Mrs Hardy's Kettle Broth

Thomas Hardy's favourite meal, as a child, was the unassuming kettle broth made by his mother, Jemima.

Soups and starters
The parlour room at Hardy's Cottage
  • Preparation time 20 minutes (prep. time)
  • Serves 1


  • 1 knob of butter
  • 1 medium sized onion
  • 1 slice of diced smoked streaky bacon (optional)
  • 3 slices of white bread
  • 1 pint of stock (vegetable, chicken, ham or hot water - waste not want not!)


1.    Fry an onion (diced) in butter, until soft.
2.    Cube a rasher of bacon and add to the onion.
3.    Crumb three slices of bread and also fry for a little time in the butter.
4.    Add stock and stir until the broth resembles thin porridge.

Come and see other Hardy recipes being cooked at Hardy's Cottage, every Friday (11am-2pm), as part of 'Jemima's Cookbook'. Click here for more information.