Category Archives: Soups

Thai Coconut Chicken saucy noodle soup

This quick and easy Thai inspired soup is what you need in your life right now! Cozy and comforting, and so perfect for cold weather. This fragrant soup comes together in no time and  is probably one of my favourite meals to make. Everyone loves a good bowl of noodles. Add a nice steaming hot fragrant broth to the mix and everyone will be begging you for seconds.

The soup is super simple to make. Chicken is simmered in a well seasoned broth, then shredded. Some delicious veggies are added and coconut milk together with some aromatics. The whole process takes about 30 minutes, the result is absolute comfort in a bowl.

INGREDIENTS:

2 tbsp. coconut oil
3 shallots,  peeled and chopped fine
2.5 cm / 1 inch, grated fresh ginger
3 garlic cloves, peeled and grated
2 – 3 tablespoons green Thai curry paste*
3 Kafir lime leafs**
1 stalk lemon grass,  bashed with cleaver
2 chicken breast
2 cups vegetables of choice*** fresh or frozen
6 cups chicken broth
2 cups coconut milk
1 tbsp.  fish or to tast
2 tsp. Sugar
1/4 cup (small handful)Thai basil
1/4 cup (small handful) Cilantro
Lime wedges for serving
Peanuts for serving
Scallions, sliced thin for serving
200 gr/ 8 oz pack thin wheat or rice noodles, 

*Thai curry paste can be very hot, so try two tablespoons first and add more if you like it hot.
**If you can’t find kefir lime leafs, use a little extra lime
***The vegetables I used are a frozen mix of bean sprouts , mangetouts, carrots, leek, onion. But you can add any fresh or frozen vegetable you like.

METHOD:


Heat coconut oil in a large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add shallots,  ginger and garlic and cook for a few minutes.  Add curry paste a stir until fragrant.  Add the chicken broth, kafir lime leafs and lemon grass. Bring to a simmer.
Add the chicken breasts to the pot and simmer gently for 20 to 30 minutes or untill chicken is cooked thru (depending on thickness).

Remove the chicken from the broth to a plate and shred with two forks. Add the coconut milk to the pan, bring to a simmer and return de chicken to the pot, together with the vegetables. Stir in the fish sauce and sugar.
In the meantime cook the noodles in a separate pot or soak according to the package directions.
Add the thai basil and cilantro to the pot reserving some for garnish.
Serve the soup in deep bowls over the noodle. Garnish with cilantro,  basil, lime wedges,  peanuts and spring onions. Serve piping hot. Crispy chili oil is also delicious on top, enjoy!

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Easy Chicken soup with Fluffy Spelt Dumplings

This is a very comforting soup made in about a fourth of the time than regular chicken soup because of the use of breasts instead of a whole chicken. Making this a quick fix when you crave chicken soup with dumplings on a rainy day. Nothing beats a chicken and dumplings soup when you need a little comforting or are simply in the mood for a steaming bowl of nourishing goodness.

These dumplings are the ones I make all the time at home, the spelt flour makes the dumplings extra light and fluffy.

All you have to do is brown seasoned chicken breasts in some olive oil, add the stock and some herbs and onion and simmer until cooked through. Then you remove the chicken and shred or cut it into bite size pieces. In another pan, you pan fry the veggies and add the chicken broth. The dumpling mixture is a one bowl situation, mix everything and shape into balls and drop into the broth, voilà.

Serves : 4 (can easily be doubled)
Prep time : 10 minutes
Cooking time : 20 minutes

INGREDIENTS:
stock:
1 tbsp. olive oil
2 chicken breast
1.5 L water
2 chicken stock cubes
2 bay leafs
1 onion cut in half with skin on for colour
2 cloves, pierced into the onion halves
small bunch of parsley, stalks only (use leafs for serving)

For the soup:
1 tbsp. butter
1 tbsp. olive oil olive
1 cup cubed carrot
1 cup celery, cut into bite size pieces
1 medium onion, peeled and chopped
1 garlic clove, peeled and chopped fine
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1/4 tsp. dried thyme
black pepper to taste
parsley for serving

For the Dumplings:
2 cups white Spelt flour
4 tsp. baking powder
black pepper
3/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. each dried parsley and dried chives
3/4 cup milk
3 tbsp. olive oil

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INSTRUCTIONS:
Place a large pot over medium heat and add 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Add the chicken breasts and season generously with salt and pepper on both sides. I do this when I flip the breasts after browning one side. Meanwhile, boil the water in the kettle.
Once the chicken is nicely coloured, add the stock cubes by crumbling them between your fingers and add the hot water carefully. Add the onion with the cloves, the bay leaves and parsley stalks. Bring to a very slow simmer and cook for about 20-25 minutes depending on the thickness of the breasts.
Once the breasts are cooked through remove them to a plate to cool slightly and strain the stock through a sieve and put back in the large pot and back on the stove to keep hot.

Now make the dumpling mix, by mixing all the ingredients in a bowl, adding a little extra flour if it seems to wet or a little extra water or milk if it seems to dry. The mixture should be soft but shape-able. Set aside.

Heat large pot with a wide opening so you can fit a lot of dumplings in one go* (see note), add the tablespoon of butter and the tablespoon of olive oil. Add all the chopped veggies to the pan and cook until they start to get slightly golden. Add the oregano, thyme and the stock. Bring to a simmer, the veggies will not need too long since they are chopped small, about 15 to 20 minutes in total. So after about 10, minutes you can add the shredded chicken and follow up with the dumplings. Carefully drop the dumplings into the soup, making sure they do not touch. Place a lid on the pot and lower the heat to a simmer. Cook for about 12- 13 minutes. Flip dumplings over with the use of two spoons and cook for another two minutes, with the lid of the pan back on. They will fluff up a lot, so do not overcrowd the pan. Once they care cooked thru, sprinkle with parsley and serve straight away, maybe with some grated Parmesan cheese.

