Homemade Polish style chicken soup! My mum has been making this ever since I was a baby.
I bought an organic chicken (totally worth the extra $$) and covered it with water in a large pot and simmered it for approx 1.5hrs, skimming the impurities off the surface from time to time).
I then added an onion (which I had browned for flavour), celery, parsley stalks, 1 bay leaf, a few pimentos & black peppercorns and continued to cook it for 30 mins. I then added my carrots and cooked it until the carrots were tender.
I removed the chicken from the pot onto a plate and removed the flesh from the bones...it just fell apart... gorgeous!
I strained the soup to get a beautiful clear broth!
Sure, I may not have cooked it for 12 hrs to get the maximum nutrition out of the bones however, I know it's nutritious as the soup was like jelly when I removed it from the fridge the following day. That's all the gelatin which is so beneficial for the health of our gut. The fat had settled on top of the soup and I was able to scrape it off.
In addition to the gelatin, chicken broth contains lots of minerals that can be easily absorbed.
As soon as it was ready, I poured it into a large mug and drank it for afternoon tea.