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  1. My Mum’s Chicken Soup by Jane Devonshire

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    It is such a privilege for us to be able to share this heirloom of a recipe from Jane Devonshire. Here is what Jane’s story behind this comforting family recipe…

    A while ago I posted a photo of my chicken soup and since then have been asked numerous times to publish the recipe. This is one of my real family favourites that I often cook when my kids are a bit run down, sick or feeling in need of a bit of a pick me up.

    So, here it is… It’s very simple. I’ve reproduced it exactly as my Mum taught me and exactly as I remember my Nanny making it – stock cubes and all. I really hope it brings a little goodness and comfort to you too; it’s such a family staple.

    Please note I have given you quantities but it really is not an exact recipe. It’s definitely a case of throwing things in a cooking pot.

    The recipe below will feed a family of 6 very economically for an evening meal. I usually serve it with dumplings or mashed potato. If you are having it as just a bowl of soup at lunchtime it will go a lot further.

    Kids in the Kitchen

    Stock Cubes – Little fingers like to peel and re-peel so give them the challenge of getting the wrapping off the stock cubes.

    Pearl Barley – Let the kids add the barley into the soup. It’s very tactile and nice to run your fingers through. Tip – you may need a few more kid sized handfuls though! Another option for the younger kids get them their own pot or bowl and if you have some extra barley or rice let them play with the barley for longer. Giving them a spoon, measuring cup etc to encourage them to continue mixing/playing.

    Recipe Courtesy Jane Devonshire MasterChef Champion 2016

    Serves: 6

    Cooking Time: 1.5-2 hours

    Difficulty: Easy


    Equipment


    Ingredients

    • 1 medium sized chicken, 1.75Kg approx
    • 2 onions
    • 1 medium sized swede, 525g approx
    • 525 g of carrots
    • 2 onions
    • 2 leeks
    • 2 packs of liquid chicken stock to cover chicken and veg – If not quite enough I add some water
    • 3-4 Knorr chicken stock cubes
    • 1 – 2 tbsp mixed dried herbs
    • Pearl barley optional  2 – 3 handfuls about 75 g

    Cooking Method

    1. You have 2 options you can ask your butcher if he can joint the chicken into x 8 portions and de-skin. Or, if I am honest I remove all the string etc holding chicken in place and I I cook the chicken whole in the stock etc. After an hour of cooking I carefully remove it from the stock using two carving forks and place into a large bowl or plate. Then using a spoon and a knife I gently remove the skin and break the chicken up into pieces, I discard the skin and return all the rest of the chicken including the bones to the pot for another hour. Please be careful if you do this as it will be boiling hot. You can skip this and leave the skin on if you don’t object to having it in the soup although I find it quite unpleasant.                             
    2. Chop the onion and the leek and add to the pot with the chicken.                     
    3. Add the chicken stock and Knorr stock cubes and mixed dried herbs plus (optional) pearl barley if using. Use extra water to make sure chicken covered.                                          
    4. Put onto simmer on low heat on hob.                                      
    5. Chop swede and carrot and add to the pot as soon as they are ready.               
    6. After an hour remove the chicken from the stock pot, de-skin and joint it – see instructions above.                                                           
    7. Season if necessary at this stage; please remember stock cubes are very salty. I always add some pepper at this stage.                                                
    8. Cook for approx another 1 hour until the chicken is falling off the bone. I serve it with the bones in as we have always eaten it like that but please feel free to remove them if you prefer.  
  2. One Pot Chicken with Tomato, Bacon and Mushrooms by Jane Devonshire

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    We all love a one pot meal and this one by Jane Devonshire is fabulously gluten free. This recipe is a midweek favourite in her household as it’s very easy, tasty, great for freezing and economical too!

    Kids in the Kitchen

    Mushrooms – Chopping the mushrooms can easily be done even by those as young as 2 years old with a butter knife. Even if they don’t eat them they will have the chance to handle them and contribute to the recipe which may make them more likely to try them.

    Rice – Another one for the younger kids, get them to help measure or scoop the rice into a cup then dump it into a pot. Pour some water in to cover and let them use their hands to wash the rice. The water will turn cloudy the first couple of times you wash the rice but then will eventually become clear, then you’re ready to cook it!

