Carrot Chicken Soup

There is nothing like some warming chicken soup, a bowl of which comes in handy on many an occasion. Whether you’re feeling cold, hungry, down and out – chicken soup will be there for you, like a true friend.

My mum makes a killer chicken soup with carrots, leeks and vermicelli pasta. However, her recipe is pretty top secret, so instead I will share with you my own chicken soup, which is equally as simple to make and marginally better in taste (kidding, mum!). Continue reading

How to make: Chicken Stock

Every now and then my mum comes back from the supermarket with a rotisserie chicken. We tend to pick at it for a couple of days to put in sandwiches, salads and soup. After the succulent chicken meat has been devoured we’re left with the carcass, which just screams out to be made into a beautiful homemade stock.

So the next time you’re faced with the remains of your Sunday roast, turn those bones into stock. Here’s how:

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Yia Yia’s Roast Chicken with Farro Pilaf

Pouri havov pilaf – or roast chicken with pilaf is a traditional Armenian dish with many variations. Since my grandma passed away I’ve asked my grandpa a million times for her old recipes and kitchen secrets, but he swears she kept nothing written down – which I entirely believe. So although this recipe isn’t actually my yia yia’s, it’s my own interpretation which I’ve pieced together from distant memories of tastes and smells. Continue reading

Tarragon Chicken and Spring Vegetable Casserole

Tarragon Chicken and Spring Vegetable Casserole

The smell of a casserole gently cooking away in the kitchen takes me back to those days where I’d come home from school, absolutely starving, and open the door to wafts of goodness travelling throughout the house. It is, in my opinion, the quintessential family dish.

This take on a casserole is basically a concuction of the following factors: I like chicken; I had loads of vegetables in the fridge that really needed to be shown some love; I also had fresh tarragon; and what’s that? Greek yoghurt? Sold.

Oh, did I mention that everything is cooked in one pot? Imagine how easy washing up after dinner will be!

Ingredients:

  • 4 chicken thighs, with skin
  • 8 new potatoes, with skins on and halved
  • 6-7 spring onions, roughly chopped
  • 2 large leeks, roughly chopped
  • 4 large savoy cabbage leaves, roughly chopped
  • 150g mange tout
  • 100g peas, fresh or frozen
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • Fresh tarragon, roughly chopped
  • 100ml dry white wine
  • 1 ½ pints vegetable stock
  • 2 tablespoons Greek yoghurt
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Method:

On a medium heat add some olive oil to a large casserole dish and cook the chicken until lightly browned. Remove the chicken and set aside. Add to the pan the onions, garlic and leeks and sauté until softened. Add the chicken back to the pan, followed by the wine which you will then need to cook down until reduced.

Next, add half the tarragon and season with a little salt and pepper. Add the vegetable stock to the pan and slip in your new potatoes. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and leave uncovered to gently cook for around 12 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender.

Add the cabbage, mange tout and peas, cover and cook gently for a few minutes until the cabbage has wilted. Finally, stir in the Greek yoghurt and season to taste. Garnish with your reserved tarragon and serve with a slice of crusty bread.

Serves 4.