Huh…in case you’re wondering why it’s two for one day here at RFFMT, it’s because I only realised that I hadn’t posted this recipe for Chicken Chowder which I wrote weeks ago, when I went to post my Pieathalon recipe. So here is my belated Chicken Chowder.
The A-Z of Cooking has not been kind to me recently. So, even though I LOVE soup and we are in the middle of winter so it’s perfect soup weather, I had my hesitations about trying something from the chapter called “Soups to Make a Meal”. There were three options. Lentil Soup, Minestrone and Chicken Chowder. I feel like I just made George Harrison’s Dark House Lentil Soup, the picture of the minestrone looked vile – and the recipe called for weird inclusions like turnips, parsnips and swedes which have their place (which is mostly in the garbage) but never in a minestrone. Not on my watch anyway. So Chicken Chowder it was.
At the time, i wasn’t overly concerned that there were no photos of the said chicken chowder. You can’t photograph everything right? Well, not in 1977 anyway. As I was to find out, the omission quite possibly had more to do with a factor of the chicken chowder rather than any sort of 1970’s austerity measure.
Before we get to the lows, let’s talk about life (and soup) highs. I was immensely proud and somewhat baffled by being named one of Feedspot’s Top 100 food bloggers of 2017. I’m still waiting for an email saying something along the lines of “Sorry Ms Fryer, there has been a terrible mistake and we have dealt with the offenders appropriately” but in the meantime? I’m doing a happy dance!
Awwwwww……he wasn’t even my President and I miss him to death! How adorable is his happy dance? And that cheeky little smile at the end? Too. Much.
But I digress. Chicken Chowder. The highs. This tasted deeeee – licious. It was everything you want in a hearty winter soup. Tasty, thick, creamy, filled with chicken and veg…..perfect comfort food to combat the cold weather blues!
So much for the highs. What they don’t tell you in food blogging school…or maybe they do, I wouldn’t know, is that sometimes, things that taste really good – (Souper anyone? Anyone? Am I ladleing it on too thick? Do I need to take stock?) sometimes just look a little bit shit when you try to photograph them. Which is why I spent WAAAAAAAYYYYY too many hours trying not to make my chicken chowder look like big bowls of vom.
Oh. My. Lord.
The very things that made the chicken chowder delicious – creamy, chunky, diced veg….all combined to make the first….hmmm…let’s say 20 photos….. all look like someone had just thrown up rather neatly into a plate. I really, really hope that the photos I ended up with don’t share that attribute. But just in case you think I exaggerating, I will post one of the early versions right at the end. Kind of makes me think that The A-Z of Cooking knew what it was doing when it conveniently didn’t have a photo of this hot mess!
I used carrots, leeks and potatoes as my root vegetables. Otherwise, here is the recipe direct from 1977!
Ye of faint stomachs, look away now…here is one of vomitous photos.
What a difference a bowl makes!