Scotch Broth - Healthy Scottish Soup

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Healthy and delicious Scotch Broth

Healthy and delicious Scotch Broth

I just wonder why I hardly cook Scottish food even though I have been here for almost 10 years. I mean Scotland has so many awesome food. Strange to think of it….hmmm. I love Scottish food though, like this Scotch Broth. And I really love the famous Sticky Toffee Pudding. I need to make that too, and many others. I guess maybe I don’t have so much confident in cooking it or maybe it’s easier to eat out. So funny that I don’t even know why….haha. Well, I really need to start cooking some of the best Scottish dishes.

Scotch Broth  mix in a packet

Scotch Broth mix in a packet

I love Scotty Brand products because of its freshness. They are produced here in Scotland. My family has always loved their potatoes. I was so thrilled to know that they have a new product……Scotch Broth mix. That just makes life so easy. My aunty was here last week and I was just so excited to cook a Scottish dish for her to try. This is just perfect as the weather was so cold. I added rice noodles to it. It was very delicious. We liked it very much…..a healthy meal in a bowl.

Very fresh vegetables and barley

Very fresh vegetables and barley

Scotch Broth mix is generally made up of carrots, swede, onions, leeks ad barley. It’s such a healthy mix which gives sweetness to the soup. I must say this soup has to be good for health.

Lamb loin chops

Lamb loin chops

I bought a packet of lamb from Costco to cook this soup. There are 9 pieces. I only used 5 pieces. I cut out the meat from the bones to use for other dishes, leaving some on the bones. You can use all if you want. We don’t eat a lot of meat so I don’t want to waste it. I cut off the thick fat layer too. You can use the whole pieces if you like.

Here’s the easy and simple Scotch Broth recipe.

1 packet (500g) of Scotty Brand Scotch Broth mix (comes with a packet of barley)
5 pieces of lamb loin chops (or other meat)
1t dried thyme
2T finely chopped parsley
salt and pepper to season
wine (optional)

Put Scotch Broth mix and herbs into the pot

Put Scotch Broth mix and herbs into the pot

Put everything, except salt and pepper, into a pot. Add enough water to more than cover the vegetables and meat. Cook until the meat is soft and tender. Season with salt and pepper. I used pressure cooker to cook as it’s faster. It took me about 30 minutes, then let it cool down slowly to release the pressure itself. NEVER open it immediately as it is dangerous.

This soup is good on its own. It’s very filling. You can even take it as a meal or with noodles added to it. The soup is very tasty. The weather is getting very cold now and I love to add a little wine to it. This makes it very warming to the body. It’s always nice to have a bowl of hot soup before stepping out of the house. Here are a few ways I served this Scotch Broth. It’s perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Delicious with egg and green vegetables

Delicious with egg and green vegetables

It can be very simple yet delicious with a fried egg and some green leafy vegetables added to it. I had this before I went for badminton.

Delicious with fish, egg and green vegetables

Delicious with fish, egg and green vegetables

You can make it more elaborate with a piece of oven baked fish added to the bowl just above. The piece of fish was actually leftover from the day before. I love that fish…..lemon sole bought from Costco. It’s very delicious and very easy to cook……just bake from frozen. It is already marinaded. It comes 9 pieces in a box and costs a little less than £8. That piece of fish in the bowl is only half a piece.

Delicious with leeks pancakes

Delicious with leeks pancakes

And this one was my lunch. I made some leeks pancakes or fritters to go with my Scotch Broth. It was really good…..just so satisfying.

What type of soup do you usually cook? I know back home in Malaysia where the weather is hot throughout the whole year, we often cook vegetable soup. But over here in northern Scotland where the weather is cold most of the time, I like to cook lamb or beef soup which is more warming, but with a lot of vegetables added. So the Scotch Broth is definitely one of my favourites. Why not cook Scottish by giving this delicious soup a try.

