Maconochie

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For other uses, see Alexander Maconochie.
Maconochie
Type Stew
Place of origin Scotland
Created by Maconochie Company
Main ingredients Turnips, carrots, potatoes
Cookbook: Maconochie  Media: Maconochie

Maconochie was a stew of sliced turnips, carrots and potatoes in a thin soup, named for the Aberdeen Maconochie Company that produced it. It was a widely used food ration for British soldiers in the field during the Boer War[1] and in front-line trenches during World War I. There was also a French version called Maconóochie.

Though the stew was tolerable, many soldiers detested it. As one soldier put it, "warmed in the tin, Maconochie was edible; cold it was a mankiller." Others complained about how the potatoes appeared to be black lumps.

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  1. ^ Maurice Harold Grant, History of the war in South Africa, 1899-1902., Vol.4. London: Hurst and Blackett, 1910. See for example the table "Summary of Supplies Sent by the Natal District for General French's Force, Garrisons, &c., Despatched from Newcastle and Volksrust for Piet Relief and from De Jager's Drift for Vryheid." pg. 567.

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