If you’re looking for a warming treat on a cold rainy evening, this easy-to-make Smoky Winter Chowder by our friend and top chef, Gill Meller, is for you.

This super tasty and healthy warmer is packed full of flavour with succulent flakey chunks of British-caught Smoked Haddock and topped off wonderfully with some properly free-range soft-boiled eggs.

Serve with some fresh crusty bread, and enjoy!



  • Bring a small pan of water to the boil. Add the eggs and boil for 6 1⁄2 minutes so that the yolk will be soft, but not runny. Remove the pan from the heat, drain away the hot water and cover the eggs with cold water to stop them cooking further. Set aside.

    Melt the butter with the oil in a heavy-based pan over a medium heat. When it’s bubbling, add the bacon pieces. Fry them gently for 4 – 5 minutes or until they just start to crisp round the edges. Now add the leek, celeriac cubes and garlic. Fry gently for further 10–12 minutes, until the celeriac is beginning to soften and the leek and garlic are soft but not coloured. Pour in the stock and bring the soup up to a simmer.

    Simmer for 12 – 15 minutes or until the celeriac is nice and tender. Add the cream and bring the contents of the pan back up to a simmer. Then, add the fish and the chopped parsley and cook for a further 2–3 minutes more, until the fish is lightly cooked. Then, remove the pan from the heat, taste and adjust the seasoning, if necessary.

    Peel the eggs and halve them. Ladle the chowder into four bowls, making sure that everyone gets two egg halves. Season lightly and serve.

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