Scottish Cock-A-Leekie Soup



  1. Combine all ingredients above up to leeks.
  2. Bring to simmering over medium heat.
  3. Simmer, covered, for 30 to 35 minutes.
  4. Remove chicken, debone and chop it before returning meat to pot.
  5. Add leeks and thyme to pot and simmer, covered, for 10 minutes.
  6. Stir in barley.
  7. Simmer, covered, for 10 to 15 minutes.
  8. In a bowl combine dried plums, parsley, and bacon.
  9. Ladle soup into bowls and top with bacon mixture.