[Sca-cooks] Recipe Search

otsisto otsisto at socket.net
Fri Feb 15 00:24:05 PST 2008


Cock-a-Leekie soup is said to be a traditional Scottish recipe going back to
the Medieval times but I have yet to see docs to that effect. Though it
might have since it is basically a chicken and leek soup. I understand that
it may have contained raisins or prunes

Traditional Scottish Recipes
- "Auld Reekie" Cock-a-Leekie Soup

The "Auld Reekie" does not refer to the soup being "smokey" but to the
origins of the recipe in Edinburgh which used to be called Auld Reekie in
the days of coal fires. Cock-a-Leekie soup makes a regular appearance in
Scottish kitchens but this variation has a special ingredient - Scotch
whisky! It will, as the say, "stick to your ribs".

3lb boiling chicken (giblets removed)
3 slices of streaky bacon
1lb shin of beef
2 lb leeks
1 large onion
5 fluid ounces Scotch whisky
4 pints water
1 level tablespoon dried tarragon
Salt and pepper
8 pre-soaked prunes (optional but traditional!)

Mix the whisky, tarragon and sugar in the water. Chop up the bacon and place
the chicken, bacon and beef in a large bowl and pour over the whisky
marinade. Leave to soak overnight. Place the chicken etc in a large soup
pot. Chop up the leeks (reserve one) and onion and add to the pot. Salt and
pepper to taste. Bring to the boil, cover and simmer for two hors, removing
any scum as required. Remove the chicken from the pot, remove skin and
bones. Chop the meat into small pieces and return to the pot. Cut up the
shin of beef, if required. Add the prunes and the last chopped leek and
simmer for 10 to 15 minutes. It will serve up to eight people.

Have you found a recipe for carrot pie or even a tart?
I did find in the florilegium a carrot-cheese pie which is associated with a
Landsknecht feast. Jadwiga Zajaczkowa is the one who posted it.

-----Original Message-----

You can find some of those in the Miscellany, webbed at:


I don't think Cock-a-Leekie is period--more precisely, I don't think
there is a known period recipe for it. There's a reference somewhere
to someone travelling in Scotland being served something that, with a
sufficiently vivid imagination, can be conjectured to be
cock-a-leekie, but so far as I know that's it.

However I will be happy to be corrected by someone with better information

>Our Local college group has finally set a date etc.. so we'reworkign on a
menu now... several thigns have been suggested, but now I'm looking for
specific recipes.? Last time I sent Florilegium articles off the college
severs "ate" them
>here are a few of the recipes I'm looking for:
>A Mushroom tart
>Carrot Pie
>Ginger Pea soup
>Sauces for Roast Beef
>Cock-a Leekie (sp?) soup
>Pies Of Paris
>Savory toasted Cheese
>Marlboro tarts
>Please Note that due to allergies in our shire all nuts, as well as
>sesame seeds are off limits.
>With Many thanks!

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