Fast supper ideas: No 1

Got home, wet carrying a large framed photo (which luckily wasn’t wet). Having been away for 4 days there wasn’t a great deal of food in the cupboard. Wife is out tonight (Me: “But you’ll leave my tea for me won’t you?” Her: “Yeah, right.”) so it’s a meal for one. In the cupboard there’s a packet of chicken noodle soup. The instructions are in Turkish but how hard can it be to make noodle soup out of a packet? On it’s own this isn’t going to be very nutricous and we’re out of eggs (would have been nice poached in the broth). In the absence of frozen peas I found a tin of chick peas that I added to the soup quite early on. I also chopped a clove of garlic and added that and some black pepper. I fancied it a little spicy so I added some chopped green chilis I’d pickled in my pepper sauce a while ago and that gave it the required kick. It’s not dissimilar to an Italian dish my Italian mother-in-law makes with chick peas, stock and spaghetti. The only thing to watch out for in my version is the MSG in the noodle soup, it could have you sweating like a pig. You could use MSG-free stock cubes and spaghetti.

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