Tuesday, February 1, 2011


I've been sick for over a week now which is so unlike me.  Usually I shake it off within a couple of days but this ones proving to be a nasty little bugger. Either way, the only thing I feel like when I'm not firing on all pistons is soup and the only person that makes the best soup in the world is my mum.  That's a problem seeing as my mum lives across the other side of the world!  Luckily when she was in town recently for a month we spent lots of rainy days over the stove making home made chicken stock and freezing it. 

I know I know I can hear you from here, why bother when you can buy the stuff pre packaged and ready to go. Well make it once and then lets have that conversation! It will literally change the flavor, not to mention the nutritional value of your meal. Just remember, the quality of your ingredients will ultimately always determine the quality of your food.. organic, local, sustainable. I know it's more expensive but seriously it's a must.
Think of this stock as being the super hero that will come in and save the day...

Sickness, be gone!
The Chirpy Bird's Chicken Stock
1 6lb organic chicken, giblets removed
1 yellow onion quartered
2 carrots chopped in half
2 stalks of celery including leaves
2 parsnips cut in half
1 whole head of garlic cut in half
one handful of dill
one handful of parsley
one handful of thyme or rosemary
one tablespoon of kosher salt
one teaspoon of peppercorns
one bay leaf
a quart and a half of water or just covering chicken and veggies

Make sure that you wash the chicken thoroughly inside and out before you use it. Place all ingredients in your soup pot and bring to a soft boil. Boil semi-covered for around 2 1/2 - 3 hours.  Strain liquid through colander and allow stock to sit overnight in the fridge.  The next day you will see the animal fat that has solidified on the surface. Scrape off the top and place in tupperware to freeze or use immediately!

**If you want to use some of the meat from your chicken in a soup or salad I always cheat my way around that! Remove the entire 'chook' after around one and a half hours and separate the white meat. It's really important that you return the remaining chicken back into the stock and allow it to continue to do it's thing for the outstanding time.

xo tash


  1. Beautiful woman!! Chicken soup is magic when you are sick. I am just getting over strep throat...feel ur pain babe!

  2. This recipe looks divine. I will definitely be trying this out. I hope you start to feel better soon. Hot broth for an achy throat does wonders.


    Molly Jane

    PS. Stop by and say hello! I'm holding a Give Away very soon!:)

  3. I hope you feel better soon. Soup aside, dog kisses will cure you!

  4. Aww, you poor angel, I hope you're much better now!

    Lovely shots of you and the pup!

  5. i totally agree - spending more to have quality ingredients is so worth it! in the US a lot of people neglect their health because of money, but i think our health should get to be a top financial priority. i mean, it's our health!

  6. Sounds yummy and good for you - the perfect combination!!

    Glad it has helped you mend. No fun to be sick.

    Cute pics too!!

  7. I completely agree-homemade chicken broth is a must! This is actually exactly how my mom starts her chicken soup-a cold chicken in a stock pot! I guess it takes longer than most, but I can't imagine it any other way!

  8. aw well I hope you start to feel better. Yum that sounds so good right now, and homemade does make a big BIG difference your right! My mom has some awesome soup dinners as well but she hasnt shared with us kids yet.. hmmm?

  9. I hope you feel better soon! I agree, homemade chicken stock makes all the difference. Winter is the perfect time to make your stocks and sauces for the year. Great post!



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