Cock-a-leekie

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Cock-a-leekie soup
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TeepSoup
Place o oreeginScotland
Main ingredientsLeeks, chicken stock, thickener (oatmeal, rice or pearl barley)
VariationsPrunes, bacon
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Cock-a-leekie soup is a Scots soup dish makit wi leeks an chicken stock, aften thickent wi rice or sometimes baurley. The springheidit recipe addit prunes durin cuikin, an traditionalists still add a jullienne o prunes.

While it's cried "Scotland's Naitional Soup", it likely came frae Fraunce.[1] Bi the late 16t hunneryear,[2] it had makit its wey tae Scotland, whaur the ingans wis swappt oot wi leeks,[3] The furst recipe wis prentit in 1598,[3] tho the name "cock-a-leekie" wisnae uised til the 18t hunneryear.[4]

The vegetarian version o the soup has leeks, an micht include mixed vegetables, chicken flavoured meat substitute an/or prunes.[5]

History[eedit | eedit soorce]

The furst kent mention o the soup is the Orchtertyre House Book (1737), an accounts book that recordit a denner o 'cockie leekie fowlls in it'". The aerliest recipe is frae the Victorian era cuikbeuk writer Isabella Beeton, an is thickent wi "the fine part of oatmeal".[6]

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. Whitman, Joan. Craig Claiborne’s The New York Times Food Encyclopedia. New York:New York Times Company, 1985
  2. "How to make the perfect cock-a-leekie soup". The Guardian. Retrieved October 17, 2019
  3. a b Ayto, John. An A to Z of Food & Drink, John Ayto. Oxford:Oxford University Press, 2002
  4. Davidson, Alan. Oxford Companion to Food, Alan Davidson. Oxford:Oxford University Press, 1999
  5. "Vegetarian Cock-A-Leekie Soup Recipe - Food.com".
  6. Brown, Catherine (2011). A Year in A Scots Kitchen. Neil Wilson Publishing.