Hope you have much fun cooking and eating. I hope you have even more fun in your exercise program. I’m really glad to say that I’m back to badminton several times a week and have started slow running badminton. My physiotherapist had asked me to start jumping and running the ‘8′ shape on top of all the other stretching, cycling and balancing exercises. Sure sounds a lot huh! It’s hard work I must say. But I’m still very careful on the court. It’s almost like I have forgotten how to run on the badminton court after all these months…..haha.

This week my life is back to normal. Had a most wonderful time last week with my aunty from Malaysia. Time just passed by too fast when she was here. Wish she had stayed longer!

Do enjoy your week. Till then, see you in my next post.

Other soup recipes that you may be interested: There are more in my Recipes section.
Healthy Seaweed Soup
Chicken And Winter Melon Soup
Chicken Tonic Soup
Nutritious Ginger Wine Chicken Soup
Thai Beef Butternut Squash Soup
Thai Chicken Coconut Soup
Pumpkin, Prawns And Coconut Soup (Thai)
Sweet Corn And Apple Chicken Soup

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suituapui  on November 13th, 2012

Lovely soup… Slurpsss!!!!

TasteHongKong  on November 13th, 2012

The cold weather is also upon us here too. And soups have almost become an inevitable part of our meals with rice or noodles. So happen, am thinking of pancakes too …

Jeannie  on November 13th, 2012

Hi Mary, it’s good to hear you are now back to normal:) That is a very hearty and healthy look dish, I can imagine how tasty that bowl of beehoon is:D

claire  on November 13th, 2012

A Balanced Meal again and again, Mary!! So nice…

Nami | Just One Cookbook  on November 13th, 2012

As I type this my fingers are so cold and wish to have this soup for lunch! I’ve never made Scottish food and this soup sounds hearty and delicious!

Mary  on November 13th, 2012

@suituapui - Yes, it is lovely….mmmm. Had it a few times already :D

@TasteHongKong - I hope it’s not too cold on your side. It’s really cold on certain days. It can go to below 0 deg C in the morning. But these 2 days is not too bad, quite warm. Yes, more soups, and more pancakes :D

@Jeannie - Yes, really good to be back to badminton, but not 100% normal yet……only slow run. But happy enough. When the weather is cold, I’m just happy with any soup actually, just to keep me warm. But of course when it’s very delicious, it makes me smile more :D

@claire - So that I can stay young and also have enough energy to play badminton….hehe :D

@Nami | Just One Cookbook - My gosh….looks like it’s just as cold on your side. Do keep warm. I have to turn on the heater everyday. Otherwise I will lose my smiles….haha :D

somewhere in singapore  on November 13th, 2012

Your soup looks so nice…

If for me to cook it, wonder what it turn out to be…

Mich - Piece of Cake  on November 13th, 2012

This looks simply delicious, especially during winter…

teresa  on November 14th, 2012

yum, so comforting. i’m completely unfamiliar with scottish food, so this was fun!

Blackswan  on November 14th, 2012

Mary, I often cook what we call here as ABC Soup, adding lots of potatoes, carrots, onions & tomatoes. I usually use chicken for the stock. It’s something new for me to see lamb chops added in :)

Angie@Angie's Recipes  on November 14th, 2012

Warming and delicious! I love soups that’s loaded with veggies!

Katerina  on November 14th, 2012

This soup look svery inviting and hearty and filling Mary! I would so much like a bowl right now!

