Chicken, Corn and Bacon soup

Chicken and Corn Soup with crispy Bacon

Chicken, Corn and Bacon soup

This is our favorite cozy soup, made in a flash and so stinking easy, it’s almost embarrassing. Loaded with veggies to fight that flu too.

Prep time : 10 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
Serves : 6
________________________________________

INGREDIENTS:

• ¼ cup olive oil
• 1 medium onion, peeled and chopped fine
• 1 red bell pepper, cleaned and cut into dice (reserve some for serving)
• 1 large carrot, cut into dice
• 1 celery stick, chopped
• 1 leek, rinsed clean and sliced
• 2 garlic cloves, peeled and grated
• ¼ cup flour
• 6 cups chicken stock
• 2 stock cubes or more salt
• 2 cups cooked and shredded chicken
• 1 cup corn kernels, drained (reserve some for serving)
• 1 cup double cream
• 8 rashers bacon, cooked crisp and drained on kitchen paper
• Handful of chopped parsley to serve

Chicken, Corn and Bacon soup

INSTRUCTIONS:

Heat the olive oil in a large pot. Add onion, pepper, carrot, celery and leek. Cook on medium until translucent. Add the garlic and cook for another minute.
Add the flour and stir to combine completely before adding the stock a little at a time, stirring to combine as you add. Pour in all the stock.
Season to taste with salt and pepper or add 2 stock cubes, crumbled up.
Add the chicken and corn and continue to cook until veggies are tender and the chicken is heated thru, about 15 minutes. Add the cream and leave to simmer until the soup is thoroughly hot.
To serve , ladle soup into pretty bowl and sprinkle with reserved parsley, red bell pepper, and corn. Crumble some bacon over the top and serve with lots of crusty bread.

Enjoy!

Myra Xo

Chicken, Corn and Bacon soup

Mexican Pulled Beef with Jalapeño Cheddar Corn Bread

mexican-pulled-beef12

I feel like putting on a big sweater and pulling the sleeves over my hands while I eat a bowl of Chili…..

I had been walking around with this image in my head for a while and since the temperatures are dropping here in NL, I’ve made that vision finally come true. I wanted something different from the classic “chili con carne”, so I made pulled beef instead, with a mexican twist.

And since “twist” is my middle name, I’ve made a different kind of Cornbread to go with it. One with softness and texture at the same time, some cheese for extra flavour and a tiny Jalapeño kick, and I say tiny because I have only used half a Jalapeño. I still wanted to be able to eat the chili at a reasonable speed.

mexican-beef

        

Ingredients Chili;

3 Tablespoons Olive Oil

2.5 lbs. boneless beef chuck roast, trimmed and cut into 2 thick slices

1 tsp. Himalayan salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 tbsp. All Purpose Unbleached Flour

2 medium onions, peeled and chopped fine

3  garlic cloves, peeled and grated

2 tbsp. Unsweetened Cocoa (this is a must)

2 tbsp. ground Cumin

2 tbsp. sweet smoked paprika

¼ cup tomato paste

2 Tablespoon fresh oregano leafs or 2 teaspoon dried

1/2 tsp. dried Thyme

1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper, or to taste

1/4 C. Chopped Coriander

1 (15-ounce) cans dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed

1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes

2 C. beef stock

1-2 tbsp. Liquid Smoke

1 – 2 tsp. chopped chipotle (depending on how hot you like it)

1 tbsp. coconut sugar or sweetener of choice

1/2 cinnamon stick

2 bay leaves

2 tbsp. fresh Coriander leafs

Toppings; scallions, avocado chunks, sour cream, cheddar cheese, fried onion rings

mexican-pulled-beef1

mexican-pulled-beef4

Method;

Turn on your slow cooker, set to high.

Meanwhile heat a large frying pan and add 3 tbsp. of oil. Season the beef with the salt and pepper and toss with the flour. Sear the beef on both sides and brown until quite dark. Transfer to the slow cooker

Next fry the onions in the pan with the remaining oil until golden add the garlic and cook for an other minute. Transfer to the slow cooker.

Add the remaining ingredients to the slow cooker, except the beans and Coriander leafs

Cook on high for 4 hours. After three hours add the beans. The cooking time depends on your slow cooker and the quality of the beef. So just check by pulling away a piece of beef with a fork. If it loosens easily transfer the beef to a cutting board or large platter. Leaving the beans in the pot. Pull the beef apart into chunky bits and shreds with two forks. Return to slow cooker. Heat thoroughly again for about half an hour  until ready to serve. Sprinkle generously with fresh Coriander leafs. Serve with Pumpkin Corn Bread and lots of toppings.

cornbread2

Ingredients Jalapeño Cheddar Corn Bread;

1 C. corn meal

1 C. Spelt Flour

2 tsp. Baking Powder

1 tsp. dried Onion Powder

1/2 tsp.

1/2 tsp Baking Soda

1 tbsp. honey

1/2 C. corn kernels form a can, drained

1/2 C. Cheddar cheese, grated

3/4 C. unsweetened plain yoghurt (or soy)

1/2 C of milk (or unsweetened soy) + 1 tbsp.

2 large eggs at room temperature

1/2 Jalapeño, sliced and deseeded

3 tbsp. olive oil

corn-bread1

Method;

Pre heat the oven to 425° F / 220° C

Put an 8″ cast iron skillet in the oven too to pre heat

In a bowl mix all the dry ingredients and stir to mix. Add the wet ingredients and stir to combine.

Remove the cast iron skillet from the oven with an oven mitt! Oil spray generously and pour the cornbread batter in the skillet.

Place on a rack in the middle of the oven and bake from 20-25 min.

mexican-pulled-beef11

mexican-pulled-beef9

mexican-pulled-beef6

mexican-pulled-beef8

Maybe get some Mexican beer to go with it!

Not quite what you’re looking for? How about Cajun Jumbo Shrimp Tacos with Corn, a Peach & Koriander Salsa and Roasted Pepper Aïoli