Mmmm Soup

I have been doing my utmost best to avoid this fatal flu that has been doing the rounds lately and so when I woke up with that seared throat hangover feeling, I decided that drastic action had to be taken – entailed the concocting of no other then the good-old-faithful chicken soup.

Once again it was Jamie who provided the recipe, see below and so it was that we set to the task at hand…doctoring me!!  The end result, displayed below, does not look that aesthetically pleasing, I’ll admit! It actually looks more like something your dog would refuse, but bear with me, it was yummy and more importantly it most definitely did the trick, woke up feeling great!! SARAH 1: FLU 0

The recipe was super simple and provided enough to comfortably feed 6 of us (I added carrots and beans as had them lying around). Comes highly recommended, see below for recipe:

Feel-Good Chicken Broth


•1 x 1.5kg free-range organic chicken
• 2 carrots, peeled and roughly chopped
• 2 sticks of celery, roughly chopped
• 1 rasher of smoked bacon, preferably free-range or organic
• 2/3 sprigs of fresh rosemary
• a handful of shitake mushrooms
optional: a splash of sherry or port
• sea salt
• extra virgin olive oil


Put your chicken, carrot, celery and bacon in a large saucepan, cover with water and bring to the boil. Turn the heat down and simmer slowly for an hour and a quarter, skimming the white residue off the top every now and again. Add your rosemary sprigs, shitake mushrooms and sherry (if you are using it) for the last 10 minutes, then remove the chicken from the pan. It should be perfectly cooked, and will be great for salads or sandwiches or for tearing into slivers to put into the soup. Season the soup with salt and ladle it through a sieve into bowls, trying not to disrupt it too much as you want to keep it reasonably clear. Add the chicken slivers and a few mushrooms to each bowl and drizzle with a little extra virgin olive oil. The finished thing should be a kinda clear consommé.

My version vs Jamie’s , spot the difference…  hmmm? I put it down to good photography


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