I recently spied a recipe for Chicken Cock-a-Leekie Soup on Pinterest. But when I followed the link, it didn’t take me to a recipe. Don’t you hate that?
But, the name had me curious, so I started searching for more about the recipe. I found out that Chicken Cock-a-Leekie Soup is a traditional Scottish recipe. I’ve got a thing for Scotland recently. It started with discovering the TV show Monarch of the Glen on Netflix, which takes place in Scotland. The sense of place in that show is so prominent, it’s like one of the characters. Every scene is beautiful.
Scotland seems to be popping up every where I look lately. We’ve even got a Scottish singer coming to our church on Sunday. I’m ridiculously excited about that. I am fairly introverted, but I really want to talk to this man. I’m afraid he might think I’m a bit crazy if I tell him I’m infatuated with his country. That I’ve watched the TV show and made the soup.
Onto the soup…It seems there are a lot of ways to make this traditional dish. Some recipes have rice, some have barley. All of them have chicken, leeks and prunes.
Yes, prunes in soup. I wasn’t too sure about that myself. I found recipes that cooked the prunes in the soup and others that used prunes as a topping. I decided to go the topping route. That way, if someone didn’t like the thought of it, they could pass.
The soup itself is a basic chicken soup that is comforting and nourishing. Surprisingly, the prunes paired beautifully with the flavors in the soup. The rich, sweet taste of the prunes complimented the more savory flavors of chicken and leeks. Even if you don’t think you’ll like the prunes, please give the topping a try. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Plus, you’ll feel authentically Scottish while eating it.
Here’s what you’ll need to make it: [Read more…]