Cock-a-leekie Soup-Guest Post from Vibrant Life Army Wife

I am psyched that my lovely friend Kiersten of Vibrant Life Army Wife is here to share her delicious Outlander inspired recipe and our mutual love for Jamie Fraser.  Kiersten and I met while both living in Texas.  We bonded over our love of food, 90s music dance parties at the office, teen drama series, delicious food adventures in Austin and this amazing book called Outlander. Her food is ahhh-mazing, like blow your mind amazing!  She is a creative genius in the kitchen and one of my best foodie friends! Lucky for me, she is in Southern California while her husband is deployed, so we have gotten lots more time to spend together cooking and eating.  Lucky for you, she is here to share her Cock-a-leekie Soup. Enjoy!

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I’m super excited my good friend Natalie asked me to share a recipe with her readers! Natalie and I met a few years ago at the university we worked for, but we became close once we bonded over our love of delicious, real food. Our friendship has since evolved beyond a shared love of food, to a shared passion for Nutritional Therapy (we both went through the NTP program at the same time), and most importantly, a shared love for the best book ever, Outlander, and this book’s leading man!

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This man is the perfect man. A man who can be so sweet and sentimental, but also incredibly strong and manly at the same time. A man who says all the right things at the right time. A man who protects his loved ones no matter the cost. A man who looks SO. DAMN. GOOD. with his shirt off. This man is James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser, aka Jamie Fraser, aka the most beautiful and perfect man in the whole wide world.

If you have no idea what I’m talking about, you’ve clearly never read the book series Outlander, or watched the TV series on Starz, and you should probably go do one or the other or both like right now. Seriously, stop reading this and go to Amazon or your favorite bookstore and buy the book. You can come back to this delicious Outlander inspired Cock-a-Leekie Soup recipe once you’re all caught up. Well, you don’t have to be caught up entirely. Just read books one and two and then watch the show. Then come back here and we can talk all about how sexy Jamie is and how you want to marry him and have his babies. And eat some soup.

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So what does this soup have to do with Outlander? Well without giving too much away, Claire and Jamie return to Jamie’s home in Scotland where they have planted potatoes for the first time, and are now harvesting them. Not being familiar with potatoes, one of the tenants asks, “Ye eat them, ye say? I dinna see how ye’d ever grind them in a quern for bread or parritch.” To which Claire responds that you can boil them or mash them or fry them or chop them up and put them in soup. So that’s what they do… “with ten pails of milk from the dairy shed, three chickens caught from the coop, and four dozen large leeks from the kailyard, [Claire] presided over the preparation of cock-a-leekie soup and roasted potatoes for the laird and tenants of Lallybroch.”

Since I’m not a laird (or a lady, I suppose would be more accurate) and don’t have tons of tenants to feed, I didn’t feel the need to make ten pails of milk, three chickens, and four dozen leeks worth of soup. Instead, I made a normal modern day family-sized portion of soup with 1 1/2 cups of milk (or coconut milk for my dairy free friends), 1 chicken, and 1 bunch of leeks. This soup is simple, easy to make, satisfying, and utterly delicious, no matter if you’re from 1744 or 2016.

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So grab the ingredients, cook up a pot of soup, fill your bowl and then sit down and enjoy while you binge watch season one (parts one and two of course) and then get started on season two, which ends in just a couple weeks.

Cock-a-leekie Soup
 
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Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 3 Tbs grass fed butter or ghee
  • 1.5 pounds leeks
  • 1.5 pounds potatoes (I used a blend of red purple and yellow baby potatoes)
  • 24 oz (3 cups) chicken bone broth
  • 1 whole rotisserie chicken, meat removed from carcass and shredded
  • 1 can coconut milk (or ½ cup cream plus 1 cup whole milk)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Melt butter in a large soup pot over medium heat.
  2. Add leeks and a pinch of salt and sauté until translucent.
  3. Add potatoes, chicken broth, and additional pinch of salt. Bring liquid to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. Cook until potatoes are fork tender, about 8 minutes.
  4. When potatoes are cooked, add shredded chicken and coconut milk (or whole milk and cream) and cook additional 5 minutes until heated through.
  5. Add additional salt and pepper to taste.

Have you been introduced to the wonderful world of Outlander and the sheer perfection that is Jamie Fraser? If so, can we be best friends so we can talk about it all the time? K, great!

In vibrant health,

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Kiersten is a 20 something self-proclaimed nutrition nerd with a love of real food, homemade beauty care, and natural healing. She is an army wife currently living in Southern California with her two fur babies while her husband is deployed. After years of digestive distress, thyroid issues, anxiety, and constant fatigue, Kiersten discovered real food and developed an intense passion to heal her body with real, nutrient dense food. She recently opened up her practice as a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner with the goal of helping others find true healing and vibrant health through real food. When she’s not spending time with her family, Kiersten shares delicious recipes and tips for how to live this real food lifestyle on her blog Vibrant Life Army Wife. Connect with Kiersten on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.

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