Cullen skink is a Scottish smoked haddock soup, thickened to a greater or lesser extent with potatoes (and cream) according to taste. Skink is a Scots word for ‘broth’—originally specifically broth made from shin of beef. It probably comes from Middle Low German schinke, ‘thigh, ham’, source of modern German schinken, ‘ham’ and related to English shank (which meant ‘shin-bone’ in Anglo-Saxon times), and therefore etymologically denotes ‘soup made from shin-bones’. Cullen is a small fishing port on the southern shore of the Moray Firth, and so not surprisingly makes its skink from fish rather than meat.
Subjects: Cookery, Food, and Drink.