I very rarely eat meat so the obvious option of stews, boeuf bourguinon and such were off my menu. I was stumped for a few days until I saw mention of Cullen Skink on the Daily Spud's blog (if you haven't checked her out, you should:http://www.thedailyspud.com/edailyspud.com/). A few years ago, I had a version of this dish in a hotel in Belfast. A fried potato cake that bursts with fresh chives, hearty leek and potato soup and poached smoked haddock topped with a poached egg; I'd loved it and I'd always meant to try to recreate it at home. So, on the evening of Friday the 5th of November, that's exactly what I did.
While that was happening, I made a start on my potato cakes. I boiled 2 medium-sized potatoes per person in a saucepan of water.
- Melt the butter. Add the onion and garlic and stir until softened.
- Add the potatoes and leeks. Stir for five mins or so.
- Add the stock. Bring to the boil. Cover the pot and leave to simmer for 15 mins.
- Add the parsley. Blend coarsely (I use a hand-held blender but a food processor will do too). Season.