Lovely! Will have to try it next time I’m back! My family loves Cullen Skink. Absolutely perfect for any cold weather, Rachel! Please let me know if you do make the Cullen Skink. Serve with crusty bread for a filling lunch or supper Melt the butter in a saucepan over a medium heat, then add the onion and fry for 5-8 mins until translucent but not browned. This rather odd name is said to come from the Gaelic word "Essence". I’d love to do a Cullen Skink tasting tour of Scotland, one day!! I may never bother to make my own smoked seafood chowder recipe again. I will now give cullin skink a try, although I would be compelled to start with a proper fish stock and to go light on the milk. I love any kind of smoked fish, so this is right up my alley! Thanks, Mary! A family favourite of ours and a tasty dish that is sure to appeal to just about everyone. But in this case, the main ingredient is smoked haddock. Skink-like lizards first appear in the fossil record about 140 million years ago, during the early Cretaceous, mostly in the form of jawbones that appear very skink-like. The traditional preparation is to A traditional Scottish soup made with smoked haddock and potatoes. Finnan has long association with the traditional Scottish fish soup, Cullen skink in which almost all old Scottish Recipe books cite Finnan Haddie as the smoked haddock to be used for Cullen skink. This looks delicious and I am a big fan of haddock – it’s inexpensive too! I don’t know if you noticed, but the one my aunt made in Scotland was cooked in water, then milk was added. - Cullen Skink The name of this rich, tasty soup comes from the fishing village of Cullen, in Morayshire. Meanings Celtic Baby Names Meaning: In Celtic Baby Names the meaning of the name Cullen is: Cub. I make smoked haddock pate and sliced smoked haddock and crackers as ball game fare during enter months. Also unpeeled potatoes give a bit of texture and body to the soup. Looks delicious!  The traditional preparation Skink definition, any of numerous lizards of the family Scincidae, common in many regions of the Old and New World, typically having flat, smooth, overlapping scales and comprising terrestrial, arboreal, and fossorial species. Good for you for seeking them out! Cullen skink is a thick, milky soup of smoked haddock and potato, originating from the town of Cullen in Morayshire, Scotland. Love it! Now I finally come to the point of this note – I still make it without a recipe,but use pretty much EXACTLY your recipe! We have a similar This looks SO comforting and especially good for this super cold weather! […] You’ll remember that I recently posted a wonderful smoked fish chowder recipe called, Cullen Skink. Cullen Skink Recipe â Traditional Scots Soup 2020-07-27 2020-07-21 â Posted in Food â 2 min read My attempt at the Scottish Cullen Skink recipe. Some say it comes from the German word for a weak beer, or else the Had the BEST Cullen Skink at Cowdor Tavern while staying just East of Inverness. It is called "Finnan haddie" making reference to its place of originâScottish fishing village Finnan or Findon. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Oh dear! I have only seen unfrozen haddock here in LA, once! I do hope it becomes more available in the US, David! Gordon Johnson in Scotland. For what ever reason, haddock is the favorite fish in this city and every fish fry in town serves haddock exclusively. I had the best I’ve ever had in Edinburgh on a Secret Food Tour at a lovely little place called Howie’s. This soup is a local speciality, from the town of Cullen in Moray, on the north-east coast of Scotland. We always had a wealth of fresh fish, some bought but mostly what we caught by rod and reel. Simmer haddock, potatoes, milk, onion and parsley to make this comforting soup. And, of course, my own Yorkshire heritage! âGraeme's Cullen skink had large pieces of haddock cluttering up the bowl like enormous fishy icebergs - and there was no sign of that old trick of letting potatoes hog the limelight - while the sauce was creamy without lacking taste.â Initially, Cullen Skink referred to a type of broth made with the scrapings of beef from the front legs of cattle. Glad you can find some where you are though! Excited to try this. […]. If only it was that simple. We have so many in the U.S. with so much variation in the textures and flavors. 