This is an old Irish recipe for a warming Chicken soup my Granny used to make in a huge pot over an open fire in Doneraile.
For 4 people you will need
A fresh chicken, (free range for preference) about 2-3lbs.
2 medium Turnips.
A medium Swede.
2 medium Parsnips.
3 large Potatoes (Maris Piper are good).
A large Onion.
A chicken stock cube.
A sprig of Thyme, Rosemary and a Bay Leaf
Salt & Pepper to taste.
Put the chicken in a large pot, big enough to fit all the vegetables around it.
Cover the chicken with water and bring to the boil. Peel the Turnips, Swede and Parsnips and cut into large chunks. Wash the carrots and potatoes and chop the same. Wash the Leek and chop into 1" pieces. Peel and chop the Onion.
When the water boils crumble the stock cube in and add all the vegetables and herbs making sure all the contents are covered, adding more boiling water if necessary. Bring the heat down to a simmer cover the pan and let it "smile" for about 2 hours.
The soup is ready when the chicken falls off the bones and the veg are soft.
Serve in large soup bowls with some warm homemade soda bread.
Enjoy. Cissy x