This is surely one of the world’s greatest
soups! Inter-change the vegetables and meat at will but do not leave barley off your list
of ingredients. Scotch Broth has been called "the porridge of the evening" in so
far as saying that it is good rib-sticking stuff that can be a great meal on its own.
╝lb pearl barley
╝lb dried peas
Żlb mutton or braising beef steak
2 tablespoons salt
1 turnip (swede)
1 small white cabbage or 5-6 leaves of kale
A little black pepper
Before going to bed soak the barley and dried peas in water. It doesn’t really matter
what the temperature of the water is but I prefer to set the barley and peas going in
The next day place the beef in a saucepan, cover with cold water add the salt and bring to
the boil. Simmer gently for about an hour. Whilst the meat is cooking chop up the carrots
and turnip into small cubes. Also chop the onion, leeks and cabbage (or kale) finely. Add
the soaked barley and peas to the boiling mutton or beef and then add the prepared
vegetables and allow the mixture to simmer for a further hour. If the level of the liquid
should fall too low add extra boiling water.
Fifteen minutes before the end of the second hour add the chopped fresh parsley together
with a little freshly ground black pepper.
The broth can be served straight away but tastes even better upon re-heating the next day
so never make small quantities of Scotch broth, always plan on two days worth. It is said
that in some households the broth pot is constantly on the stove and is merely added to as
required. Personally I prefer my broth during the winter months only but that is perhaps
just a modern taste.