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    Ginger chicken soup with lemon and artichoke

    This recipe derives from a popular traditional dish from Zanzibar – the Arabs carried ginger there on trade routes in the 13th and 14th centuries. You could use tofu instead of chicken, but do use good stock – I make mine in advance and freeze it in batches, ready to use for soups such as this. If you have any leftover artichoke, keep it in the fridge and have it in a salad the next day.


    • 2 tbsp Olive oil
    • 1 tbsp Butter
    • 1 Large onion, chopped
    • 2 Bay leaves
    • 2 Garlic cloves, halved lengthways
    • 2 Carrots, halved lengthways
    • 1 Leek, cut into chunks
    • 2 Celery sticks, cut into chunks
    • 4 Cloves
    • 1.5 litres Chicken stocks
    • 500g Chicken breasts, skinless and boneless
    • 1 Baby globe artichoke
    • 3cm Fresh root ginger, 2cm wide, peeled and thinly sliced
    • 2 Preserved lemons, pips removed, finely chopped
    • ½ tsp Ground ginger
    • 2 tbsp Chopped flat-leaf parsley


    1. Heat the olive oil and butter in a large saucepan, then fry the onion until soft. Add the bay leaves, garlic, carrots, leek, celery and cloves, and season. Pour in the stock, bring to the boil, then add the chicken breasts and simmer for 20 minutes.
    2. Meanwhile, boil the artichoke in plenty of well-salted water for 30 minutes. Remove and set upside-down to drain. Separate the leaves and discard the choke.
    3. Strain the stock; set the chicken aside and shred with a fork.
    4. Reheat the stock, adding the slices of ginger, preserved lemon and ground ginger. Bring to the boil, reduce to a simmer and add the shredded chicken and artichoke leaves. Heat through for about 5 minutes. Serve topped with a sprinkling of parsley.

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    Drinks recommendation

    Ginger is wonderful with the aromatic flavours of muscat, and this example is fresh and has plenty of citrus flavours to balance the lemon. It’s great-value, interesting and
    refreshing. Terre al Sole Zibibbo 2008 Sicily,
    Italy. Bin 514212; £6.99.


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