All posts tagged: chicken stock

Harissa Roast Chicken & Warming Winter Bone Broth

Sundays throughout Autumn and Winter are for roast dinners in our house… It’s a really great time to come together as a family and the kids love the array of food on offer.  It means they eat well because they have control over their portions and food choices, albeit vegetables are compulsory!  But then aside from the meat it mainly is vegetables, in one form or another… We usually buy a chicken, it’s down to me, I just don’t enjoy very rich red meat, and it’s always free-range & organic.  We are so detached from the process of food production on the whole, but I have an underlying sense of responsibility for the quality of life the animal has lived.  Plus, I just don’t fancy eating the antibiotics & hormones pumped in to the non-organic farmed birds.  It’s seems cruel and it’s certainly has no health benefits for me, in fact probably quite the opposite.  So, with our organic chicken ready for the roast, this week I fancied something a little different, and went with …

Shiitake Mushroom and Thyme Risotto

Risotto follows roast chicken almost always in our house.  Once the chicken is more or less stripped of breast meat I boil the carcass to create a stock.  I have a slightly ‘war time’ attitude to waste.  Being only a generation removed, and the oldest child of a single mother my conscience will not allow me to throw it away… Actually, there’s something quite romantic for me about the idea of generations of women making the most of food, not wasting anything… And the wisdom of those women knowing (without the science we now have) how good it is for their families, from keeping colds and flu at bay to soothing the gut and making hair shine!  Read more about the health benefits of home-made chicken stock here.  There are plenty of recipes on-line for making your own.  Mine really is very simple: Chicken Stock from a roast chicken: Place the carcass in a large pan.  Cut it down if it’s still in one piece.  Cover with water, bring to the boil, put the lid …