Thursday, 4 November 2010

Swiss Oatmeal Soup with Chicken and Vegetables and a Thank You Note!


Nothing is more comforting than a bowl of hot steaming soup and a rustic bread to dunk in to it on a cold winter evening. On such a cold evening I decided to make my favourite Cauliflower and Potato Soup when my hubby put forward his suggestion of having a thick, creamy chicken soup and not a chicken and sweet corn soup that I make on a regular basis! I din't even ask his opinion as I knew he would come up with some non-veg plan and ruin my already set mind of making cauliflower and potato soup. He was adamant on having chicken soup that was of some creamy consistency and I came up (had to come up) with these. It is a modified version of Swiss oatmeal soup that I got from one of my old scribbled recipes and I just sneaked some chicken in it! I don’t really know if it is appropriate to call it a Swiss Soup anymore. Anyways, here is the recipe that made way to another good soup in my kitchen.

Swiss Oatmeal Soup with Chicken and Vegetables
Serve 6
Ingredients:
1 large potato peeled and diced (315g, 1 ¾ cups)
2 medium carrots diced (230g, 1 1/3 cups)
1 large onion chopped (165g, 1 cup)
1 fat garlic clove, chopped
270g Chicken on bone (I used a large legpiece)
3 dry bay leaves
2 cubes of chicken maggi bouillon
3 cup boiling water
1/3 cup Quaker Oats
2 Tablespoon butter
1 Tablespoon Olive oil
½ cup whole milk (optional) or water

Preparations:

1. Place a non-stick saucepan on medium heat and add oil+butter. Add bay leaves and oats and sauté for 3-4 minutes or until it starts changing colour or lightly coloured.

2. Add all vegetables and sauté for 2-3 minutes adding few tablespoons of water when it starts sticking to the pan. (I added 1/3 cup of water here.)

3. Add chicken cubes, chicken and water. Cook until chicken is very well cooked and starts falling off the bone. Take it out using a slotted spoon and shred it into titbits and keep it aside. Discard the bone.

4. Using a potato masher, lightly mash the vegetables to make a chunky soup. Add chicken, boil for 3-4 minutes. Add milk, stir to combine and turn off the heat. Serve hot alongside any rustic bread like garlic bread, foccassia, Ciabatta etc.

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This post also comes along with a Thank you note to my lovely reader and a friend - Nasi who tries my recipes and sends me pictures whenever possible. After I posted the recipe of BFG, she immediately tried it on the very same day (including assembling and decorating) and sent me a surprising mail with gorgeous pictures of her creation. Along with Black Forest Gateaux, Celebration chocolate cake, Orange cake, Cardamom and Pistachio Cookies are some of them that she tried with success. Thank You Nasi for your constant support and encouragement. It means alot to me. Below is her mail that that she sent me few days back and the pictures she shot. Don’t they look perfect?


"I baked the cake the moment I saw it on your blog. I couldn’t resist!!!It was not for the eating part but for the thrill of baking it. I didn’t have cherries with me and I didn’t use them as I don’t like them in my cake ( I know this can’t be called as a black forest cake!!!).I also used sugar syrup instead of cherry syrup and also use Raspberry jam as decoration instead of the cherries...I know mine is not anywhere close to yours but I enjoyed making it very much.......and the taste??....It was delicious and I felt it tasted much better the next day after it was refrigerated...it was soft and delicious.....enjoyed every bit..The photos are taken from my mobile...but I hope at least you could get a glance of how my cake looked....Thanks a ton for the easy recipe......."

 

Thank You for stopping by!

15 comments:

An Open Book said...

thats an amazing picture..im now struggling with photography cos it gets dark by 4 :(

Hasna said...

Let me be the first to comment!! ws browsing ur blog to send link to ur tiramisu recipe to a friend of mine that i saw ur soup....hd tried oats & chicken soup always ,,but not potatoes...luks delicious & yummy...shud bookmark ths for d winter ahead!! & i mst say...u ve gt such lovely fans!!! hats off to her...

http://hasnasdelights.blogspot.com

Sayantani said...

awesome soup recipe....and the picture is like always Gorgeous.

Sayantani said...

awesome soup recipe....and the picture is like always Gorgeous.

Pushpa said...

Mmmm I love soups,looks so tempting and delicious....

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Cardamom Hills said...

Hey, wonder if you did not see my last comment. An award is waiting for you at my blog...please collect it!! =) n about the recipe u just posted...wat is bouillon? chicken stock? n can we add powdered oats instead of flakes? will it get lumpy?

Suja Sugathan said...

Soup looks so delicious and inviting..so nice
Nasi's cake looks great...lovely

Bergamot said...

The soup looks really comforting

JayP said...

I have never heard of putting oats into soup before but I've got to say, the photo looks like a true winter's day soup. The weather's getting colder here now so we might have to try this - good comfort food; especially with some freshly baked bread! :)

Priya said...

Thats a healthy and comforting soup for cold evenings..

Nasi said...

Awww ... Thankyou shabs.... :) thats really kind of u:)

Kairali sisters said...

Thats a bowl of goodness for sure, its perfect weather for soup here shabs...

Nitha said...

Lovely click.. and that soup looks great..

Gulmohar said...

Wonderful soup and lovely clicks...It's so nice of your friend :-)
Hope you are all settled in the new place by now.

Gulmohar said...

Uh oh..seems like you didn't get the comment I tried to send :(
That's a wonderful bowl of soup. Loved the clicks too..It was so nice of your friend to send the pics :-)

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