Saturday, September 08, 2007

Eat spinach - it is good for you!!

I bought a gourmet hen a few days ago. Egg laying hens are often sold for those of us who like to make our own stock, as the meat often is to tough to eat. I prepared my stock and found that even the meat was tender, and with so much stock it was time to make a soup. I made spinach soup for the first time in ages. I had really forgotten how the delicious that was.

Spinach has a bright green colour, and is packed with vitamins and antioxidants that protect our cells from e.g. cancer. Modern science has shown that the amount of antioxidants in spinach even increase as you boil it, so a spinach soup is truly a boost for the body.

Spinach soup is easy to make. As I never use a recipe I may be a little vague when it comes to quantities, but experiment a little in order to find your special blend.

I heated around 50 -75 cl (1-1 1/2 pint) of good chicken stock and added 250 grams (1/2 lb) of spinach leaves. This large mount of leaves will get much smaller as they are subjected to the hot liquid. Allow to heat for a few minutes, and put the stock and spinach into a liquidizer and blend until smooth. Add some sugar to balance the salt and some double cream or sour cream at the end will make this into an easy, tasty and nutritious meal. I even added some boiled chicken meat turning it into a great dinner.

Yesterday I had a pal for dinner and then I also used spinach. I deboned a chicken and filled it with spinach and feta cheese. A great result as the spinach taste mixed with the salty and creamy feta cheese. Try it!

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