1 High Street in Edinburgh last spring when I ordered their Cullen Skink. Thank you so much for bringing this childhood delight to the attention of America, nobody will be sorry once they have tried it! A homemade bowl of Cullen Skink. The result was always delicious. I wasn’t sure what Heavy Cream meant as I plan to make the recipe today. Wipe the pan clean with kitchen paper; In the same pan sauté the onion and leek in butter until soft, making sure you don’t colour them, then add potato, coating well in the buttery vegetables; Add the retained milk and simmer until the potato is cooked. Flake the fish into relatively large pieces. I bought Smoked Haddock from Delaware Chicken Farm & Seafood Market in Dania Beach where I’m wintering and made your Cullen Skink. Oh Lee! I didn’t know that! I worked hours a few years back to combine recipes to come up with my own, made with smoked bluefish. A thick fishy creamy soup with a haddock base. You have my curiosity piqued. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. This is a fabulous post, and lovely photos too! Cheers – looks absolutely wonderful! Most of the chowders I grew up with, including clam chowder were purely broth chowders, sans the milk or cream. When I was about six or seven, and starting to cook with her, she just put everything in, using onions or leeks from the garden according to what was available. Find out the meaning and the origin of the name, Cullen on SheKnows.com. Will add to the post! I love smoked fish of all types, but I’ve never had occasion to try smoked haddock. History lesson over! Thank you. It comes from the town of Cullen in Moray, North East Scotland. Believe me, it’s not just in California that it’s difficult to find top notch quality smoked haddock. That looks so good! It was smooth as velvet and just stunning. Growing up my Mom didn’t make these, so I have spent my adult like making up for lost time! Thank you! Check for seasoning and serve with good grinding of black pepper. Cullen Skink ticks all the boxes as a traditional Scots dish, being hearty and moreish, but using only simple ingredients that are available everywhere. A soup that is essentially smoked haddock, onions, potatoes and dairy can be found adulterated with leeks, stock, fennel, cumin, saffron, bay and bouquet garni, while the dairy can range from milk to double cream. Even the local fishmonger/shop only sells them frozen. But then we don’t have Stonington Seafood here in Paris. I like the texture of the pieces of Yukon gold in the Cullen skink, however the Russets blend nicely into the soup. Christina, firstly I loved that you tried these different versions and they were all delicious but most of all, I can’t agree more that the quality of the haddock is important. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Oh how lucky you are, Matt! […] Older PostPersimmon Apple Crumble with Rum SauceNewer PostCullen Skink, Just a Strange Scottish Name for Smoked Haddock Chowder […]. It turns out I like just about any fish soup, stew or chowder. Origin: UK Produced: UK Made to a traditional Scottish recipe, our Smoked Haddock Chowder, often known as Cullen Skink here in Aberdeenshire, is rich and packed with beautiful smoked haddock flakes and flavours. Thanks Sumayya, is such a warming Scottish flavour. Hope you can let me know. Finding the origin of the name cullen skink proved more of a challenge than finding the soup. However, the cooks of Cullen had nowhere to find beef scraps â¦ Cullen skink actually began in Russia and was made with potatoes, onions and beef. Wonderful! In a sauté pan over a low to medium heat poach the haddock in the milk with the bay leaf for 3-4 minutes until cooked. 500ml whole milk1 undyed smoked haddock fillet1 small leek (white only) chopped1 small onion choppedBay leaf1 small potato chopped 1cm diceKnob butter. I’ve been dying to make it since I went to food heaven at No. Thank you for the recipe and the background for this dish. Tonight I made your Cullen Skink. For a full Scottish feast you could start with Cullen Skink, a smoked haddock based soup and finish with cranachan, the wonderful combination of raspberries, […], […] utterly smooth soup, with double cream and tiny pieces of potato. Haddock is usually available in most of the local grocery stores and fish markets. Yes very much a staple for me , […] ale or even a warming glass of Malbec or Rioja. I was in Smoked Chowder Nirvana tonight. Hi Victoria, I think I would have to make a batch using waxy potatoes like Yukon Gold, and another using Russets and taste test them side by side to know which I prefer. Planning a Scotland road trip? Chances are youâve heard of Cullen Skink, but