Jack Monroe is an incredible human being. She struggled through severe poverty with her young son for several years. During those years, she blogged about her experiences and her efforts to fed her child. Eventually, she caught the attention of the media and was approached to write a cookbook. They did.
While the cookbook was a "success", Jack still struggled in poverty. Since then, she has written several cookbooks including Tin Can Cook Cookbook. This book is special because Jack wrote it for others who have to survive on food bank donations. He also started a GoFundMe account so her followers could donate money to purchase the cookbook for food banks in the UK.
The GoFundMe account has purchased 1000s of cookbooks for several foodbanks and their clients.
Creamy Chicken Soup
(Adapted from: Jack Monroe's Tin Can Cook, Creamy 'Chicken' Soup)
I loved the idea of this soup. It sounded easy, healthy, and tasty. But, sadly, I could not find pease pudding. So, I sorta learned how to make it by accident.
DIY Pease Pudding
Because I could not find pease pudding, my sister got me a small bag of split yellow peas.
I had no idea what to do next, so I put some in a bowl, covered them with water, then put the lid on the bowl and stuck them in the frig.
I went back to the frig several times to add more water as the peas did soak up the water but the peas remained hard.
The next day, I decided to put the peas in a pot, cover them with water and, bring them to a rapid boil on my sister’s gas stove. Then, I reduced the temperature to simmer.
At first, the pot boiled over with a white foam. I was not expecting this. I spooned off the foam and continued to simmer the peas.
After over an hour, the peas finally became mushy and the water got thick.
I did add some turmeric but I actually liked it plain.
I wasn’t ready to make the soup, so I poured the mixture into a bowl with a lid, let it cool, then added the lid and put it in the frig.
Creamy Chicken Soup
Again, I noted metric conversions and my substitutions.
Estimated measurements for milk and bouillon
220g Pease pudding, 220g = 8oz
-I actually made a whole lot more, see picture
1 can Hot Chicken bouillon est 14oz
-I used 1/2 a chicken bouillon and a 1/2 can of LO creamy chicken soup
Consider a vegetable bouillon cube to keep soup vegetarian.
1 can Milk est 8oz
-I eyeballed the amount of milk because I had used a lot of pease pudding. I added enough milk to make the mixture soupy.
1 Tbspn Garlic paste
-I used a Tspn of minced garlic
I added 6-8 dashes of an onion and herbs spice
I added about a cup of minced cooked chicken, optional.
Black pepper, optional
Remember, other than the chicken bouillon cube, the original recipe did not have any chicken.
Add pease pudding to medium sized pan.
Add creamy chicken soup.
Add 1/3 of milk.
Add minced garlic.
Stir and mix well.
Cook on medium on hotplate.
Stir vigorously to make the mixture smooth.
Gradually add remaining milk.
Add chicken bits.
Reduce heat to low, so milk does not boil.
Before serving, I increased the temperature to get soup warm-hot just before serving.
When serving season with ground black pepper.