One for the calendar- National Chicken Soup Day
Chicken soup is a warm and hearty food. It is the perfect finale to a good walk, to sip whilst you work or when you are curled up with a good book. Chicken soup can be served elegantly in a soup bowl with a swirl of cream, or in a mug which is warm and comforting to cuddle in your hands. Why not plan to try out a new recipe for National Chicken Soup Day, which is on Thursday 12 November
There are numerous different styles of chicken soup to enjoy. The best is made from chicken stock made by simmering chicken meat or bones in water to produce a really good flavoured stock. In the past, chicken soup was always made using older hens as the meat would not be tender if it were cooked quickly. Today, the best chicken to use is organic chicken as it has such a good flavour. The classic chicken soup recipe is made with clear chicken broth with finely chopped pieces of chicken and often vegetables. There are cream soup recipes and popular combinations like chicken noodle, chicken & mushroom and chicken & sweetcorn. Other popular additions to the soup include rice, pasta, barley and small dumplings.
Chicken soup has long been viewed as the perfect comfort food for people suffering from a cold, the flu or other illnesses, as it is easy to eat and very nourishing. Chicken soup is also the perfect remedy when you are not feeling particularly hungry or in a hurry. Chicken soup is ideal for all ages, as it is easy to digest and can be thickened with mashed potato or cooked rice as an ideal meal for toddlers.
About National Chicken Soup Day
National Chicken Soup Day emerged in 2002, linked to a publishing company in Cos Cob, Connecticut. The company has the name ‘Chicken Soup for the Soul’ and published a book in 1993 that told of an inspirational moment in the life story of an ordinary person, with an ordinary life whom readers could easily relate to. The publishers felt that the story would be ‘good for the soul’. The book was soon a bestseller and since then, the company has published 250 similar books that have all been equally popular. To date, 110 million copies of the different titles have been sold throughout the United States and Canada. National Chicken Soup Day is a day for celebrating everyday people who lead normal lives, but have experienced marvellous moments. It is the perfect reason to curl up with an inspirational book and a cup of delicious chicken soup.
Classic Chicken Soup
This delicious chicken soup is made using a whole chicken that is cooked in the water to create an excellent broth. The best chicken to use is organic chicken as it is packed with flavour. If you cut the whole chicken into pieces this makes it a speedier process that ensures a good taste and the bonus is that the excess meat can be used to make a meal for another day.
Thai Chicken and Coconut Soup
This delicious Thai chicken and coconut soup tastes really good and can be transformed into a main meal soup by adding some cooked prawns (about 125g) and noodles and serving with some crusty wholemeal bread.
Chogyetang – chilled chicken soup
This unusual soup is fun to make for a starter for dinner or as a lunch on a warm day. The recipe originates in North Korea and is tangy and refreshing. The recipe was created for the Korean royal court.