The Surprise in the Soup by Margaret McKay
An upset on Christmas Day is something to avoid.
Every year my husband persists in making Cock a Leekie soup to start off the festive meal.
Family members know what’s coming but visitors are unprepared. “Mmm” they say, “chicken and leek soup. We like that”. But cock a leekie deceives them.
Following the French tradition, a prune – or pruneau to give it the recipe title – sits at the bottom of each bowl, looking up, daring you to sup.
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