It sure is getting cold and in the two years we have been around, we have never used the heater this much..and its not even winter yet! The Paris trip planned for Christmas has been scratched because we realised we wouldn't enjoy the place with the biting cold creeping in through the clothes....and with the amount of walking we might have to do, it isn't that rosy a picture and id hate Paris instantly. Now i really don't want to hate the most romantic city in the world do i?
Soups are a new addition to our system and it wasn't soon that i realised it was one of the easiest dishes to make and a whole, fulfilling meal that too. Ro however wants all the possible veggies in it including my current enemy 'the broccoli.' This is a 'cream of chicken' infused recipe which turned out really tasty. I have put in a whole lotta veggies, which are optional, or you can add whatever you have at home.
Chicken- 1 large piece, bone in
Leek- 1, shredded
Cauliflower- 1/2 cup
Carrots- 1/2 cup
Soup cube- 1, diluted in some water or just crumble it (I used Knorr)
Water- 1/2 cup (or just enough to cover the veggies and the chicken)
Salt and pepper- to taste
instant Soup- 1 sachet (i used Knorr again, a 5 minute soup sachet)
Put in the veggies, chicken and water into a large stock pot over medium heat. Crumble a soup cube into the water and give it a good stir. Cover and cook. After about 15 minutes, take the chicken out and shred it...the meat will be way too tender and will come off easily. Put it back into the pot along with the bone and continue on high heat, this time without the lid on. Leave it on for another 30 minutes and towards the end add an instant soup sachet into it as per instructions and season with some freshly ground pepper powder and salt. Make sure it doesn't boil. If you want to make it creamier, add some low fat milk as well.
Serve immediately with some croutons or garlic bread.
Notes: The Knorr instant soup is optional..i used it to get a more thicker and creamier soup.
Leeks are important..it completely changes the flavour.
The bone in piece is also an additional flavour enhancer, but you can also use boneless pieces.