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Emmett McCourt, getting ready for Wordskills 2011.

Emmett McCourt, getting ready for Wordskills 2011.

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Recipe of the week

Alexis Soyer's Famine Soup

INGREDIENTS
Original Recipe 1847
  • 12-1⁄2 lbs leg of beef
  • 100 gallons of water
  • 6-1/4 lbs drippings
  • 100 onions and other vegetables
  • 25 lbs each of flour (seconds) and pearl barley
  • 1-1/2 lbs brown sugar
  • 9 lbs salt

Modern Interpretation
  • Beef leg Bones 1000g
  • Water 2 litres or Beef stock
  • Butter 100g
  • Onions 1 peeled and chopped
  • Other vegetables available – turnips, celery / leeks chopped 200g
  • Flour 100g
  • Barley 200g
  • Brown sugar 50g Salt to season

METHOD
  • 1. Melt the butter in heavy based pan (famine pot).
  • 2. Sweat onions and other vegetables, add sugar and flour, and cook until coloured.
  • 3. Add pearl barley and stock.
  • 4. Bring to the boil and simmer for 45 minutes to 1 hour, adjust the seasoning.
  • 5. Serve from pot with oat cakes.
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