Ingredients 1 tablespoon butter 1/2 each fennel bulb, chopped 1 each onion, thinly sliced 1 pound pototaes, peeled, sliced 4 cup strong chicken stock 1 parsley, bay leaves, peppercorn, thyme 1 salt and pepper 1/2 cup whipping cream 1 teaspoon parsley, fresh, chopped 1 watercress, fresh, bunch

Melt butter in heavy saucepan. Add fennel and onion, cook over medium heat until soft but not brown, about 5 minutes. Add potatoes, stock and parsley, bay leaf, peppercorns and thyme enclosed in a small cheesecloth pouch. Simmer 30 minutes then remove.

Pass soup through food mill or puree until smooth in a food processor or blender. Pour puree into a clean saucepan, bring back to boil and correct seasoning. Add cream to taste and chopped parsley.

Place bunch of watercress in boiling water for 3 to 5 seconds then plunge in cold water. Drain cut leaves from stalks. Place soup in a heated tureen and serve.

Makes four 1 1/2 cup servings.