had no idea what it was. Oooh, I just looked them up and there are 4 locations! Very like our Scottish cullen skink, but without the distinctive gently-smoked flavour. This is my kind of soup! Skink genera known from fossils include the following: See Its base is a creamy mix of dairy, potatoes and leek. It was still tasty! As you might expect, this created the opportunity for smoking fish at home and making many types of fish chowder. I don’t think you can go wrong with either one. Later in life, I wound up raising a family in Syracuse, New York. Baxters Luxury Cullen Skink Cream of Smoked Haddock Soup, 400g 2 offers from £7.79 Baxters Luxury Cullen Skink Soup 400g - Pack of 2 £18.98 Only 2 left in stock. Finally, the piquant Enjoy! Add back the remaining vegetables and haddock to warm through. CC. chowder, Cullen Skink, Finnan Haddies, Fish, fish chowder, Scotland, Scottish, seafood, smoked haddies, smoked haddock, Stonington Seafood. Ingredients: A Christina – I hope the finnan haddie will soon be available in Arizona! The little Moray town of Cullen on the north-east coast of Scotland will always be synonymous with a soup that is as warming and life-giving as the seas that the men from that town fished were cold and deadly. Served at the start of a celebratory feast or as a meal in itself on a cold winters night it brings warmth to the heart. Hi Kristin, it’s just whipping cream. Cafe St Honore, I […]. Cullen Skink may sound like an animal, but itâs actually an incredibly flavorful, chowder-type soup originating in Scotland. Which variety of potatoes are you using? Yes, I hope you do try smoked haddock-it truly is my very favorite type of fish! Hope that helps? I know from family experience that there can be many variations on a theme. Learn how your comment data is processed. I haven’t made this for a while and fell a Cullen Skink in my near future. By the way, smoking your own haddie is quite easy, if you have the time. Simply perfect with liberally buttered bread of any kind! Simplest is Best: French Ham and Butter Baguette Sandwich (Jambon Beurre), Semlor: Traditional Swedish Fat Tuesday Buns (Semla). An authentic cullen skink will use finnan haddie, but it may be prepared with any other undyed smoked haddock. I’m really loved this soup during my recent holiday in Scotland… Unfortunately is impossible to find smocked haddock in Italy , That’s such a shame. Looks so delicious. :) CC, Your email address will not be published. Honestly, it’s so delicious no matter which potatoes you use. Cullen skink is literally soup or essence from Cullen. Possibly you could use smoked salt to get a kind of smokey flavour but won’t give you the depth of sweetness that smoking brings out in the fish unfortunately, LOVE cullen skink and often make it! Making this week! I suspect that many a ‘traditional’ recipe has an origin in ‘what I had in the cupboard’. How would it compare to smoked whitefish, for example? Let me know what you think of it once you try it! Sounds wonderful! I would love to try your recipe- especially as you have done so much work to perfect it! Perfect ingredient for fish pie, risotto, Cullen Skink, kedgeree or curry. In France – even if it’s still great – I’m conscious that it’s dyed, which is not really the best to use like you did. I couldn’t say, Frank as I’ve never tasted smoked whitefish! Wonder if we can convince them ;-) to branch out? Tradition holds many tales of this soup, that it was made with the smoked smaller catch from the fleet and local potatoes to be eaten aboard the trawlers. Cullen Skink is a rich Scottish soup made from, you guessed it, smoked haddock. You made my day!!! I cannot claim this recipe as my own, I don’t think anyone can claim a Cullen skink recipe as their domain but this is the way that I like to cook it. You can just pop over to Scotland for your much needed ingredients, right, Jill?! […], […] based my recipe on Cullen Skink, decided to add leeks (similar to Cullen Skink) for an added bit of flavor and it’s truly […], […] Cullen Skink, Just a Strange Scottish Name for Smoked Haddock Chowder […]. Karen, Thank you. :), […] Read more about Cullen Skink HERE. Oh, Christina. – now to look for peat smoked in London…. [minimum weight 240g] (although every care has been taken to remove bones from fish, some may remain) Remove the haddock and keep the milk, discarding the bay. Given that the main ingredient of Cullen Skink, Finnan haddie (a haddock that is smoked using green wood and peat) is found all along the North East coast