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Hodge Podge

Hodge Podge

The name of this dish is believed to be a corruption of the words “Hotpot” and “Scotch Broth” both of which dishes it resembles.

Recipe from Wightwick Manor, Wolverhampton (a National Trust property).



  • 8oz stewing lamb
  • 2 pts water
  • 1/4 pint beer
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 onion
  • 1 turnip
  • 2 stalks of celery
  • salt & pepper


  • Chop the meat into small pieces and place in the pan with the beer and water and bring to the boil. Skim, then simmer for about 45 minutes.
  • Chop all the vegetables neatly and add to the pan, and stew for about 30 minutes until the meat and vegetables are tender.
  • Pearl barley or rice can be added for the last 15 minutes of cooking time, or small dumplings or potatoes also served to make a substantial meal.