La Chatte Gitane (or The Gypsy Cat) was the name we chose for our cottage in France. We chose it while on the road, moving home, from Ireland to France with 2 dogs and 7 cats in the car.
This blog began its insignificant life as a recipe book for friends and family who would ask me repeatedly for a recipe of this, that and the other.
Since then it has taken many different directions, like gypsies tend to do. Sometimes making a U-turn and revisiting familiar roads and taking a break when necessary.
You'll find recipes here, but also musings about the places we've called home, the gardens that we've established, not always successfully, the homes we've improved and the environments we've lived in. Currently, that is back in Ireland.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Chicken Soup

After 'the family gathering' the one Sunday, Monday I had to wrap up the 2 chicken run terrorists for the freezer.
From the carcasses I made a stock that day (see recipe here )

A simple recipe for a fragrant, clear chicken soup.

  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 leek, cleaned and finely sliced
  • 2 medium sized carrots, cubed ( 1 cm)
  • 300 grs frozen peas
  • 1 handful of chopped fresh chervil
  • 3 liters of chicken stock
  • 200 grs chicken pieces, cooked
  • Vegetable oil
  • Seasoning
  •  Sautee the onion in a little vegetable oil, add leeks, carrots and leave on a low heat for another few minutes.
  • Pour in the stock, cook until the vegetables are tender/al dente.
  • Add the peas in the last few minutes, together with the chervil.
  • Take the soup of the heat and add the pieces of chicken.  They only need heating through. If you boil them they will get tough.
  • Season with sea salt and freshley ground black pepper.


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Patricia xxx...x



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