Mom’s Chicken Soup

We have been a little poorly these last few days. To be honest, I am not completely surprised as now that school has started again our wards have basically been flooded with lots of little viral wheezers – and it’s not even winter! (They usually peak during winter time)

The thing about working in a children’s ward is you will pick something up from the little ones. It doesn’t matter how OCD and paranoid you are about hand-hygiene, it is inevitable! And for some insane reason whatever they have, when you get it you tend to feel a thousand times worse! Unless it’s “man flu” of course – that is a complete different ball game, or so I am told.

But what you really need when you are down with a cold is a big bowl of hygge. And nothing quite compares to having a big bowl of yummy chicken soup (better if it is made for you!) with some spices to perk you up as you curl up and watch reruns of old tv shows. This recipe which my mom used to make has been tweaked slightly over the years but is as close as I will get to being spoilt by her at home.

Hygge in a bowl!

Recipe (serves 2)
500 grams chicken – I used chicken drumsticks cause Dan loves them and for flavour
4 small sized potatoes – cut into quarts
3 carrots sliced into rounds
5 cloves of garlic crushed
1 inch piece ginger sliced
1 medium sized white onion
1 bay leaf
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp cumin powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 cube Knorr chicken cube
650ml warm water
Salt and pepper to taste


1. Dissolve 1 cube of chicken stock into 650ml of warm water.
2. Fry the bay leaf, garlic, ginger, cumin and turmeric powder in some oil until fragrant.
3. Add the onions and fry till translucent.
4. Add in potatoes, carrots and any other vegetables you like and fry for 3-4 minutes.
5. Add in chicken pieces (if with bone fry till cooked halfway) and fry till outside partially cooked.
6. Add warm stock to dish, bring to boil then let simmer. It should be ready in about 10 minutes.
7. Curl up in your comfiest pj’s and favourite duvet. Serve with warm bread roll/toast or on its own.


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