So Juicy Tomato says, ”Our kids don’t eat enough fruit and vegetables.” I nod, and reply, “Yes, but they both have really good singing voices and NASA’s space shuttle has only two launches until the program finishes and is replaced by the X-33. And, I need some new glasses but aren’t complaining.” She just stared at me.
Lately I’ve had some shocking failures in my attempts to get the kids to eat vegetables. There’s the old favourites like the bolognese with heaps of grated undercover vegetables, but not every night.
Anyway, the kids went for a sleepover the other night at the Beasa’s. Lynda made this most fantastic chicken soup and Moo gobbled it down. I don’t think that it was her recipe but she deserves the credit. I made it tonight and even The Menace had two bowls.
Lynda’s Chicken Soup.
1 litre good chicken stock
500g chicken thigh fillets
4 cloves of garlic
1 large leek
2 sticks of celery
1 medium carrott
1 good handful each of rocket and baby spinach
Cut the nag nang bits from the chicken and poach it in the stock until cooked then put aside and remove the stock to another bowl.
A good lug of olive oil and gently fry leeks and garlic, add celery, carrots, put the lid on and sweat off until tender.
Return stock and chicken, add chopped spinach and rocket, cook gently for about five minutes. Turn off the heat and add the basil pesto and salt and pepper to taste. I used about three table spoons of pesto. Top with parmesan cheese.
It’s very green but that didn’t put the kids off. Job done. Fish and chips tonight.