In the meantime, Have a recipe. (Tweeps may be tired of me and my soups by now, but damn I make good soup...)
Thai-Style Chicken & Noodle Broth
100g Chicken Breast (1 large or 2 small)
300ml Chicken stock
Carrot (sliced finey/julienned)
1 small red chilli
Syboes (Spring Onions)
The proper recipe:
-Bring the stock to the boil, reduce to simmer.
-Add the diced chicken, lemongrass, chilli and ginger. Simmer for 10 minutes.
-Add carrot and cook for 3 minutes.
-Add broccoli and cook for 2 minutes.
-Season with salt, pepper, fish sauce, soy sauce and lime juice.
-Serve with coriander and spring onions.
-Boil up some chicken stock (if you have the time to make it yourself, bravo, I don't have the patience so I use Oxo cubes. I also add a vegetable Oxo cube to kick it up a little. I prefer Oxo cubes because they don't have as much salt as other stock cubes and I'm not a fan of salt. But it's up to you!)
-Dice up the chicken as well as you can into teensy pieces and add to the stock along with the chilli (I couldn't get fresh chilli when I made this once and used a 'Daily Grind - dried chilli and garlic' mix from Iceland (shop, not volcano prone country). It also has sea salt and black pepper in it. Worked really quite well.)
-Add a teaspoon each of 'easy ginger' and 'easy lemongrass'. (Mine are Sainsbury's own but you can get them in pretty much every supermarket. They're basically the cheating way of cooking with lemongrass and ginger because they're already all grated and whatever, meaning you don't have to fish out lemongrass stalks...)
-After 10 minutes, add the harder vegetables you are using (carrots, other root veg).
-One track later on your CD (yes, I listen to music when cooking and use it as a timer when I'm not baking...) add the broccoli/cauliflower/sweetcorn/softer veg.
-Simmer for a short track (or a couple of minutes...)
-Season by adding some fish sauce (a slosh, I don't have a proper measurement, hold the bottle up and slosh some in...), slightly less soy sauce, the juice of half a lime and salt and pepper - seriously, taste it at this point. There's no way I can tell you how much to add or what you'll need. Taste it - if it tastes right, you're fine; if not, add something.
-Scissor up some syboes (Spring Onions) and serve these on top. Yes, I'm ignoring the coriander (cilantro) because IT TASTES LIKE SOAP!!!!
As you can tell by the picture, I also added some noodles to make this into a meal. The ones I used were dried egg noodles that cook in three minutes. I added them when I added the sweetcorn and broccoli - totally up to you if you want them or not. Worked really well though!
When I made this one I got a pack of veg reduced to 50p from the Co-Op. Normally I'd have the carrots in strips but hey, that's really down to presentation not taste. *grins*