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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
Quote of the day……
“A great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.”
- Walter Gagehot