Simple Chicken & Shrimp Tom Yum Soup

A friend of ours recently gave us a few Asian ingredients as she is moving house and needs to downsize!

She knew we loved to cook and would make good use of them! She was right! Our recipe for Simple Chicken & Shrimp Tom Yum Soup was created.

I started googling some of the ingredients she had given us to see how best I could put them to use. I found a few options, but nothing that was jumping out at me. I decided to take the high risk approach and create my own Asian soup recipe! Being the least Asian person I know (!) it was literal guess work and while the result was exceptionally good (even if i do say so myself!) it may not be the most genuine Tom Yum Soup recipe ever created and for that I apologize!


Every recipe I read told me how to make my own tom yum soup base….but I already had that, so I used that as a base and added to it as it was pretty bland. I wanted to make sure the chicken was thin enough and cooked in the same way I as I had eaten in other Asian soups. I turns out the method is to essentially boil the chicken – which I would never think to do usually – but it worked! The chicken absorbed all the delicious flavors of the soup base while it cooked!

This recipe for chicken & shrimp tom yum soup was a huge fluke and yet a real success – that’s the best kind!

I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

Simple Chicken & Shrimp Tom Yum Soup


Serves 6-8

3 quarts water

22 oz (3 packets) Udon noodles (do not use any seasoning packets that may come with the noodles)

1 can baby corn, chopped

2 C finely sliced chicken, uncooked

1 C tail-on shrimp

1 red onion, slivered

1 bell pepper, slivered

2 C mushrooms, sliced

4 tbsp Tom Yum Soup Paste

1 tbsp hot pepper paste

2 tbsp lime juice

2 tbsp thai fish sauce

1 x 14 oz can chicken broth

2 tbsp garlic salt

2 tbsp garlic powder

2 tbsp fresh cilantro


Add the water to a large pan, add the tom yum soup paste, hot pepper paste, lime juice, fish sauce, chicken broth, garlic salt & garlic powder to the pan and bring to the boil.

Add the chicken, onion and bell pepper, stir and reduce the heat to an active simmer and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add the shrimp, mushrooms and baby corn and cook for another 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add the noodles and fresh cilantro and stir well to break up the noodles as they cook. Cook for another 3-5 minutes until the noodles are cooked through and serve


Cinco De Mayo Recipe Round-Up

Cinco De Mayo Recipe Round-Up

Cinco De Mayo is just around the corner

What better way to celebrate than with a selection of our finest Mexican influenced recipes from Captain America & His English Rose in our Cinco De Mayo Recipe Round-Up!

We love Mexican food, and we love to create recipe influenced by some of our favorite foods!

These recipes were all created out of a genuine love for Mexican food – so let’s celebrate Cinco De Mayo in style!


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Matzah Ball Soup

Matzah Ball Soup

Captain America LOVES Matzah Ball Soup.

He talks about it all year and will eat the leftovers for weeks after our Christ In The Passover Dinner.

Matzah Ball Soup is a traditional Jewish soup, often served at Passover or other Jewish holidays. Captain America and I make it every year to serve at our Christ In The Passover Dinner. It is a total labor of love, but it is well worth the hard work, time and effort.

If it wasn’t so complicated to make he would probably make Matzah Ball Soup throughout the year.  However, it is not simple, I’m afraid to say, so instead we make a GIANT vat of it and hope it lasts forever!

If you are hosting your very own Christ In The Passover follow the links below for all the recipes:

Christ In The Passover Dinner

Christ In The Passover Desserts

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Fifteen Bean Soup

15 Bean Soup

Captain America made this soup – it’s one of his favorites.

If you are experiencing cold, wintry weather right now and are looking for a perfect, warming soup recipe then look no further – this is it! This is more like a stew than a soup – so it makes a great main meal too!

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Mushroom Soup Revisited

Mushroom Soup

My very first ever blog post was a recipe for Mushroom soup!

I was nervous about it, scared to write my first blog post, and clueless about anything to do with blogging!

A year later, and I write recipes all the time – some we create from scratch, some we adapt and some we keep just as they are because they are already incredible (and give full credit to the genius who created them of course!).  I have also adapt and ‘perfect’ my own recipes – just like this one for Mushroom Soup.

