I came home tonight to a sick husband. Not sick enough to see a doctor, but decidedly under the weather, and feeling rather sorry for himself.
Initial offers of food were declined, Mr Greedy Frog did not want any food.
At the suggestion of chicken soup though, he perked up and confirmed that such a meal would be very suitable indeed.
Which suited me fine, as I had leftover meat from yesterday’s Barbecued Chicken to use up.
After a bowlful of soup, Mr Greedy Frog declared himself to feel “much better”.
So there you have it: Chicken Soup IS the fourth emergency service. Fact.
You will need (for 2, with a bit extra):
2 tbsp olive oil
2 celery sticks
4 spring onions
1 garlic clove
1 litre hot chicken stock
About 200 g cooked chicken meat, shredded
1 bay leaf
1 small handful vermicelli or other small pasta
Chopped parsley, to serve.
Roughly chop the spring onions and celery. Slice the carrots. Cut the garlic in half.
In a large pan, heat up the olive oil, then add the chopped vegetables and the garlic. Stir, then cover and cook gently for a few minutes to soften.
Add the stock and bay leaf, cover, then simmer for about 15 min.
Add the chicken, return to a simmer then add the pasta and leave to cook for the time stated in the packet.
Pour into bowls, top with the parsley, and prepare to witness a miraculous recovery or two.