MoFo #4: Cookbook Challenge Week 3 – Colleen Patrick-Goudreau

4 Oct

It’s raining, it’s pouring….!  Today we had the first rain of the season and it was overcast and coooold! So what better to have for dinner than a hearty stew?

I found inspiration in The Vegan Table‘s recipe for Scotch Broth.  Traditionally, Scotch broth has lamb, mutton, or beef, but Colleen’s recipe calls for lentils and split peas as the protein sources.  The split peas add a smoky rich flavor that I suspect the meat usually provides.  The boyfriend is a dumpling fanatic, so he made some dumpling dough from All Recipes and we cooked them in the stew over the last 15 minutes.  I’m sooo excited to get a chance to use my shiny new Cuisinart enameled pot, which I found at TJ Maxx for half price.  Whoo!


I made a few modifications to the recipe so I feel comfortable transcribing it (with my mods) below.

Scotch Broth (Hearty Scottish Stew)
-3/4 cup pearl barley
-3/4 cup green split peas
-3/4 cup red lentils
-1 large leek, chopped
-1 onion, chopped
-3 russet potatoes, diced
-3 carrots, grated
-2 tsp minced garlic
– 8 cups veggie broth (I used home-made frozen bouillon cubes and some powdered veg chicken broth powder)
-1 T dried parsley
-1T whole black peppercorns
-2 tsp Marmite
-1 cup TVP chunks

Soak barley, split peas, and lentils for 1 hr (I did only 20 min) in a bowl with enough water to cover.  Meanwhile, saute the leek, onion, and carrots in a soup pot with a little olive oil.  Add the potatoes and garlic, saute a few minutes, then add broth and the bean/barley mix (that has been drained and rinsed).  Add spices and TVP and simmer until everything is tender (about 45 min, less time if you soaked the grains longer).  When things are almost done, drop spoonfuls of dumpling batter (recipe below) to the stew, cover, and simmer 15 min.

-1 cup A.P. flour
-2 tsp baking powder
-1 tsp sugar
-1/2 tsp salt
-1 T margarine
-1/2 cup milk

Mix dry ingredients and cut in margarine.  Stir in milk to make a soft dough.  Follow directions above.


Hot, hearty, and filling.  Yum!  I was surprised I didn’t even have to add a lot of spices to make this tasty.  The lentils and veggie stock added so much flavor!  The TVP reminded me of chicken chunks in stews or curry and soaked up all the flavor from the broth.  Perfect!  I can’t wait to have this for lunch (and dinner) tomorrow!



8 Responses to “MoFo #4: Cookbook Challenge Week 3 – Colleen Patrick-Goudreau”

  1. Carrie October 4, 2011 at 6:10 am #

    I’ve had that recipe bookmarked for ages but I haven’t tried it yet – I definitely need to make it one of these days! Looks like it’s going to be rainy and cold for awhile, boo.

  2. Jeni Treehugger October 4, 2011 at 6:14 am #

    This recipe just got bookmarked!

  3. Erin October 4, 2011 at 6:58 am #

    I have that book but I’ve never tried that recipe. I think it’s about time to give it a go- with dumplings, of course.

  4. Mandee October 4, 2011 at 11:37 pm #

    I made my week 3 recipes last night too, I like what you chose! And I love looking forward to leftovers when I make a really good meal for dinner 🙂

  5. Savannah October 23, 2011 at 11:37 pm #

    This looks really delicious. I’m going to have to put that book on my Christmas list!

    • freakoftheweek October 24, 2011 at 12:27 am #

      I debated buying this book for a long time but I’m glad I finally broke down and got it! It has some really great recipes.

  6. Jeni September 25, 2016 at 8:00 pm #

    You do realizethis isn’t a vagan recipe, right? Isn’t this a vegan website? I am confused. On another note, I adapted the recipe to be vegan and it was really yummy.


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