How to cure all ills and mend a broken heart….or so I am told!

The Zarkos family Chicken and Vegetable SoupIMG_1646

This is a traditional recipe that uses fresh vegetables and half a roasted chicken. Some call it rustic, others call it frugal, still others call it simple. It is rumoured, in our family anyway, to cure all ills, and mend a broken heart.


  • Half a chicken
  • 3 medium sized Potatoes
  • 1/2 a sweet potato
  • 1/2 a swede
  • 2 large carrots
  • 2 sticks of celery
  • 2 large cloves of garlic
  • 1 white onion
  • Teaspoon of double concentrate tomato puree
  • Bay Leaf
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Chili Pepper (depending on the severity of the broken heart)
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Roast half a chicken in the oven for 30 minutes on 140 degrees (fan assisted)


Chop all vegetable up roughly into 3 cm cubes, place in a large flat based pan, I tend to use a paella pot. Glaze with Olive oil, tomato puree and pepper. Cook for 5 minutes on high heat continually stirring.

IMG_1641Add kettle boiled water. (enough to cover vegetables) Gently simmer for further ten minutes, continually add enough water to cover vegetables.
Allow the chicken to cool for 5 minutes and then remove the skin.


Place chicken and all vegetables and juices in large saucepan and completely cover with water. Bring to the boil.

IMG_1643Simmer for an hour. Best served with fresh crusty bread and butter. I tend to cook it in the morning, the reheat it for supper.



Tagged: , , , , , , , , ,

3 thoughts on “How to cure all ills and mend a broken heart….or so I am told!

  1. […] Instead I did what I think I do best, I cooked. All good Cypriot girls know how to make Chicken and Vegetable Soup. It is simple, easy, cheap and cures all ills. (or so my mother told me). I have a whole heap of […]

  2. slippah December 6, 2012 at 7:32 pm Reply

    Not sure how Mr Grumpy can be unhappy when he is fed like this….? Are you sure he’s not a secret veggie..
    Keep them coming please 🙂 do you have any bread recipies?

  3. Bianca Tarbet-Keeble December 6, 2012 at 7:52 pm Reply

    I will put some bread recipes up over the weekend. And I think Mr Grump just likes being grumpy 🙂

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Seven Wild And Free

Vegan, Ultra Running, Single Momma to 6 Amazing Littles! Adventuring is what we do!

My Patronus Is Coffee

Life is Messy. Send Coffee and Posh.


This site like all journeys started with the first three steps


Writing About Addiction, Treatment & Recovery

Writing for God's glory.

Thoughts pretty much on everything, but every time connected to the Author of Life.A topnotch site

Mike's Film Talk

Entertainment: Film, Television, Books

Blogging mummy

Busy Mummy with a beautiful little boy

A.J. Viola's Blog

Someone said I should start a blog...I'll let you decide if that was a good idea


Writing, Parenting, Cake


a blog by Martin Thompson


parenting, photography, politics... and anything else that takes my fancy

frugalfeeding | Low Budget Family Recipes, UK Food Blog

n. frugality; the quality of being economical with money or food.

Brain-Dead Mom

Returning to the land of the living one conversation topic at a time.

the ramblings

a history of loud mouths

Raising My Rainbow

Adventures in raising a fabulously gender creative son.

domestic diva, M.D.

my mother raised the perfect housewife...then I went to med school

%d bloggers like this: