One Chicken, 3 meals — Part 2

Don’t throw those chicken bones away from your roast chicken….

If you’re making a roast chicken, be sure to keep the carcass as there’s loads of flavour in there. If there’s not much of a carcass, I tend to keep a sealable bag in the freezer and pop the bones in there until I’ve a) got enough and b) feel like making a soup.

Chicken soup feeds the soul and the body — its comforting, makes you feel better if you are ill and lifts your mood if you are feeling down. And its one of the easiest meals to make.

So once you’re done with your roast chicken meal, here’s your next meal — chicken soup.

Ingredients

1 or 2 chicken carcasses

1 leek — just the white

2 sticks of celery — cut into chunks

2 carrots — peeled and cut into chunks

1 onion — not chopped or peeled (this will

1 small turnip — peeled and quartered

1 small swede — peeled and quartered

2/3 organic chicken stock cubes

salt and white pepper

water

Method

Get a big pot and pop the carcasses in the bottom. Cover with water but just about — you don’t want to drown the chicken bones

Bring to boil and remove the scum that comes to the surface. Be patient — this can take some time but its worth the effort as you’ll have a lovely clear soup.

Once all the scum has been removed, throw in all the veg, chicken stock cubes, salt and pepper. Give it a good stir and bring to the boil.

Now here’s the key… turn down to a bare simmer and cook for a minimum of 2 hours. In fact, the longer the better as the flavour just gets better and better.

Once your soup has been boiling away, strain of all the bones and veg and there you go.

Now if you want to bulk this out, throw back in the carrots and some of the onion and if there is any spare chicken meat throw that in too.

If you want the authentic Jewish Mother experience, you can add in some lockshen noodles (vermicelli pasta) and/or matza balls

Once more note for those weaning kids…

If you are weaning babies you can actually make a fourth meal from the veg. When my two were little, i used to take the veg that had been cooked in the chicken soup mixture and mush it up into portions that were kept in the freezer. I simply defrosted and reheated until piping hot and the kids lapped it up.