Comox Valley Scottish Country Dancers


Joan's Cream of Yam Soup

2 Tbls butter 25ml
1 Tbls chopped fresh ginger 15ml
2 small leeks(dark green removed)
2 large yams (peeled & diced)
1 tsp gr cumin 5ml
1/4 tsp nutmeg 1ml
1 tsp gr coriander 5ml
pinch cayenne pepper
3 cups chicken stock 750 ml
1/4 cup whipping cream 50 ml
2 Tbls lime juice 25 ml
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Method: Melt butter in a medium pot on medium heat. Add ginger, leeks and yams. Saute until veg. slightly softened - about 2 mins. Sprinkle in the next four ingredients. Stir together. Pour in the chicken stock and bring to boil. Lower heat, cover and simmer for 15 mins. or until vegies are tender. Puree the soup until smooth. Return to the pot, add cream and bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer 5 mins. Season well with salt, pepper and lime juice.


Melt the butter in a heavy bottom stock pot. Add sliced veggies, ginger and pear. Cook until tender. Add oregano, cashews, wine and pumpkin, stirring well. Stir in stock and simmer until all is tender. Remove from pot in stages to blender and puree. Return to pot and stir in remaining ingredients. Do not boil at this point. This is even better leftover as flavours really blend. (courtesy Seeds Food Market, Cumberland)

I found I required more stock.


Heat half the oil in a large frying pan, add the meat and cook until well browned. Remove from pan and pour in the wine.

Heat the remaining oil in a large saucepan, add the onion and cover for about 3 min. Add green peppers, chili, garlic and carrot and cook covered for about 3 minutes.

Add coriander, cumin, cinnamon, oregano, bay leaf and orange rind. Stir in beef and wine. Bring almost to a boil, reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer gently for about 1 hour until meat is tender.

Stir in rice, raisins and chocolate and simmer for about 30 minutes until rice is tender.

Ruth Giles: Sweet Potato and Lentil Soup

(From Serves at least 6)
Quick, easy and as spicy or not as you wish.
  1. Peel and roughly chop onions and sweet potatoes
  2. Combine these veg with stock or water, lentils, garlic, and spices
  3. Cover and bring to boil. Simmer until potatoes and lentils cooked 20 - 30 mins.
  4. Purée the soup, adding coriander and lemon juice. Add salt and pepper to taste

Stephanie's Apricot Lentil Soup

Rinse lentils, bring to a boil in liquid. Reduce heat simmer covered 20min.
Add apricots simmer for another 15 min.
Meanwhile heat oil in large skillet, sauté onion and peppers, 5 min then add to lentils.
Add tomatoes, spices and salt. Cover, reduce heat and cook until lentils are tender, says 7 min.
Recipe actually calls for a green pepper as well (not my favourite) and ¼ tsp cayenne.

Joan's Cream of Yam Soup

Melt butter in medium pot on medium heat. Add ginger, leeks and yams. Saute until vegies are slightly softened, about 2 mins. Sprinkle in cumin, nutmeg, coriander and cayenne. Stir together. Pour in stock and bring to a boil. Lower heat, cover and simmer until yams are tender (about 20 mins). Puree the soup until smooth. Return to pot, add the cream, bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 5 mins. Season well with salt, pepper and lime juice.

Serves 4

Alison's Tattie Drottle

Saute the chopped leeks in butter, green parts first, till soft.
Add chicken stock, and thinly sliced potatoes , season to taste with salt & pepper and cook slowly for a couple of hours on the woodstove or whatever.
Once the potatoes have almost disintegrated mash (or blend ) the soup.
Before serving mix in the cream and wine, reheat if necessary, taking care not to boil the soup again (lest the cream separate and the wine evaporate).

Note: I have taken some liberties with the recipe from Ena Baxter’s cook book. Drottle is thin buttermilk, so cream makes a much richer soup, and the addition of French wine is a salute to the “entente cordiale”. The quantities given make a large pot (12-15 cups).

Heather's Beef Barley Soup

Spray a large soup pot with non stick spray. Add beef and brown on all sides over high heat. Work in batches if necessary.
Reduce heat to medium. Add celery, carrots, onions and garlic. Cook and stir for 5 more minutes. Add all remaining ingredients to pot except parsley. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low. Cover and simmer for 1 1/2 hours until beef is very tender. Stir in parsley and serve hot.
Makes 8 servings about 200 calories, 4.9 g fat

This recipe comes from a book called 'Crazy Plates' by Janet and Greta Podleski. Every recipe I have tried in it has been worth doing.

Alana's Salmon Asparagus Soup

(from Australian Women’s Weekly)

Drain salmon, remove skin and bones. Puree salmon in food processor or blender. Combine with undiluted soup and water in pan, mix well. Reserve 2 tablespoons of the cream for garnishing, add remaining cream to soup, heat without boiling. Season with salt and pepper. Pour soup into serving dishes, swirl 2 teaspoons of cream on top of each, sprinkle with chopped chives.

My version for the SCD social was based on this published recipe. Not sure what the variations were!

Alison's Scotch Broth



Derek's Beef Soup

Ingredients: Leeks, Onions, Carrots, Celery, Turnip, Yams,
Ground beef, Salt, Black pepper, Bovril, Beef Bouillon, Cumin

(None provided, but Derek said "Well, just put it all in until it tastes good!")

Joanne's Hamburger Soup

In a large pot, brown: Add: Stir together; simmer 2-3 hours.