The Bardic Chef: Recipe – Smoked Horseradish Hag Soup

What do you consider a monster? Is it a beast, skulking around, stalking it’s prey in the darkness of a nighttime forest? Is it a creature like these, not quite human, devouring children whole? Is it a human, poisoning their enemies, and murdering the innocent for a chance at power? Is it Strahd himself, and all his domineering of this land? At what point does something cease to be what it was, and cross that threshold into monstrosity? Where is that line for myself? I hope I’ll never know.

Vistani tent – north?


  • 1 Hag Eye
  • 5 Potatoes
  • 3 Spring Onions
  • 2 Leeks
  • 2 cups Heavy Cream
  • ½ Horseradish Root
  • 1 cup of Tomato Sauce


Form your tepee smoker (ADDED NOTE WITH CRUDELY DRAWN DIAGRAM: three sticks vertical, three sticks horizontal, string, heavy blanket and dug fire pit beneath).

Split hag eye into multiple pieces and use with leaf tree wood kindling for smoke. Smoke the spring onions, leeks, and horseradish for many hours. Cube potatoes and put into cooking pot with water until very tender. Add tomato sauce, cream, with vegetables and horseradish. Simmer for 25 minutes.

(ADDED NOTE: Hag Eye provided deep wood and hazelnut?? taste)