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Winter is here and there is one type of food that makes us particularly happy at the moment, the humble bowl of soup.

Filling, healthy, cheap to make, they are the perfect meal when it's freezing outside.

Full of vegetables, high in protein, this hearty soup can also make for a delicious lunch the next day. Give it a go!


  • 100g butter 
  • 1 small carrot, finely diced 
  • 1 celery stalk, finely diced 
  • 1 small onion, finely diced 
  • 4 potatoes, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced 
  • 500ml whole milk
  • 70g flour 
  • 1 can sweet corn
  • 400g cooked chicken, shredded 
  • 900ml chicken stock
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg 
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste


1. In a large pot over medium-high heat, melt half the butter. Add the onions and sauté until translucent. Add the carrots, celery and garlic and continue to cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the potatoes and chicken stock, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 20 minutes.

2. While the soup is simmering, melt the remaining butter in a medium sauce pan. Whisk in the flour and cook until golden, about 1 minute. Whisk in the milk and continue to stir until the sauce thickens. Season with salt, pepper and nutmeg.

3. Pour the sauce into the pot with the vegetables. Add the corn and the chicken and cook for a further 5 minutes. Serve with fresh thyme.


They mightn’t be that common in Ireland, but with their gooey textures and chocolate flavours S’mores have to be one of the world’s greatest comfort foods.

And with doughnuts dominating the food porn channels in recent months, it was only a matter of time before some genius created the S’mores doughnut.

Featuring melted chocolate, puffy marshmallows and golden graham crackers, the S’mores doughnut is the latest must-try dessert trend to appear online.

While we have yet to find somewhere stocking these culinary delights in Ireland, we did come across an easy follow recipe by The Kitchy Kitchen which will allow you to create S’mores doughnuts at home.



How many of us follow up a bad day at the office with a calorie-laden junk fest? And how many of us brush off the inevitable guilt that follows, because comfort food is the only solution to your woes?

Us too. But it looks like the only ones we’re fooling are ourselves!

According to new research, the foods that we have come to consider as “comfort foods” may actually have no impact upon our mood whatsoever.

The interesting finding was made by US researchers, who carried out an experiment on 100 students, testing out the changes in their mood when presented with comfort and non-comfort foods.

After first lowering the students’ spirits by making them watch sad movies, the researchers then presented the first half of their subjects with the foods that they considered to be comforting; they presented the other half with healthier foods that didn’t traditionally fall under the “comforting” category.


It was found that, after 15 minutes, all subjects were in a better mood, despite what they had been given to snack on.

The next phase of the experiment saw the researchers providing the first half of their subjects with more comfort food, but this time around, giving nothing at all to the other half. Surprisingly, they found that their results were the same as the first stage: all students felt equally cheered up.

In conclusion, the authors of the research report have found that the foods that we tend to consider as “comfort foods” may actually have no effect at all on our mood.

As interesting as this finding is, we’re not going to think twice about reaching for the Haagen-Dazs during the Valentine’s Day/ The Notebook sob-fest!