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Asian chicken soup and homemade baked beans

This week I have two comforting and hearty recipes that work great for either lunch or dinner. The homemade baked beans recipe is full of flavour and is a great alternative to shop–bought beans that are packed full of artificial additives. Trust me, these are well worth the wait.

The second dish is a warming Asian soup. The days may be getting brighter but there’s still a chill in the air and this soup is the perfect dish on a cold and blustery day. Enjoy.


(Serves 4)

1 litre chicken stock, for which you will need:


juices and bones from one cooked chicken

1 onion, chopped

1 carrot, chopped

2 celery sticks, chopped

1 bunch of parsley

Salt and pepper

1.5 litres of water

Place ingredients into a large pot and bring to the boil, then cook on a medium heat for four hours. Sieve the ingredients into a suitable container; when cooled the stock can be kept in the fridge for a few days in an airtight container such as a Kilner jar.

For the soup:

Cooked meat from your roast chicken (Visit James St Facebook page for the perfect roast chicken recipe).

3 garlic cloves, chopped

3 chillis, deseeded and chopped

20g fresh ginger, grated

150g sweetcorn

2 pak choi, chopped

75ml soy sauce

100g fresh egg noodles

Chicken stock (see above)


Place all the ingredients except the noodles into a large pot and and heat through on a medium heat. Add the noodles once the pak choi is al dente. Ladle into soup bowls and serve with chilli on the side.


(Serves 4)

400g cannellini beans

400g butter beans

400g chopped tomatoes

1 tsp smoked paprika

200g brown sugar

160ml red wine vinegar

240ml dark ale

Oil for grease

Sourdough to serve


Preheat the oven to 120C and grease a baking dish. Place all the ingredients into the baking dish and mix well. Cover with tinfoil and place in oven; this is a slow cooking dish so if it becomes dry add a little more ale.

After three hours remove from the oven and serve on toasted sourdough. Serve with dried chilli.

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