When the weather outside is frightful,
and the fire is so delightful,
since there’s no place to go
let me cook let me cook let me cook!

I love spending wet, windy weekends in the kitchen. There’s something beautiful about preparing delicious, healthy meals for my family during a weekend of being stuck indoors.

This Saturday was spent lazily pottering about whilst soups simmered on the stove, filling the house with tasty aromas. We cooked soups, corned beef – and Georgie cooked cake! The few hours spent cooking was actually enough time to prepare meals for the entire weekend, plus a bit extra! How easy is that?!

First on the menu was chicken noodle soup. When I was feeling unwell recently I found myself craving chicken soup. I love this filling soup. You could add extra vegetables but I like the balance of flavours in this soup, especially with the sweetness of the corn and the saltiness of the stock (I use Massel).

Chicken Noodle Soup
::2-3 onions, diced
::2-3 carrots, diced
::2 stalks celery, sliced (I always use celery leaves!)
::1 litre chicken stock
::1 large chicken breast, diced
::1 cup soup noodles eg vermicelli (optional – when I don’t use noodles I use another can of corn for thickening)
::1 can creamed corn

:: bring vegetables to the boil in the stock
::simmer vegetables for 30 minutes
::add chicken, corn and noodles
::simmer for another 30 minutes

This soup is tasty and nutritious. This is delicious and will feed 6 people.

soup cooking on the stove