We returned from Sparta last night and I wish to thank all of you for your sympathy and kind words.

Apart from the economic crisis even the weather is conspiring against us this year.u00c2u00a0 A big Siberian Freeze is hitting Europe the past week with snowfall all over the country, even here in Athens.u00c2u00a0 We are experiencing temperatures below 0C and temperature is expected to drop even more.u00c2u00a0 It is snowing right now as I am writing this post and I am freezing.u00c2u00a0 Although in similar weather conditions the central heating should be on right now, many tenants do not have money to pay their share of fuel, so the administrator of the building said that as of today we will not be having any heating.

We don’t eat soups very often but with this cold weather I’ve been making a few soups to keep us warm. I had prepared this recipe last week and was about to post just before we heard the sad news and did not manage to post it.u00c2u00a0 I think I am going to make this soup today as well.

Last week my e-cookbook was published on Amazon kindle.u00c2u00a0 If you are interested to learn how to self publish I have written a synopsis of what I have learned on the cookbook blog.

This soup was made with leftover roasted chicken.u00c2u00a0 However you can make it with leftover roasted turkey but you can also make it u00c2u00a0from scratch using half chicken with skin and bones on to get the broth and any vegetables you have in your fridge.u00c2u00a0 Trahanas adds considerably to the taste but if you don’t have any I would suggest you add half a cup of very small pastau00c2u00a0 and when cooked mix in 2 tablespoons Greek yoghurt or feta.


Kotopoulo trahanas Soup, recipe by Ivy

Preparation timne:u00c2u00a0 30 minutes

Cooking time:u00c2u00a0 1 hour 15 minutes

Serves:u00c2u00a0 5 – 6


1 small onion, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
2 – 3 tbsp olive oil
1 small potato, peeled and cubed
½ cup celery, finely chopped
2 mushrooms, thinly sliced
2 small carrots, peeled and cubed
2 tbsp parsley, finely chopped
1 cup cabbage, finely chopped
1 small tomato, peeled and cubed
Chicken or turkey stock (about 5 cups) or water with 1 bio chicken bouillon
Leftover roasted chicken or turkey (about 1 cup or more)
1 cup trahanas
2 – 3 slices Halloumi (optional)


Heat the olive oil and sauté the onion and garlic until translucent. Add all the remaining vegetables, salt and pepper and stock to cover the vegetables.

Bring to a boil, lower heat and cook until all the vegetables are soft, about 1 hour.

Meanwhile, remove skin and bones, if any from the chicken and cut it into smaller pieces.

Add to cooked vegetables as well as trahanas and halloumi and simmer for 15 minutes.

Kopiaste and Kali Orexi!

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  1. u00ceu009f/u00ceu0097 Rosa u00ceu00bbu00ceu00adu00ceu00b5u00ceu00b9:

    A beautiful picture of the snow! Greece must be beautiful when covered in a layer of white… I’m so sorry to hear about the heating. Really not funny.

    Your soup looks amazing and so comforting! Perfect.



  2. u00ceu009f/u00ceu0097 Caffettiera u00ceu00bbu00ceu00adu00ceu00b5u00ceu00b9:

    I think right now it is warmer in the UK than in Greece, a historical satisfaction – were it not for the people who cannot afford heating. Houses in the south are just not built for cold weather. A soup is a great way to heat up, and this looks really good and easy.

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  3. u00ceu009f/u00ceu0097 Eftychia u00ceu00bbu00ceu00adu00ceu00b5u00ceu00b9:

    I never thought that I could cook trahanas this way… It sounds like a very tasty dish! I usually cook it only with halloumi, but I think I will give this recipe a try.
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  4. u00ceu009f/u00ceu0097 Simona u00ceu00bbu00ceu00adu00ceu00b5u00ceu00b9:

    I hope you get back some heating soon: a cold house is not a nice place to be in. A hot soup definitely helps. We are actually having a normal winter here, for which I am grateful: cold enough but not too cold. I hope the sun shines again soon.
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  5. u00ceu009f/u00ceu0097 Núria u00ceu00bbu00ceu00adu00ceu00b5u00ceu00b9:

    Dearest Ivy,
    Hope everything is ok with you aside of the siberian cold and the crisis… we are just the same: freezing cold and with a huge crisis… and with tones of broth in the fridge for lunch, dinner and anytime. Your soup looks so tempting and comforting, there’s nothing better for this weather than a good plate of soup!
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  6. u00ceu009f/u00ceu0097 Reeni u00ceu00bbu00ceu00adu00ceu00b5u00ceu00b9:

    Congratulations on your Kindle version Ivy! Your soup looks so warming and delicious! Hope it is helping to keep you warm.
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  7. u00ceu009f/u00ceu0097 hénia u00ceu00bbu00ceu00adu00ceu00b5u00ceu00b9:

    Wow such a hearty soup for this strange winter. Even here in Africa it’s snowing like crazy! Keep warm Ivy!
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  8. u00ceu009f/u00ceu0097 Marquita09 u00ceu00bbu00ceu00adu00ceu00b5u00ceu00b9:

    The soup looks perfect! I love to cook this recipe more especially with this cold weather here… Thank you for sharing the recipe.

  9. u00ceu009f/u00ceu0097 Jean u00ceu00bbu00ceu00adu00ceu00b5u00ceu00b9:

    I did read about the Siberian Freeze and the very cold temperatures and snow Europe has been experiencing. Strange weather patterns this year all over the globe. Your soup sounds like a perfect warm treat during such cold weather.


  10. u00ceu009f/u00ceu0097 Maysel u00ceu00bbu00ceu00adu00ceu00b5u00ceu00b9:

    That soup looks so good to eat! This is great for this rainy weather.. Love to try this out! I really appreciate that you shared the recipe.. Thank you!

  11. u00ceu009f/u00ceu0097 Anna u00ceu00bbu00ceu00adu00ceu00b5u00ceu00b9:

    This soup look so delicious! I will surely try your recipe someday. Thanks for the post and for sharing this recipe.


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