Mary  on November 14th, 2012

@somewhere in singapore - This is so easy I’m sure you can cook it. You can add in other vegetables too if you like. Just put everything together and boil :D

@Mich - Piece of Cake - Indeed it’s so good during winter. I need to cook again. I love the addition of barley. I feel full longer :D

@teresa - Hope you’ll give this soup a try. It’s so simple and easy. Utter fun to cook :D

@Blackswan - Oh yes, this does look quite like ABC soup, so common in Malaysia too. Only that there’s barley added which I really like. It’s so cold here so I think the lamb is really good as it’s more warming. But I’m sure you can use chicken too. I need to cook it again :D

@Angie@Angie’s Recipes - Me, too. Vegetables, especially root vegetables, add such a sweetness to the soup :D

@Katerina - Hope you’ll give this soup a try. It’s pretty easy to cook. Great for cold weather. I’ll be cooking it again soon :D

Juliana  on November 15th, 2012

Nice soup Mary, very flavorful…great for this kind of weather…
Hope you are having a great week :)

Jenn and Seth  on November 15th, 2012

this sounds absolutely wonderful!

Mary  on November 15th, 2012

@Juliana - Thanks very much, Juliana! :D Hope you have a great week, too!

@Jenn and Seth - Thanks very much, Jenn and Seth! :D

Ilan  on November 15th, 2012

Your soup looks amazing!!

Sanjeeta kk  on November 16th, 2012

What a correct time to start posting comforting soup recipes…

Sophie  on November 16th, 2012

Your amazing & very nourishing soup looks so comforting & must tastes wonderful too!

A must make, MaryMoh! :) xxx

Asiya @ Chocolate and Chillies  on November 16th, 2012

What a great soup for winter! I usually make chicken corn soup, mushroom soup or red pepper soup. Oh yeah…and black bean soup!

Mistletoe  on November 17th, 2012

Oh! Didn’t realise your aunty left already. I’m sure she enjoyed this very healthy and delicious soup. Actually I have never heard of Scotch broth before. Thanks for introducing me to something new.
Great news to hear about your leg. Keep up the good work with your exercises. Take it easy though. Don’t rush anything. Better to be safe than sorry. Miss our FB chats. Hope you’re doing well, my dear. Hugs!!

rebecca  on November 18th, 2012

this looks delicious and love your take on it

Amy Tong  on November 19th, 2012

Yum! I’m drooling over your creation. It’s good on so many combinations. :)

tigerfish  on November 19th, 2012

So versatile! Seems it is delicious with almost any kind of toppings :) But I am ignorant about this Scottish soup. Thanks for sharing.

Mary  on November 20th, 2012

@Ilan - Thanks very much Ilan! :D

@Sanjeeta kk - You are very right….comforting soup indeed for this cold weather :D

@Sophie - I really like it and hope you like it too. Have fun cooking! :D

@Asiya @ Chocolate and Chillies - Ooooh…I love chicken corn soup and mushroom soups too :D I have not tried the red pepper soup. Wonder how it tastes like. Love the black bean soup but my family doesn’t like….hmmm.

@Mistletoe - Yes, my aunty has left. She only stayed a week. Miss her :( Hope you try this soup…a healthy soup. It’s very easy to cook…good for busy days :D

@rebecca - Thanks very much, Rebecca! :D

@Amy Tong - Thanks very much, Amy! :D

@tigerfish - This is just the way I like. Don’t think the Scottish eat it that way….haha :D

Umadevi73  on December 5th, 2012

Hi Mary, the more I look at your recipes, the more I want to make new things. You’re such an inspiration, thank you xxx

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Baby Sumo  on May 9th, 2013

This is my Hubby’s favorite soup. He grew up eating this.

maat45  on November 2nd, 2013

:-) Thrilled to see so many of you enjoy one of our best dishes! Born and raised in Scotland Scotch Broth (or ‘kail’ as our family called it) was a staple of the winter months and, despite the fact that where I now live was 70degs. today, it IS November so I made a big pot. My recipe is a little different (family recipe) but no doubt tastes the same..every bit as good and healthy! I use a knap bone or lamb shank, leeks, turnip, carrot all grated finely, small piece of cabbage (chopped), barley, some marrowfat peas, parsley and salt/pepper to season. Mum used to serve the meat as a second course with turnip and potatoes mashed together. Hearty meal for hardy folk. I like your page, Mary!

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