White Cabbage & Oyster Broth with Fourme d’Ambert Cheese

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Appears in
A Passion for Cheese

By Paul Gayler

Published 1997

  • About

This soup dates back to my early days at Inigo Jones restaurant in Londons Covent Garden. I enjoy preparing and tasting it as much now as I did then. You can make the soup without the oysters and it’s still good, but they do give it an incomparable briny scent and flavour.


  • 50 g (2 oz, 4 tablespoons) unsalted butter
  • 200


Melt the butter in a saucepan, add the cabbage, then cover and sweat for 5-8 minutes. Stir in the cumin seeds, pour in the stock and bring to the boil. Skim off any impurities that rise to the surface and simmer gently for about 15 minutes, until the cabbage is tender.

Meanwhile, open the oyster shells and remove the oysters, reserving their juice (see