    Recipe Courtesy Jane Devonshire MasterChef Champion 2016

    Serves: 4

    Difficulty: Easy


    Equipment


    Ingredients

    • Approx 1kg medium sized chicken thighs de-skinned. The bone in this allows for about x 2 chicken thighs per portion. (If you prefer to use the skinned and boned ones you can buy them in a supermarket. When I can, I prefer to cook chicken on the bone. I buy x 2 standard packs so quantity of chicken thighs can differ)
    • 2 medium sized onions chopped
    • 250g mushrooms (I like to use the big flat field mushrooms but chestnut or button mushrooms work really well too), chopped
    • 200g smoked bacon chopped or Pancetta (You can use ready packaged lardons)
    • 1 pack flat leaf parsley chopped
    • 3 cloves of garlic finely chopped or grated
    • 3 x tins chopped tomatoes
    • Salt and pepper
    • 1 tbsp olive oil
    • Rice to serve

    Cooking Method

    1. Put the onions, mushrooms, chopped bacon, garlic in the casserole dish on the hob with the olive oil, simmer with the lid on until the onions are translucent and juices running out of the ingredients 5 -10 minutes.                                                                            

    2. De-skin the chicken thighs and trim off any fatty bits.                    

    3. Add the chopped tomatoes to the onion and bacon mixture with 2/3 of the chopped parsley.                                                     

    4. Put the chicken thighs into the mixture flattened out and using a   wooden spoon push them so they are completely covered by the sauce.                                                                        

    5. Add salt and pepper to taste. I like to be generous with the pepper but careful with the salt as the bacon is salty.                                    

    6. Put the lid on the casserole dish and place in the oven gas mark 4 between 2 and 2.5 hours depending on the size of the chicken thighs until the meat is tender and falling off the bone, this does depend on the size of the chicken thighs.                                                                 

    7. Cook the rice and serve the chicken on the rice with plenty of sauce over the top. Sprinkle over the remaining parsley.

  3. Cheats Mexican Chilli by Jane Devonshire

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    What Jane says about this recipe… You can’t beat a great chilli and this is my relatively quick mid-week version, using tins of kidney beans in chilli sauce to make it easy and speedier.

    This recipe is also gluten free, we hope you enjoy!

    Kids in the Kitchen

    Chopping – Do you have any chives in your garden? Go on a hunt to find them and cut some to serve on this chilli. Chives should be fairly easy for little ones to cut same with the mushrooms in this recipe.

    Rice – Here is one for the younger kids, get them to help measure or scoop the rice into a cup then dump it into a pot. Pour some water in to cover and let them use their hands to wash the rice. The water will turn cloudy the first couple of times you wash the rice but then will eventually become clear, then you’re ready to cook it!

    Recipe Courtesy Jane Devonshire MasterChef Champion 2016

    Serves: 4-6

    Difficulty: Easy


    Equipment


    Ingredients

    • Vegetable oil
    • 2 onions, roughly chopped
    • 3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
    • 4 white or 2 Portobello mushrooms
    • 1-2 fresh red chillies (omit if serving for kids)
    • 1kg (2lb 4oz) beef mince
    • 540g bottle of passata
    • 4 x 395g tins of kidney beans in chilli sauce (use two kidney beans in chilli sauce and 2 regular cans of kidney beans if cooking for kids)
    • 2 red peppers, seeds removed, chopped
    • Salt and pepper

    To Serve

    • A few sprigs of coriander
    • 240g (8½oz) cooked white or brown rice
    • 75g (2¾oz) Cheddar cheese, grated
    • 125ml (4fl oz) sour cream
    • A small bunch of chives, finely chopped

    Cooking Method

    1. Heat some oil in a large pan and sauté the onions, garlic, mushrooms and chillies – just use 1 and remove the seeds if you don’t like it too hot. Cook down for 10 -15 minutes until the onions are translucent.
    2. Stir in the mince and cook for a few minutes to brown, then stir in the passata, kidney beans in chilli sauce, red peppers and salt and pepper. Simmer for about 2 hours or until the mince is tender and cooked through. 
    3. Garnish with coriander and serve in bowls with rice, some grated Cheddar and the sour cream with the chives mixed in.