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Cullen skink has its roots in Cullen, a small town on the Moray Firth coast of Scotland and is traditionally made using Finnan haddock on the bone but a boneless smoked haddock or other smoked white fish can be used. However, DO AVOID any fish that has been chemically smoked and then dyed a lurid yellow colour.
- Put the potatoes and onion in a large pot with the water and cook until the potatoes are almost soft.
- Place the Finnan haddock on top of the potatoes and onions and cook, covered, for a further 5 minutes until the fish is just cooked.
- Remove the fish, skin, bone and flake the flesh.
- Partially mash the potatoes and onions in the cooking liquor (some prefer a"lumpy" soup, while others like a smoother base).
- Return the flaked fish to the pot, mix thoroughly and add enough milk to create the desired consistency, either a thickish stew-soup or a thinner soup.
- Season the Cullen Skink to taste and serve with hearty bread.