in tow. The dogs were often bullbreed/Stafford/kelpie mixbreed dogs. Fit athletic dogs with glossy healthy coats and full of zest for life.
The main staple of diet was often fish freshly caught each day or eels and then cooked up in various ways for the men. The fish heads were then cooked up in a soup and given to the dogs along with their usual meal which consisted mainly of other kinds of meat or raw bones.
I have also seen the benefits of fish soup for many dogs that I have treated over the years for various ailments, post surgery recovery or long term stress response.
Fish Soup Recipe
1-2, fish heads or 1 whole fish.
Water 2-3 cups
Garden herbs such as nettle, parsley, red clover, sage etc.
I tend to use a slow cooker and cook the fish for at least 8 hours. Pre serving I add in the herbs so as to gently soften them but not over cook them.
A simple recipe and one the dogs seem to all enjoy.