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Recipe for Scouse
'Scouse' or to give it its real name 'Lobscouse' is a type of food eaten by Liverpudlians while living in poverty prior to the 1900's. As you can see below, the food is a type of stew, which as a recipe has been a hot topic of debate over the years.

Arguments over which meat or vegetables should rightfully grace the stew are common in the Merseyside region and will probably always will be. But the truth is, the stew was made with whatever meat and vegetables were available at the time of making. Hence, its popularity in poverty stricken times.


1lb of Lamb or Beef
2 OXO Cubes
1lb Mince
An Onion
A Cabbage
5lb of Potatoes
1lb Carrots
1lb Tomatoes



Dice the meat into 1 inch pieces, place in a large pan, cover with water and bring to the boil

Drain water, rinse meat under running tap, replace into large pan, cover with water again and bring to the boil

Finely chop the onion and stir into the pan with the meat and mince

Shred and dice the cabbage, throw into the pot

Peal the spuds and dice about half of them, throw into the pot

Dice the carrots and other vegies and put them into the pot with the OXO cubes, give a good stir and cover the lot with water

Bring to the boil and turn down heat to simmer, cover with a pan lid and leave to simmer for about 5 hours, stirring the lot every now and then

Dice the remainder of the potatoes, put into pot and leave to simmer for another 2 hours

Can be served with Red Cabbage, Beetroot and Brown Sauce


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