An Old Scots Stew Soup

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By F. Marian McNeill

Published 2015

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‘A spoonfu’ o’ stink will spoil a patfu’ o’ skink. (One ill weed will spoil a mess of pottage.)

—Old Scots Proverb.

(Meg Dods’s Recipe)


  • beef
  • mixed vegetables
  • water
  • pepper, and salt


Take a leg of beef, put it on with a gallon of water; let it boil for six hours, taking care to skim the soup well all the time, as the gravy should be very clear and bright; then strain the liquor from the meat, take the sinewy part of the meat and lay it aside till your soup is ready to serve up. Cut the sinews about an inch long. Have some vegetables cut, such as carrots, turnips, leeks, oni