I bet there a million diets/health kicks/detox’s starting today right? I know I am going to force my 3 kilo heavier body up a mountain, try not to eat bread and stay off the booze for a few days. It actually started yesterday – I find it best to pick a random day, a random month and just go for it. I remember watching Nigella a few years ago now and in one of her shows she talked about “Temple Food” which is stuff she cooks when she is hung over, or trying to feel better about herself. After a month of pure indulgence I decided that yesterday our family could all do with some Temple Food. First on the list whenever we want this or whenever anyone is feeling a little woozy? My chicken noodle soup of course!
Beth’s Chicken Noodle Soup
: 2 chicken breasts
: Half bunch shallots
: Half bunch coriander
: 2 grated garlic cloves (if you have a cold double this)
: Knob of fresh ginger
: Stick of lemongrass
: 2 red chillis
: 1 litre chicken stock
: Decent splash of soy sauce
: Couple drops of sesame oil
: Chop your shallots and coriander and set aside
: Grate the garlic & ginger
: Remove woody outer bits of lemongrass & chop
: Chop red chili’s removing seeds
: Chop chicken into 2cm chunks
: Into a large pot add the chicken stock and throw in all the chopped ginger, garlic & lemongrass. I left the red chilli aside as the kids can’t quite take it…yet.
: After a minute or so add almost all the shallots & coriander leaving some aside for presentation
: Just as the soup starts to bubble add the raw chicken pieces in to poach (this will only take a few minutes). Then throw in the noodles at the end as they only need a minute at most.
: Tong the noodles into the bowls then ladle in the soup on top making sure everyone gets a little bit of everything. I go heavy on the noodles & chicken for my 2 year old and then heavy on the soup for my 4 year old because it’s her favourite.
: Top with shallots, coriander and for the adults chilli – lots of chilli. Slurp & enjoy!
: After 10 or so minutes of peace & quiet because everyone has demolished their dinner it will look a little like this.
: Don’t you love the mess a 2 year old can make? The wiping up off the floor is my least favourite part of meal time.
This soup is guaranteed to make you feel better. Slurping that hot garlicky, gingery soup warms the cockles of the coldest heart. Promise. And for all of you out there attempting a health kick – good luck! Be kind to yourself, be realistic, be proud and in any case…just do it!