Broth with herb oatcakes


  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion, coarsely chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 large leek, white part only, sliced
  • 2 carrots, thickly sliced
  • 400 g lean boneless rabbit, diced
  • 1.25 litres chicken stock, preferably homemade
  • 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon redcurrant jelly
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon or 1 teaspoon dried tarragon
  • ⅔ cup (125 g) mixed long–grain and wild rice
  • 1 cup (125 g) sliced green beans or frozen sliced green beans
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 2 cups (250 g) medium oatmeal
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon or 1 teaspoon dried tarragon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1½ tablespoons (30 g) butter, melted


  1. Heat the oil in a large heavy–based saucepan.
  2. Add the onion, celery, leek and carrots, and cook gently for 5 minutes or until the onion and leek begin to soften.
  3. Stir in the rabbit and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, for 2–3 minutes.
  4. Pour in the stock and vinegar, then stir in the redcurrant jelly and tarragon with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Bring to the boil.
  6. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
  7. Meanwhile, make the oatcakes.
  8. Preheat the oven to 160°C.
  9. Place the oatmeal in a bowl and stir in the tarragon, salt and baking powder.
  10. Add 4 tablespoons boiling water to the melted butter, then stir into the oatmeal to make a fairly stiff paste.
  11. Sprinkle a baking tray with flour.
  12. Gently roll the oatmeal dough into a ball and place it on the baking tray.
  13. Press or roll it out into a round measuring about 23 cm in diameter.
  14. The dough is very crumbly at this stage, so press any cracks together with your fingertips.
  15. (The oatcakes firm up during baking.
  16. ) Press the edge of the dough round to neaten it and cut into 8 wedges with a sharp knife.
  17. Bake for 30 minutes or until lightly browned.
  18. Carefully transfer the cooked oatcakes to a wire rack to cool.
  19. Stir the rice into the soup and continue simmering, covered, for a further 15 minutes or until the rice is tender.
  20. Add the green beans and bring back to simmering point, then cook, uncovered, for a final 5 minutes or until the beans are tender.
  21. Taste the soup and adjust the seasoning, if necessary.
  22. Ladle into warm bowls and serve at once, with the warm oatcakes.

Serves 4
Preparation: 40 minutes
Cooking: about 1 hour


Source: Soups & Casseroles
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