Preparation / Directions:
Heat the oil in a 4-quart saucepan over medium heat. Add the red bell pepper, onion, apple, and carrot. Sauté, stirring frequently, until the onions are translucent, about 5 to 7 minutes.
Add the chicken stock and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat and simmer the soup, partially covered, for 25 minutes. Puree the soup in a blender or a food processor fitted with a steel blade; return it to the saucepan.
Stir in the corn, crushed red pepper, tarragon vinegar, lime juice, parsley, white pepper and salt. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally, and simmer, uncovered, for 7 minutes. (The soup may be prepared up to this step two days in advance and then refrigerated in a tightly sealed container.
Just before serving, bring it slowly back to a boil and then add the seafood.) Add the shrimp and scallops to the simmering soup, turn off the heat immediately, and cover the pot. Allow it to sit for 5 minutes. Serve immediately in heated soup bowls.