Thursday, November 21, 2019

Skink Soup
{ not the lizard!}

Somewhere I managed to pick up a head cold.  Yikes!  It's almost Thanksgiving and we have plans to travel so I need to heal and NOT be contagious pronto.  I am combating this with the best method I  know.  Stay warm, get rest and eat soup.

This lovely book called The Complete Irish Pub cookbook has many good recipes as well as photos of the Irish countryside.  It's fun just to look through and will make you wish for a trip to the Emerald Isles.


 The photo in the book looks better than mine but it's taste that counts!


 It's a quick soup to make if you have some chicken already cooked. We happened to have leftover rotisserie so I shredded two thighs for the soup. 


Skink Soup

"Skink" is an old Irish Scots term meaning broth. This version, sometimes called Irish Chicken Soup, is made with diced chicken and colorful vegetables.

2 celery stalks, diced
4 small carrots, thinly sliced
1 small leek, halved lengthwise and sliced
3 cups chicken broth
1 bay leaf
1 cup cooked chicken
1/2 cup peas
4 small scallions, sliced
1 egg yolk
1/3 cup cream (I used 2% milk)
salt and pepper

Put celery, carrots and leeks in saucepan with stock, bay leaf and salt and pepper.  Cover and bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes until veggies are tender.

Add chicken, peas and scallions.  Simmer about 8 minutes.
Remove pan from heat.  Lightly beat the egg yolk and cream together, stir into soup.

I can recommend this as a healthy, hearty soup for those who need a warm meal.  Serve with warm bread and that's a nice meal.

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  1. I too am fighting the hint of a cold . . . hoping to hold it at bay. This soup looks like the cure! And I love the idea of this cookbook. I hope my library has a copy (I like to look before I buy).

  2. I hope your cold gets better before it's time to travel! We are flying to NY for a couple of weeks on Sunday, then we'll drive our other car back to Florida. This will be the first time we haven't hosted Thanksgiving in 20 years... seems so strange.

    I just found a comment from you that is a couple of weeks of weeks old. For whatever reason, Blogger failed to notify me that it was pending. I'm so sorry it took me this long to approve it :(

  3. Looks like a very good medicine for a cold -- IRISH chicken soup! All grandmothers know what's best.

    Be well !! ... mae at

  4. I thought I was coming down with a cold last night, so I started taking Zicam . I had the same feelings of traveling for Thanksgiving to family and not wanting to be contageous. I never heard the word skink before for the Irish soup. very interesting..Feel Better and Happy Thanksgiving

  5. I hope this soup does the trick Tina. Being Scotch Irish myself, and frugal, I usually have stock on hand, and as there is left over roasted chicken as well, the next soup should be this one!

  6. We're definitely getting into soup season, I'll have to try this one... Feel better!

  7. I am going to have to find this book!

    Nope, not available at library so I just bought one!

  8. I also recommend a hot toddy, hot water, brandy or whiskey, 2 dissolving aspirin plus lemon juice and honey - probably wont cure you but you won’t care. Cheeers

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  10. This soup sounds perfect for a fall day. We've had this cookbook in the store, next time I see it I will pick it up.

  11. I was a bit unsure of this one until I saw the title but once I saw the actual definition I was hooked. This looks perfect for when you've got a cold or for a cold dreary day.

  12. Four people at my office are sick and I have a feeling with my weenie immune system that I'll be next. Your soup looks like just the anecdote. Hope you are feeling better. Thanks for sharing with Souper Sundays this week.

  13. That looks yummy and a comfort when you have a cold. The word "skink" makes me think of a lizard, too.

    I hope you're feeling better!

  14. Update on last week comment:
    I bought my own copy of the pub cookbook!

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