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MOP6 - Eating

2011.03.07
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Continuing my Welsh posts of late I have captured a Welsh delight - Cawl

Cawl pronounced 'cowl', is Welsh for broth or soup. Like all traditional country soups the ingredients are governed by what is to hand or in season. It appears from early Welsh manuscripts that originally the main meat used was bacon, or even kid, for as with Irish Stew, no cottager would dream of using valuable lamb or mutton for soups. Nowdays, however, mutton or lamb best end of neck chops are most generally used, which make it inyo a delicious soup-stew.

"Cystal yfed o'r cawl â bwyta's cig" - It is as good to drink the broth as to eat the meat': from a collection of proverbs attributed to Cattwg Ddoeth (Cattwg the Wise).

Cawl should be started the day before so that any fat can be skimmed off and all the flavours amalgamate.
2-3 lb. Welsh lamb
1 large sliced onion
3 leeks
2 medium sliced carrots
1 medium parsnip
1 small swede turnip or 2 white turnips
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
6 small potatoes
salt and pepper
4 pints (8 cups) water
If in season cabbage, celery, etc., can all be used.

Trim the meat of fat so far as possible, cover with cold water, add salt and pepper, bring to the boil, and simmer slowly for 1 hour, then leave it to get cold and skim off all the fat. Put in all the vegetables except 1 leek, the potatoes and half the parsley, cover and simmer very slowly for 1 hour, then add the potatoes cut in half and continue cooking for 20 minutes. Then add the remainder of the parsley, taste for seasoning and finely chop the remaining leek (green and white part) on top. Let it cook for not more than 5 minutes and serve. Some families treat it as a French pot-au-feu - that is, they serve the clear broth first, then the meat and vegetables as a second course. Traditionally Cawl is eaten in wooden bowls with wooden spoons so that there was no fear of burning the mouth.
33 Comments
danrav Yummy Kate! Great shot as well!!
danrav · 2011-03-06: 15:54
MARETKA88 Oh thanks...straight to the fridge to find something to eat...;o))
MARETKA88 · 2011-03-06: 16:02
liveandletlive YUM! Looks great Kate! Can't wait to try it. I am doing all my cooking for this coming week today. I am making
Chicken n' Dumplings
Pasta Bolognese (only making the sauce today)
Pot Roast and
Gumbo
I have 2 of the 4 meals done. Only 2 more to go and of course, dinner for tonight.
liveandletlive · 2011-03-06: 16:28
lookwhatisaw You know, this does not look unlike something dear ol' Mom used to make back in Virginia. Love it! Colorful shots :-)
lookwhatisaw · 2011-03-06: 16:58
joycephotography Nice, I could eat that.
joycephotography · 2011-03-06: 17:04
????? Great for me...eating tasty food!
????? · 2011-03-06: 17:13
finbarr It looks so tasty !!!
finbarr · 2011-03-06: 17:26
revenant Looks delicious, but then I'm a pot-au-feu junkie.
revenant · 2011-03-06: 18:20
????? Beautiful photo and the recipe is good, even though I don't eat meat usually :)
????? · 2011-03-06: 19:03
Jarvo Very nice.
Jarvo · 2011-03-06: 20:31
ilikethat excellent post
I'm going to have to try it
ilikethat · 2011-03-06: 21:13
mystic1 Yummmmmm looks good
mystic1 · 2011-03-06: 22:29
michibee This is a mouth watering shot! :)
michibee · 2011-03-06: 23:51
Eiram What a great post for the MOP!
Can you believe that I never ever cooked lamb? I might try it:)
Eiram · 2011-03-07: 05:41
HoosierAtHeART Looks very warming!
HoosierAtHeART · 2011-03-07: 05:42
jet28 Looks delicious!
jet28 · 2011-03-07: 06:29
busybee36 That certainly looks like a hearty soup! Good post for the MOP, a shout-out for good traditional homemade food.
busybee36 · 2011-03-07: 07:54
MoMac nice.
MoMac · 2011-03-07: 09:11
smbunation Very tasty looking. Great stuff for the MOP.
smbunation · 2011-03-07: 10:23
karmankwarner Looks delicious....I am so adding to my cookbook with this Project!!
karmankwarner · 2011-03-07: 10:39
gonia it looks very nice and tasty!
gonia · 2011-03-07: 10:57
DancingDolphin This is a terrific post for the MOP... a little history, a recipe, the photo... well done!
DancingDolphin · 2011-03-07: 11:29
Saipanhohhot A really interesting posting. Reminds me, a little, of Irish stew with just some differences.
Saipanhohhot · 2011-03-07: 11:38
GKorts that sounds really delicious
GKorts · 2011-03-07: 12:03
SADHYA Really lovely post Kate. Thanks for the recipe and the details.
SADHYA · 2011-03-07: 13:21
onlyricky this looks yum :)
and it is lamb! yumy yumy!:)
onlyricky · 2011-03-07: 15:30
darfoster Looks good!
darfoster · 2011-03-07: 18:34
lookagain Yum! Photo and recipe both look delicious!! Would love to try it, but would probably have to settle for American...or Colorado lamb!
lookagain · 2011-03-07: 20:08
????? All around wonderful post -- thanks!
????? · 2011-03-08: 00:34
ArtBee Oh that looks so good.......Thanks for sharing your recipe!
ArtBee · 2011-03-08: 14:17
helys Great composition
clarity of details, colours:)
Looks so delicious !
helys · 2011-03-12: 03:57
Ryana This post is neat
and your shot is absolutely wonderful
and yummy!!
Ryana · 2011-03-12: 05:31
catdad What wonderful looking meal ! I love to cook , bought a electric "Pressure cooker/ Slow cooker/ Rice cooker" a few weeks ago, just started using it, vegetable soup- 55 minutes, love it
catdad · 2011-03-15: 01:07
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