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Emmett McCourt – Alexis Soyer’s Famine Soup

NITB Signature Dish

Difficulty medium
Preparation Time
Cooking Time
Servings
Main Ingredients
  • Original Recipe 1847:
  • 12.5 lbs legs of beef
  • 100 gallons of water
  • 6.25 lbs of drippings
  • 100 onions and other vegetables
  • 25 lbs of flour (seconds)
  • 25 lbs of pearl barley
  • 1.5 lbs of brown sugar
  • 9 lbs of salt
  • Modern Interpretation:
  • 1kg Legs of Beef
  • 2 litres of Water or Beef Stock
  • 100g of Butter
  • 1 Onion, peeled and chopped
  • 200g of other vegetables: turnips, celery, leeks etc
  • 100g of Flour
  • 200g of Barley
  • 50g of Brown Sugar
  • Salt to Season

Main Instructions
  1. Melt the butter in a heavy based pan (famine pot)
  2. Sweat onions and other vegetables, add sugar and flour; cook until coloured
  3. Add pearl barley and stock
  4. Bring to the boil and simmer for 45 minutes to 1 hours, adjust the seasoning
  5. Serve from pot with oat cakes
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