Having just come through a nasty two week flu, which the whole family enjoyed together, then a bout of gastro (yes the weight loss was a happy side effect) I am feeling the need for sunshine and good food to get the immune system back on track. The sun was thankfully on my side today so the kids and I took a trip to the Hobart Farmers Market to pick up some super fresh local veg and meat so I can knock up a good ol chicken soup.
We may have gotten slightly off task when distracted by the organic ice-cream, made with local milk, then the organic sourdough doughnuts filled with apple and cardamom or lemon curd but eventually we filled the basket with green leafy things and some lovely Bruny Island meats. Oh and I wouldn’t want to forget the plumb crumble cake, local squid tentacles and wholemeal sourdough cob. The kids love Dutch carrots so I grabbed a couple of bunches as lunchbox snacks and the baby leeks will be beautiful in the chicken soup. I must say I feel better just looking at the loot.
Arrived home and made sushi for lunch while I got the stock going for the chicken soup and, ironically, fed our chickens all the lovely off cuts. The kitchen smells great, my husband and the kids are on a wood gathering exercise and I’m not sick today. Woohooo!
A Sort of Recipe for Chicken Soup
Get a free range chook, put it in a pot with chopped onion, garlic, leek, peppercorns, herbs, carrot, etc etc (any hard veg from the fridge) and cover with water. Bring to the boil then reduce to a simmer for about 1-1.5 hours. Strain the liquid and reserve. Save the chicken, toss the cooked vegies.
Put a little oil in a pot and add diced onion, celery and carrot and cook for 5 mins. Add all your chopped veg (not leafy things yet) and cover with stock. At this point you may want to add pearl barley, pasta or cooked quinoa.Bring to the boil then simmer until veg is just cooked.
Shred the chicken off the bone and add this along with chopped leafy greens such as kale, spinach or cabbage. Also add soft herbs such as parsley and dill. Lemon zest is also nice. Bring to a simmer and it is ready to save the family from winter ills.