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Cock-A-Leekie

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

COCK-A-LEEKIE (J8x32) 3C (4C set) Elizabeth D Gilroy

1- 8 1s followed by 2s lead down to 3rd/2nd place while 3s dance up sides to 1st place. 3s+2s+1s dance ½ reflection reel of 3 on sides (1s out/up, 2s in down)
9-16 1s+2s dance ½ RH across, cross RH and turn partners RH
17-24 2s+1s+3s set, dance DoSiDo, set
25-32 2s+1s+3s circle 6H once round to Left

(MINICRIB. Dance crib compiled by Charles Upton, Deeside Caledonian Society, and his successors)


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Dance Information

Cock-a-leekie soup is a Scottish soup dish consisting of leeks and peppered chicken stock, often thickened with rice, or sometimes barley.

The original recipe added prunes during cooking, and traditionalists still garnish with a julienne of prunes.

While it is called "Scotland's National Soup", it probably originated as a chicken and onion soup in France. By the late 16th century, it had made its way to Scotland, where the onions were replaced with leeks.

The first recipe was printed in 1598, though the name "cock-a-leekie" did not come into use until the 18th century.

Cock-A-Leekie soup recipe
Cock-A-Leekie Recipe

Cock-A-Leekie Soup
Cock-A-Leekie Soup


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