Recipe: Cawl Cennin (Leek broth)

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A warm and wholesome broth on a cold winter’s day.


  • a piece of salt bacon
  • 450g (1lb) carrots, finely diced
  • 450g (1lb) potatoes, finely diced
  • 2 large leeks, sliced
  • white cabbage, finely shredded
  • 15 ml (tbsp) chopped parsley
  • 30 ml (2tbsp) oatmeal (optional)
  • Cooking Instructions:

    1. Put the bacon, carrots and potatoes into sufficient boiling water to cover them.
    2. Boil for one and a half hours, topping up with water as it boils down.
    3. Take out the bacon and add the leeks together with some finely shredded cabbage.
    4. When the two vegetables are cooked, add the chopped parsley and serve.
    5. Thicken the cawl by adding the oatmeal mixed into a paste with cold water.

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