Saturday, 21 May 2011

...a sweetcorn hater.

First of all, thank you for everyone's really lovely comments on the last post. Empathy and insight are alive and well in the blogosphere it seems. :)

Now, with regards to the post title. I hate sweetcorn. I hate every form of it. It's too sweet, and it is all membraney on the outside and squishy on the inside. I hate peas for the same reason.

Dave, however loves sweetcorn. He has been bemoaning the fact that Covent Garden Soup Co have stopped doing thier sweetcorn chowder for a couple of years. So on Sunday, while Dave was doing thesis work and we were both trying to make the plan(s), I gave in and decided to try to make some. And make it so that I could eat it too. Handily, It also used up chicken leftovers, stuffing and stock made from the carcass. I think by not using seafood stock, I might be cheating, but chicken is what I had.

Sweetcorn and Chicken Chowder

600g sweetcorn (half tinned, half cut from cobs in my case)
300g cooked chicken (leftovers)
1 onion (baked in quarters)
2 cloves of garlic (baked whole)
1/2tsp fresh ground pepper
1.5l chicken stock
1/2pt milk

  •  I baked the onion and the garlic inside a roast chicken, if you aren't using leftovers, dice and fry for 5 mins on a medium heat in a soup pan.
  •  Put the rest of ingredients in, turn up heat and bring to the boil. 3. Turn down, simmer for 25 minutes till liquid has reduced and thickened.
  • I blended it till it was quite smooth, but if you like soup on the chunky side, whizz it for a wee bit to thicken slightly and leave chunks.

I am really pleased with this, I think I may have been converted slightly. The pepper takes the edgy off the sweetness, and blending it got rid of the texture issue. The chicken flavour cuts through too, though Dave said he thought it still very sweetcorny in flavour. I'm calling this one a win!


Elizabeth@rosalilium said...

Interesting. I love sweetcorn, but have never thought to make soup with this. But I see this being something I might like. I'll give this a go sometime soon. Thanks!x

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

I like sweetcorn, but I can see what you mean... I am more of a savory person than a sweet person so I can see how you wouldn't like it... That soup sounds so good, though!

Alison Cross said...

The thing about sweetcorn is that it goes out in the same condition as it goes in, which is mind-boggling given the ferocity of our stomach acids!

I am quite keen on sweetcorn though, so shall give the recipe a bit of a whirl :-)

Well done on making something that Dave loves and you loathe - shows you LUFF him!!!

Ali x

Isle of Tea said...

Nom nom nom! Trying this!

Young at Heart said...

oooh sounds delicious!!

xmisslorix said...

MMM that looks yummy, I'm the same with you about sweetcorn, I kinda like it but the texture is a bit weird for me, same with peas and some beans. I don't know why.

The soup looks tasty though I might give it a go one day.

You should deffo do a Whats in my bag post I'd love to see it, I'm so nosy incase people use stuff I'm missing out on.

annelise said...

I love sweetcorn but hate soup! :) Aren't we funny? (Humans in general, that is. Not you and I, specifically.)

Gaynor {Our Day by Design} said...

Mmmm sounds yummy i like soup & sweetcorn so think this would be fab!