of Scotland it seems likely that this soup was probably being cooked long before it was called Cullen Skink. These days recipes vary with almost every single person that makes it, whether from a method handed down through the generations or gleaned from a cookbook. Cullen skink is literally soup or essence from Cullen. Finnan has a long association with the traditional Scottish fish soup, Cullen skink and most old Scottish recipe books cite Finnan haddie as the smoked haddock to be used for this dish. I like to use milk only as the poached fish gives it a wonderful flavour and no stock is required. Beautiful photography and a great recipe! That’s terrific to hear from a Cullen Skink pro!! Thank you so much!! The dish is of Scottish origin and there are several variants. Iâve got some thoughts about this one, and overall, I think itâs worth a read if you followed the series so far, and a good story even if you havenât. With sweeping roads, dramatic landscapes & a rich heritage, Scotland is made for road trips - weâve got six of the best for you. My mouth waters thinking about it. Required fields are marked *. 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Cullen skink was traditionally served with "breed" (bread), the old Scottish term for oatcakes and garnished with "sithes" or "sibies" (chives) Skirlie It can be used as the basis for white puddings, but is best served as a side-dish or used as a stuffing for chicken or other fowl. I have yet to find a â¦ When she isn't in the kitchen, she loves to travel, near and far, as long as good food is involved. One cookbook declared that skink meant stew and that cullen was a species of fish - â¦ Origin â The latest in Dan Brownâs Langdon series. And it was so easy to make! Christina is on a mission to save authentic Italian dishes from extinction, and is constantly promoting Scottish (and British) food as some of the best cuisine the world has to offer—one steak pie and sticky toffee pudding at a time. Burns Night on 25 January is Scotlandâs national celebration of the countryâs most famous poet, Robert Burns. Now I’m hurrying off to Stonington Seafood to place an order! Very like our Scottish cullen skink, but without the distinctive gently-smoked flavour. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. ** Just as Cullen Skink comes from the substantial coastal village of Cullen in Moray, the Finnan Haddie originates from the tiny Kincardineshire village of Findon (next to the much larger community of Portlethen). "Skink" is a soup made originally from a shin of beef. Smokies can be eaten plain, preferably fresh from the pit, but theyâre also delicious in a traditional Scottish cullen skink soup, or made into a paté. Thanks for the great Scottish recipe! To me, it didnât even sound edible, and possibly more like an elusive animal! You're awesome for doing it! Traditionally, Cullen Skink is served with a good bread, but it can be eaten just as it is; at the March event we ate ours with curry! Great recipe. Thereâs much debate about the origin of the word â skink â, with the most likely source being a Middle Dutch word for shin of beef which somehow evolved in meaning to include a fish soup. That’s the worst about moving somewhere that doesn’t have the food/ingredients that you loved!! I use leeks for a sweetness and the haddock is always peat smoked as it gives a more genuine flavour and such a wonderful smell when cooking. "Cullen Skink" is the name of a famous Scottish soup made of haddock, potatoes, and onions. The smaller the better for potato dice as cooks easier; Remove half the vegetables and mash the milky vegetable mix with a potato masher or fork. I hope you enjoy it and find exactly what you’re looking for x, Making it today 23/3/2013.. We bring you the story behind the supper. ), Orange Cranberry Cake (Bundt, Round or Loaf Pan), Brandy Sauce (for Christmas Pudding and Other Sweets), 1 lb smoked haddock (Stonington Seafood for great quality haddies), 1 oz (1/4 stick) good quality butter, like Kerrygold, 8 oz (1 1/2 cups) diced onion or sliced leeks, chopped fresh parsley and a dash of heavy whipping cream, to serve. Your recipe is incredibly similar to what I grew up with – and my forbears were Irish/Lancashire/Cockney/Spanish. Thank you, Gordon! Cafe St Honore, I […], […] utterly smooth soup, with double cream and tiny pieces of potato. Wow! Cullen is a fishing town on the North Eastern coast of Scotland, well-known for its amazing haddock. 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