Firstly, I made chicken noodle soup, with left overs from a chicken roast. Very thrifty of me.
To call it a recipe is to overcook it (pardon the pun), but here it is nonetheless.
Left over chicken carcass or chicken pieces.
2 sticks of celery
2 packets of chicken noodle soup mix!!
Simmer the chicken carcass, 1 carrot, 1 celery stick, 1 onion, bayleaves and the peppercorns in about 3 litres of water for about an hour.
Strain off all the solid ingredients, retaining the stock and the carcass.
If you have time, let it go completely cold and remove the solidifed fat. If you don't have time, drape a piece of clingfilm over the surface (the fat will stick to the film). Remove carefully so the fat doesn't slide off and back into your soup.
Finely chop the remaining onion, carrot and celery. Add to the soup with the noodle mix. Pick all the meat off the carcass and add that too. Simmer for 10 minutes or so. Viola!
I am totally enamoured with bircher muesli at the moment. I was buying it at the supermarket, but its $3.00 a pop and the tubs are so tiny, that I was following a tub with a muffin or similar mid morning, which of course totally defeats the purpose of a good breakfast and contributes to my own muffin like counternance.
After a bit of googling and trial and error, here's my definitive bircher muesli recipe. I'd take a photo of it, but I defy any food stylist to make it look like anything other than cat puke.
2 cups whole rolled oats
1/4 cup dessicated (or as my brother used to call it - designated) coconut
1/2 tea spoon of cinnamon
1 cup orange juice
2 cups plain yogurt
1 tablespoon honey
1 Granny Smith grated
1 cup of milk
Combine all ingredients except the milk. Refrigerate over night.
Add the cup of milk the next day and serve. I like mine topped with toasted slivered almonds and strawberries.
This makes enough to last about a week, although I've also been dipping into it of an evening, which has cut it down a bit. I figure its got to be better than my usual after dinner snack of Chicken in a Biscuit washed down with a glass of red.