As winter (well as near as this part of California gets to winter) comes to its peak I like to make soup – lots of soup. A big favorite is my Butternut Squash Soup, but to take a break from that I like to make Mushroom Soup.

Mushroom Soup

I love this version of the soup enough to rewrite it here! I hope you enjoy it!

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Chicken Tortilla Soup

Chicken Tortilla Soup

We are on a total soup kick right now!

Captain America is on a roll with his soup making skills, and this is yet another outstanding recipe he has adapted!

Apparently, this a huge hit with many of Captain America’s friends, with some even claiming it is “the best Chicken Tortilla Soup they have ever tasted”.  I love it too, but we will let you judge!

This makes A HUGE amount of soup – it s a double recipe – and serves 10-14 portions depending on how hungry/generous you are. If you like your soups more brothy, then add a little extra water either when cooking or when you reheat it.

Chicken Tortilla Soup


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Chicken Noodle Soup

Chicken Noodle Soup


Chicken Noodle Soup has become the must have soup when you get sick….which I think gets it quite the reputation and does such a wonderful soup a disservice!

I love Chicken Noodle Soup, especially in winter, ironically here in California, winter bypassed us this year as it is around 70°F right now, so Captain America and I are walking around in t-shirts, with all the doors and windows open eating soup, pretending it is winter! However I must say I am currently quite happy with the sunshine and warm weather after returning from a decidedly cold and rainy month in England!

Captain America made this soup – it is one of his signature dishes! Last year, he made a HUGE pot of it and we were eating it for months – this time we halved the recipe (to save on freezer space).  This soup keeps for up to a week in the refrigerator or for a few months in freezer safe containers in the freezer.  The joy of this is that the soup is concentrated – very concentrated – so add lots of boiling water as you serve it, also the orzo absorbs a lot of the liquid so it will thicken with time.

Chicken Noodle Soup

Apparently, Captain America tells me, that it has been proven that Chicken Noodle Soup actually can help you get better when you are sick as it has a high level of antioxidants… if you are sick, or you know someone who is then make this soup and eat it….it may help you heal!

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Thanksgiving Round-Up: Side Dishes

Thanksgiving Round Up

I LOVE Thanksgiving!  I know….there is a huge irony in that, being British and loving Thanksgiving! 

I love it for the time with family and friends, it’s a chance to get together with those you love from near and far and celebrate and be thankful.  We all have so much to be thankful for, whether it has been a wonderful year or a difficult one – if we think for just a moment we can think of a hundred little things to be thankful for.

I love that each family has their traditions.  I have been blessed to experience many different family traditions, especially as my first 5 years here where before I had a family of my own here, so I was always ‘adopted’ by a wonderful family, or friends and made to feel like I was a part of something.  From Pumpkin Pie eaten first thing in the morning, to watching the latest movie release, to everyone round the table sharing what they are thankful for, to playing board games, to going to bed early to get up even earlier to go Black Friday shopping, to not sleeping at all and shopping ’til you drop, to avoiding shopping altogether, to gift giving ‘just because’, to family baking sessions, to putting up Christmas decorations… was all wonderful, and special and unique to that family. Continue reading

30-Minute Meals: Tuna Pesto Melt

Tuna Pesto Melt

Are you like me and always looking for that quick lunch on the go?

Then look no further – this is the perfect solution!

I love a good Tuna Melt…..but I cannot bare the celery that is usually found in them in the US.  I developed this recipe to fulfill my craving for a Tuna Melt but without any nasty celery!!

It is so so simple…..and it doesn’t even take 30 minutes….more like 10!

Ingredients (to make 2 sandwiches):

4 x slices Sourdough (or equivalent) bread

1 x can tuna, drained ( 1 can should make 2 sandwiches)

3 tbsp fresh pesto

6 slices Monterey Jack cheese

3 tbsp butter, melted

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Butternut Squash Soup

Butternut Squash Soup

Butternut squash soup is my go-to soup in Fall.  

I love it!  It’s rich, yet light, creamy yet without any cream and warm and delicious! The perfect solution to gloomy Fall days!

It is incredibly easy to make, very good for you and cheap to make! The hardest part is cutting up the squash, but at least you get a great arm workout as well as delicious soup!

Butternut Squash Soup

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