Sunday, 22 March 2009


I haven't had a very good week, Wednesday, I had a sore throat which just got worse as the week wore on, so as a consequence I haven't felt like doing anything much at all apart from just existing. I've started feeling better today and actually felt like doing some cooking (for which my husband is very grateful) so tonight I made this soup (recipe below). I only made a half recipe and didn't make the dumplings because I couldn't be bothered. (I have my limits after all!!) There is plenty left for tomorrow and maybe I'll feel like making the dumplings then :)

Chicken, Chickpea and Dumpling Soup

3 tbsp olive oil
6 bacon rashers sliced
2 onions chopped
2 leeks sliced
4 carrots sliced
3 garlic cloves sliced
4 sticks celery sliced
2 x 400g cans chickpeas
2.5 litre chicken or vegetable stock
2 bay leaves
4 skinless chicken breasts

Heat oil in a large saucepan over a medium heat. Add bacon, onions, leeks, garlic, carrots and celery and cook, stirring, for about 7 minutes, or until starting to soften (without colouring too much. Add chickpeas, stock and bay leaves and bring to boil: simmer for 20 minutes. Skim off any scum. Meanwhile, roughly slice chicken breasts into bite-size pieces and add to soup. Return to the boil and simmer gently for 20 minutes. Make the dumplings while the chicken is cooking.


350g plain flour
3 tsp baking powder
1 ½ tsp salt
100g grated cheddar cheese
4 tbsp chopped parsley
1 large egg, beaten
150ml milk

Sift flour, baking powder and salt into a large bowl. Stir in grated cheese and parsley. Add egg and enough milk to make a soft (but not sticky) dough. Roll the dough into 16 walnut-size dumplings.

Drop the dumplings into soup, cover with a lid and simmer for about 15 minutes, or until dumplings have puffed up.


  1. Oh boy if that soup doesn't help you fell better I'm not sure what will.... I hope you are on the mend Pip! x

  2. we got sick at the same time and quite possibly better at the same time. today was the first day i felt enthused about anything - and boy did my house need cleaning :(
    hope you feel really good soon.

  3. Oh yes Leanne, I'm feeling better now, and funnily enough after I had the soup last night, I did feel better. Thanks for thinking of me.

  4. im glad your all better, im starting to get a cold now so maybe i should try your magic soup! if it doesnt make me better it will at least taste good:)


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