Friday, July 20, 2007

Toops tip for keeping warm this winter

The days just seem to be getting colder! House hunting can be a difficult
time and now that we are well and truly in the midst of winter with the real
estate market in full swing, it doesn¹t make this process any easier.

So to help prepare you for an afternoon out in the cold trekking between
open inspections, here¹s one of our favourite soup recipes to warm you up!

Hearty Chicken & Vegetable Soup

Ingredients (serves 6)
€ 2 tablespoons olive oil
€1 leek, halved, washed, thinly sliced
€ 2 garlic cloves, crushed
€ 1 large carrot, peeled, diced
€ 2 sticks celery, diced
€ 2 small zucchini, diced
€ 1 turnip, peeled, diced
€ 1 1/4 cups dry soup mix, rinsed
NB: Packet dry soup mix is a combination of split peas and lentils.
You can find it near the chickpeas in the supermarket
€ 8 cups chicken stock
€ 1kg skinless chicken legs

1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add leek and
garlic. Cook, stirring for 2 minutes or until soft but not
coloured. Add carrot, celery, zucchini and swede. Cook for 2
minutes. Stir in soup mix, stock, chicken and 1 cup cold
water. Increase heat to high. Bring to the boil.
2. Reduce heat to low. Simmer, partially covered (stirring
occasionally) for 1 hour or until soup mix and vegetables are
3. Remove chicken legs from soup. Allow to cool slightly. Remove
meat from bones. Roughly chop chicken meat and add to soup.
Season with salt and pepper. Ladle soup into warmed bowls. Serve
with hot buttered rolls ­ Yum!
While you enjoy this delicious soup, get out your mobile phone, log on to and plan your afternoon of Toop&Toop viewings
Anthony Toop, Managing Director

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