Simple Provisions

Food does not need to be fancy to be celebrated

Being in hospital is no fun. But coming home can also be a (literal) pain. Especially when you’re away from family. My friend and fellow ex-pat is coming home from hospital tomorrow and I’m the Responsible Adult picking her up. I take this role very seriously, and have prepared a little care package for her first night back home. Unexpected food gifts are always received with delight, which makes cooking them even more special.

The key ingredients for a spectacular (or at least comfortable) recovery are:

  • Chicken soup – Chicken soup for a sick person? I know – not revolutionary, but it’s warm, full of protein, easy to digest and makes you feel like your mum is around even if she isn’t.
  • Bread – CARBS! Close friends will attest to my craving for KFC chips when I’m sick (the shame!). But a fresh mini baguette will also provide the carb comfort required and help mop up the last of the soup.
  • Chocolate – The very definition of comfort. Especially Australian chocolate for this homesick Sydney-sider.
  • Magazines – A good supply of glossies keeps the mind focussed on beautiful things, and provides an alternative should the end of the Netflix queue ever be reached.

This chicken soup recipe is a good one. It’s really chickeny, naturally, but it also has a warmth and depth of flavour thanks to the cumin, coriander seed and cinnamon. The chickpeas stand in for the more traditional noodles, and give a very satisfying bite to the soup.

Chicken and Chickpea Soup

(Adapted from Everyday Food Magazine, 2009)

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons oil
  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 large brown onion, diced
  • 3 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 medium carrots, cut into rounds
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1 can (400g) chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons roughly chopped parsley

Directions

  1. In a large soup pot or dutch oven, heat oil over medium-high. Season chicken and cook till light brown on both sides.
  2. Pour off all but 1 tablespoon fat from pot. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 4 minutes. Add 2 teaspoons garlic and spices; cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in carrots and return chicken to pot. Stir in broth.
  3. Bring to a boil. Reduce to a medium simmer, partially cover, and cook for about 30 minutes.
  4. Remove chicken from soup. Shred chicken with two forks. Return meat to pot. Add chickpeas and season with salt, pepper, and lemon juice. In a small bowl, stir together 1 teaspoon garlic, lemon zest, and parsley; sprinkle over soup before serving.

3 thoughts on “Get Well Soon Food

  1. First off, your blog is fantastic! Second, even though it’s hot out I would take this soup down right now! I totally agree too that those unexpected gifts are the ones appreciated most – can’t wait to master this recipe for care packages down the road! xx Marisa

    1. Amelia says:

      Thanks Marisa! And you’re right, no sickness, or even cold weather, required to enjoy this soup.

  2. Great idea! Thanks for sharing the recipe! Just the thought of tasting that warm soup with the chicken and the noodles and all of those other delicious ingredients makes me want to go down the kitchen and make it right now!

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