NOTE : Sometimes, I like to cook the dumplings separately if I make a lot of dumplings at the same time. Just heat a pot with simmering salted water and cook dumplings according to the recipe. Later you can add them to the soup, when ready to serve.

Enjoy!

10 Minute storecupboard Miso Ginger Rice Noodle Bowl

This is barely a recipe but I wanted to jot it down so I remember for next time, should I unexpectedly run out of food (again). And maybe this has happened to you too…
This is my go-to dinner when the fridge is empty and I am too tired to go to the store.
It’s very basic, made in a jiffy and good to have on hand just in case.
It does require some pantry items which I hope you have, like chili paste, rice noodles, soy sauce, miso etc…any veggies laying around in the back of your fridge will do.

Serves 2

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups water
  • 4 eggs (or any other protein you may have)
  • 2 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 small/medium onion, peeled and chopped fine
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled, minced
  • 1 tsp. ginger, peeled, grated
  • 1.5 tbsp. soy sauce , more to taste
  • 2 tbsp. miso paste (I used white)
  • 2 tsp. Mae Pranom Thai chili paste (contains shrimp+tamarind)
  • 200 gr/7 oz. thick rice noodles
  • chili flakes
  • cilantro if you have it, which I didn’t…
  • 1 cup Broccoli florets or any other veggies
  • Lao gan ma crispy chili oil for drizzling on top. (The best chili oil in the history of mankind.)
  • 1 tsp. Sesame oil for serving

INSTRUCTIONS:

Heat a large pan or pot with a medium high rim, you’re cooking everything in here so you need the room for stock etc…
Put the kettle on for 2 cups of boiling water.
Place 2 to 4 eggs depending on appetite in a small pan cover with cold water, place on stove and bring to a boil, cook for 5 minutes. Drain, rinse with cold water and peel, set aside. Meanwhile…
Heat 2 tablespoons coconut oil to medium heat,
Add 1 small finely chopped onion, 3 minced garlic and one teaspoon minced ginger.
Cook for 4 minutes, add 2 tbsp. Miso paste, 2 teaspoons shrimp chili paste and a pinch of chili flakes.
Add 2 cup of boiling water, add the rice noodles* and the broccoli, cook for 4 minutes on low heat. Turn off the heat and add some sesame oil.
Season with soy sauce.
Divide into two bowls, add boiled eggs cut in half and drizzle with crispy chili oil. If you have it, use cilantro, sesame seeds, chives or any other toppings you may have lying around. Enjoy!

Oaxacan Chicken Tortilla Soup

 

This is my absolute favourite soup and once you try it will probably (hopefully) be yours too.
The whole thing is just sooooo good. The slightly spicy broth with the tender chicken bits, the chunky tomatoes, the melting cheese, the tortilla chips, the avocado……Yum!
You start off with sautéing onion, pepper and garlic in olive oil until nice and glossy, You add your seasoning and flour. Then tomatoes, salsa and chicken stock. Add a little liquid smoke if you have it, to add that awesome smoky-ness to the soup. Bring to a simmer and add the chicken. Cook for about 25 minutes. So simple right?
Once cooked thru, you shred the chicken and pop it back in to the pot with beans and corn. Simmer for another five minutes until everything is completely heated thru and that’s it.
The Chipotle is essential to this soup. This is what makes it Oaxacan. The Chipotle however goes on top not in the soup. This tortilla soup is simple but very flavorful and quick to make.
I like to cook the chicken in the soup, because it adds flavour to the stock, but you can easily use left over rotisserie or cooked chicken.

Prep time : 10 minutes
Cooking Time : 30 minutes
Serves : 4

INGREDIENTS:

• 2 tbsp. olive oil
• 1 medium white onion, peeled and chopped fine
• 3 large garlic cloves, peeled and grated or chopped
• 1 red bell pepper, chopped fine
• 1 tbsp. taco seasoning
• 1 tbsp. flour
• one 14.5 oz. / 400 gr. diced tomatoes or cherry tomatoes plus same amount water
• one 8 oz. / 230 gr. jar chunky salsa, medium hot
• 24 ounces (3 cups) low-sodium chicken broth
• 1 tsp. liquid smoke (optional)
• 2 large chicken breasts
• one 14.5 oz. / 400 gr. can black beans, drained and rinsed
• one small can of corn, drained.
• 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
for serving:
• Tortilla Chips
• One Chipotle in adobo, chopped
• lime wedges
• 1/3 cup fresh cilantro leaves, finely minced
• 1 sliced or diced avocado for serving
• shredded cheese
• sour cream, optional

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

Get out a large pot with a thick bottom. Put on medium heat and add the two tablespoons of olive oil.
Add the chopped onion, pepper and garlic and saute until glossy and light golden brown.
Add the taco seasoning and the flour. Stir around before adding the canned tomatoes plus one can water, taco sauce and chicken stock.
Bring to a simmer.
Add the chicken breasts and cook for about 20 minutes or until cooked thru.
Remove the chicken to a cutting board and shred with two forks into bit sized pieces.
Return to the tomato soup base and add the beans and corn and cilantro.
Simmer for about ten minutes until completely heated thru.
Taste and adjust seasoning. Add salt and pepper if necessary.
Crush some tortilla chips into each bowl and ladle over the soup.
Serve topped with avocado, shredded cheese, cilantro, lime wedges, chopped chipotle and a few more tortilla chips. 

Enjoy!