• Organic
  • Vegetarian
  • Grass Fed
  • No Packaging
  • Plastic Free

One of the best things about Farm-direct is that they have understood how to get the best out of meat and provide value for money as well as quality.  The raw carcass of a large, superb quality chicken will cost you only 79p and forms the base for this wonderfully nourishing, tasty soup.  It makes a big potful, which you might think would form 2 meals for 4 – but my family loved this so much they polished the lot off in one sitting with crusty bread.  If that doesn’t recommend it to you, nothing will!

1 chicken carcass
2 onions, halved but not peeled
2 cloves of garlic, peeled but left whole
2 large carrots, peeled and quartered
2 leeks trimmed and cut into 4 pieces each
2 teaspoons salt
5 black peppercorns
2-3 sprigs fresh thyme
1 bayleaf, torn in 2

1) Get out your biggest saucepan and put all of the above into it.  Pour over about 3 litres of cold water, it must cover all the ingredients. 

2) Bring to the boil and then turn down the heat to minimum.

3) Put the lid on and let it simmer for around 3 hours.  I like to let this cool and refrigerate it overnight so that the fat rises to the surface and I can skim it off – not necessary but if you’re watching your waistline every bit counts!

4) Lift out the carcass and,using your fingers or a small sharp knife, scrape all the meat into the pan.  Don’t be shy, get in and around all the bones – don’t waste any!  Then slip the outer skins off the onions and discard, leaving the flesh in the pan. 

5) Now get your soup whizzer out and liquidise it.  Reheat and check the seasoning before serving, tongue-searingly hot and glorious.  And remember, chicken soup makes you well........................

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  • Picture of Bay Leaves (5g)

    Packed By Shire Foods, Downham Market, Norfolk

    From Shire Foods, Norfolk

  • Picture of Demeter Gherkins & Garlic (approx 350g)

    From Biona Organics, Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey.

  • Picture of Leeks

    From Seddon & Sons, Homestead Farm, Ormskirk, Lancs.

    No Packaging, Plastic Free

  • Picture of Maldon Sea Salt  (250g)

    From The Maldon Chrystal Salt Co., Maldon, Essex.

    A natural, additive free salt from Maldon, Essex


  • Picture of Sea Salt, coarse  (500g)

    Packed By Shire Foods, Downham Market, Norfolk

    From Shire Foods of Norfolk


  • Picture of Suffolk Carrots (1kg)

    From The Three Musketeers Cooperative, Woodbridge, Suffolk

    No Packaging, Plastic Free

  • Picture of Suffolk Carrots (500g)

    From The Three Musketeers Cooperative, Woodbridge, Suffolk

    No Packaging, Plastic Free

  • Picture of Suffolk Carrots BULK BUY (2kg)

    From The Three Musketeers Cooperative, Woodbridge, Suffolk

    Plastic Free

Jerusalem artichokes (the French call them Topinambours!)are lovely at the moment.  They should beused as soon as possible after picking to get the best flavour.  If you’ve never tried them, they taste a bit like a very tasty potato with a soft, less starchy texture.  Here, they team beautifully and easily with celeriac to make a velvety, comforting soup for 4.


1 medium onion, diced

1 small celeriac, about 300g, peeled and diced

450g Jerusalem artichokes, peeled and diced

Half a teaspoon ground coriander

Quarter teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

Half a teaspoon sea salt

Black pepper

25g butter

1 tbsp olive oil


1) Heat the butter and oil in a large saucepan.  Fry the onion gently for a couple of minutes,then add the spices and other vegetables.

2) Stir-fry these over a medium heat until you start to see the vegetables browning a little and softening.

3) Add one litre of water and bring to the boil.

4) Lower the heat and allow this to simmer for 15 to 20 minutes until the vegetables are tender.

5) Puree the soup with a blender wand or liquidiser and seasonto taste.  If you’re feeling flash you could finish with a swirl of soured cream and some chopped chives. 


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