Chicken Noodle Soup

Ingredients 200g Smoked bacon lardons 200g baby potatoes, quartered 2 large carrots, diced 3 sticks celery, chopped 1 large leek, chopped 1 tbsp butter 4 chicken breast fillets, cut into chunks 2 tsp dried parsley 2 ltr vegetable stock 300g egg noodles 200g pearl barley Salt and pepper to taste Method Melt the butter in a pot Cook the bacon until it is browned Add the chicken and cook until browned Add the vegetables, barley, parsley, and stock Season with salt and pepper Cover and simmer for an hour and a quarter Add the noodles and cook for another 15 mins

Chunky Vegetable Soup

Ingredients Beef shin on the bone Knob of butter 2 leeks 4 sticks celery 4 carrots 4 large potatoes 1 mugful of barley soup mix 1 ltr homemade veg stock 1 ltr water Method Melt the butter in a large pot Brown the meat on both sides, then remove from the heat Tip in the vegetables and barley soup mix Add the stock and water Season to taste Bring to the boil, turn down, cover and simmer for 90 mins