Cock-a-Leekie Soup – A Narnia Recipe

 

Narnian cock-a-leekie soup

The meal — which I suppose we must call dinner, though it was nearer tea time — was cock-a-leekie soup, and hot roast turkey, and a steamed pudding, and roast chestnuts, and as much fruit as you could eat.

-The Silver Chair

In The Silver Chair, the children, along with Puddleglum the Marshwiggle, become hopelessly lost in their quest to find the prince. They are tired and freezing cold when they find the House of Harfang, which they soon discover is a royal court filled with giants. The giant king and queen take them in and give them warm clothes and a hot meal, including cock-a-leekie soup.

Pole, Scrubb, and Puddleglum are super creeped out by these giants, even though they are being nice, and it turns out they have good reason to be creeped out, as the giants are not as nice as they seem! Still, the soup seemed hearty and comforting, so I wanted to recreate it.

Outside of the Narnia books, I had never heard of cock-a-leekie soup before, and I actually had no idea what it even was. So, I did some research and found out that cock-a-leekie soup is a traditional Scottish dish made of chicken and leeks (hence the name). Before making this soup, I had never purchased or cooked leeks before in my life. I don’t even think I had ever eaten leeks before, though it’s possible I have and just didn’t realize it or don’t remember. Either way, this was a new and interesting experience for me!

Cock-a-leekie soup is traditionally thickened with rice or barley. I love barley in soup, but I couldn’t find any barley in the store I normally shop at. I had rice at home, but I have a strong aversion to rice in soup (the reasons for which I will not get into on this blog!). In my research, I did find one source that stated potatoes could be used in place of barley or rice, so I went with that.

Traditionally, cock-a-leekie soup also contains prunes, but my sources say that it is acceptable to leave them out, and I went with that because prunes are gross 😉 .

This soup was rather unique and very enjoyable. I look forward to making it again when I can get my hands on some barley.

Cock-a-Leekie Soup - A Narnia Recipe

Cock-A-Leekie Soup – A Narnia Recipe

Ingredients

  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and diced
  • 1 celery stalk, diced
  • 1 large potato, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 3 bone-in chicken thighs (or 4 bone-in chicken drumsticks)
  • 1 leek, sliced (see bottom of page for more info)
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 1 tsp. dried parsley

Directions

  1. Place the chicken stock, carrot, celery, potato, onion, and chicken in a large pot, cover the pot, and cook on medium-high heat for 30 minutes.
  2. Remove the chicken from the pot, remove the meat from the bones, and place the chicken meat back into the pot. Discard the bones.
  3. Add the leeks, salt, pepper, and parsley to the pot.
  4. Cook for 30 more minutes on medium heat.

For anyone like me who has never cooked with leeks before, here’s how to slice a leek: Cut the bottom root off the leek (about 1/2 inch off the white bottom). Cut about half of the green part of the leek off the top. Discard the roots and the tops of the leaves. Wash the leek well, as it may have dirt in the little crevices. Slice the remaining parts of the leek, white parts and green parts. The white part of the leek resembles an onion both in taste and appearance.

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Baked Apples – The Chronicles of Narnia

baked apples narnia recipe

Who else just adores Reepicheep?!

Okay let’s just get this out of the way. The apples I used for this recipe turned out really ugly looking for pictures…haha! Someday I will choose cuter apples and update this post with better photographs, but I didn’t want to keep this recipe from you in the meantime because, ugly or not, these baked apples tasted (and smelled) amazing!

Baked apples appear in The Chronicles of Narnia a couple times. Once in Prince Caspian when the Pevensie children find themselves in Narnia with no supplies. They find an apple orchard, and so for a few days, all they have to eat are apples. To give some variety, they try roasting the apples on sticks. In the Silver Chair, the dwarfs serve an elaborate breakfast including baked apples, which probably tasted better than the ones the Pevensies roasted on sticks.

The official Narnia cookbook has a recipe for baked apples, but the apples in this recipe are stuffed with raisins, and I hate cooked raisins! So I searched online for a baked apple recipe without raisins and found this great recipe that uses oats. I know they have oats in Narnia, because several times we see the characters eating oat cakes and oat porridge. So this could still be a totally authentic Narnian recipe.

Baked Apples – The Chronicles of Narnia

Ingredients

  • 4 apples (the sweeter, the better!)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 Tbsp. butter, divided
  • 3/4 cup water

Directions

  1. Cut out the core of the apples, leaving the bottom of the apple in tact. This works best with an apple corer or a melon baller, but I just used a regular spoon and it worked fine.
  2. Mix together the brown sugar, oats, cinnamon and nutmeg in a small bowl.
  3. Stuff the apples with the sugar/oat mixture
  4. Place the stuffed apples in a deep baking dish, and place 1/4 Tbsp. of butter on top of each one.
  5. Pour the water into the bottom of the dish. This should caramelize with the melted brown sugar to make a sauce.
  6. Cover the apples with foil and bake them for 20 minutes at 375 degrees F.
  7. Remove the foil, and cook the apples for 30 minutes more.

These baked apples taste great on their own, but they’re also perfect for pairing with ice cream or whipped cream. They make the house smell like Thanksgiving!

 

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Centaur Breakfast Menu – The Chronicles of Narnia

“A centaur has a man-stomach and a horse-stomach. And of course both want breakfast. So first of all he has porridge and pavenders and kidneys and bacon and omelette and cold ham and toast and marmalade and coffee and beer. And after that he attends to the horse part of himself by grazing for an hour or so and finishing up with a hot mash, some oats, and a bag of sugar.”

-The Silver Chair-

I adore this quote from The Silver Chair. It’s just so whimsical and fun, I knew I had to try to recreate a typical centaur breakfast for myself. Since I only have a human stomach, I took just a few elements from the horse breakfast and incorporated them into the human-style breakfast.

Graze happily with this centaur breakfast menu from Narnia

Centaur Breakfast Menu – The Chronicles of Narnia

Oat Porridge with Sugar

The reference in The Silver Chair does not mention what type of porridge the centaurs eat, so I thought I’d make it an oat porridge with sugar mixed in to incorporate some of the horse food items that the centaurs eat at the end of their breakfast.

Pavender Fish

Pavender fish can only be found in Narnia, but you can substitute any kind of fish that you like. Pavenders are rainbow colored, so perhaps trout is the best substitution from our world. Since I do not like fish, I left this part out of my centaur breakfast entirely.

Kidneys

Okay, gross. Sorry, centaurs. If you want to be thoroughly authentic, cook up some kidneys. I decided against it, however. 😉

Bacon

Always a good idea.

Omelette

Again, this reference doesn’t specify the type of omelette the centaurs eat. I created a spinach and parmesan omelette, but I think an herb omelette would work well, too, if you happen to have fresh herbs around.

Cold Ham

I left out the cold ham when I recreated this breakfast, since I think bacon and ham in the same meal is a bit overkill. But feel free to add it to your own menu.

Toast and Marmalade

This one was simple and yummy. I used orange marmalade.

Beer and Coffee

I don’t drink either of these things, so I enjoyed this breakfast with some milk and juice.

While there’s nothing too fancy about this centaur breakfast, it is hearty and filling. Plus, I love the thought that I am eating like a centaur. It makes me feel all magical and noble. 😉

 

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