Chicken Soup Anyone

Next to hot chicken soup, a tattoo of an anchor on your chest, and penicillin, I consider a honeymoon one of the most overrated events in the world.

Erma Bombeck


In the middle Ages, chicken soup was believed to be an aphrodisiac.

Tilly: All Jewish mothers know this this false. Chicken soup is the cure for colds.

Olive: Tilly, it was the Middle Ages.

Tilly: And they didn’t have colds in the Middle Ages? Oy vey.

“A Jewish woman had two chickens. One got sick, so the woman made chicken soup out of the other one to help the sick one get well.” – Henny Youngman

If chicken soup was an aphrodisiac then this soup will turn anyone on…

Tilly: Beware who you invite to eat it is all I can say.

Olive: Oh Tilly, I am making a list.

Tilly: Beats dating agencies …

It is easy to make vegan… omit meat and use veggie broth.

Tilly: But then it wouldn’t be chicken soup!


And if this does turn you on… please keep it to yourself.

Tilly: The ingredients are definitely inviting.

Olive: Tilly, inviting?

Tilly: Definitely.

Olive and Tilly

Vermicelly Soop

Take two Quarts of good Broth, made of Veal and Fowl, put to it about half a Quarter of a Pound of Vermicelly, a bit of Bacon stuck with Cloves; take the bignefs of half an Egg of Butter, and rub it together with half a Spoonful of Flower, and ’dissolve it in a little Broth to thicken your Soop;, boil a Pullet or Chicken for the middle of the Soop ; let your Garnishing be a Rim, on the Outside of it cut a Lemon, soak your Bread in your Dish with some of the same Broth; take the Fat off, and put your Vermicelly in your Dish, and serve it up.

from: Court cookery: or, The compleat English cook

1725, Robert Smith

Tilly: Just love the measurement of ‘the bigness of half an egg of butter’ – imagine seeing that in today’s recipes.

Or you can make this easy version of this aphrodisiac:

Chicken Noodle Soup


Serves 8 (Yes, I know that would be an orgy)

Tilly: Nah – doesn’t have the same orgasmic ingredients!

Olive: Orgasmic ingredients? And they are?

Tilly: Read vermicelli soop again, Olive … delectable flavours.

1 (46 ounce) can chicken broth / 1304,07 gr

1/2 lb boneless skinless chicken, cubed / 226.79 gr

2 cups uncooked egg noodles / 473.18 ml

1 cup sliced carrot / 236.59 ml

1/2 cup chopped onion / 118.29 ml

1/3 cup sliced celery / 78.07 ml

1 teaspoon dill weed / 4.92 ml

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper / 1.23 ml


1 Throw it all in a big saucepan and simmer 20 minutes.

Options: If you feel the need you may pre-cook the noodles and serve separately and let them fill their own bowls.

Tilly: But that defeats the ‘throw it all in a big saucepan for 20 minutes’! Twenty minutes is plenty, plenty time for the noodles to cook. Why make work …

Olive: Oh heavens we have agreed again.

Tilly: Nice, innit?

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