Snow! Snow! Oh blimey, you would think that the world was ending after a few hours of the white stuff on Saturday night! I remember in ye olde times when it snowed and everyone would help each other clear drive ways and push stuck cars, but now it just seems to bring out the more petty aspects of people - moaning about the lack of grit for the roads, chuntering (good word eh?) about how to get to the shops etc.
Maybe it's just me getting old, but I really wish more people would enjoy the snow - it really does bring out the child in me - snow ball fights, sledging, staring drunkenly at orange sodium street lamps in the dark, watching huge white flakes drifting silently to the ground. Who cares if you can't get in to work. SNOW DAY!
At least my cold disappeared in time for me to enjoy Snowmageddon 2012, and allow me to go for a lovely walk along the frozen canal, before returning home to a lovely roast chicken. And me being me, I couldn't let any single tiny bit of the chicken go to waste, so into the slow cooker went the flesh-stripped carcass to cook overnight for stock.
That meant that I woke up to a house that smelled delightfully of chicken, but also that I had lots of lovely stock for soup, as well as left-over chicken to use up. So I decided to make a spicy chicken noodle soup. I even experimented with clarifying the stock, by mixing 2 whisked eggwhites, 100ml of cold water and some chopped chicken into the cold stock, then slowly bringing it to the simmer, not stirring it until all the egg white floated to the top, bringing with it all the impurities from the stock, then I skimmed this off and was left with a rich golden stock. I thend to water this down a bit before using it ina soup - about half and half, or the taste can be a bit too strong for my liking, but you can always play around with it
Anyway, with no more digressions, Thai Chicken Noodle Soup...
1.2l Chicken Stock
1 Red Chili
1 Green Chili
2tbsp Fish Sauce
Juice of 1 Lime
60g Roasted Peanuts
150g Broccoli Florets
200ml Coconut Milk
100g Thin Egg Noodles
Oriental Spinach Leaves
1. Heat the stock in a large pan, slowly bringing it to a simmer
2. Add the fish sauce, lime juice. De seed and finely chop the chilies and add them.
3. If you are using uncooked chicken breast, cut it into bite sized strips and add it to the soup, if you are using left-overs, add them now as well.
4. Crush the peanuts in a pestle and mortar and add them to the soup, as well as the broccoli florets.
5. Cover the pan and leave to cook for around 10 minutes
6. In another pan, heat some water and cook the egg noodles as directed on the packaging.
7. Before serving, add the coconut milk to the soup and adjust seasoning to taste
8. Add the shredded spinach leaves (or you could use spring onions) to the soup
9. Put a serving of the egg noodles in each bowl, then top off with soup
10 Garnish with a few fresh coriander leaves