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Vegetable and Kotopoulo Trahanas Soup and How to self publish an e-cookbook on Amazon

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.  A big Siberian Freeze is hitting Europe the past week with snowfall all over the country, even here in Athens.  We are experiencing temperatures below 0C and temperature is expected to drop even more.  It is snowing right now as I am writing this post and I am freezing.  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.  I think I am going to make this soup today as well.

Last week my e-cookbook was published on Amazon kindle.  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.  However you can make it with leftover roasted turkey but you can also make it  from scratch using half chicken with skin and bones on to get the broth and any vegetables you have in your fridge.  Trahanas adds considerably to the taste but if you don’t have any I would suggest you add half a cup of very small pasta  and when cooked mix in 2 tablespoons Greek yoghurt or feta.


Vegetabe and Kotopoulo Trahanas Soup, recipe by Ivy

Preparation time:  30 minutes

Cooking time:  1 hour 15 minutes

Serves:  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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18 Responses

  1. 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. 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.

  3. Also in Italy there is a cold ice age.
    A hot soup was just what we wanted.
    Many thanks,
    A big hug.

  4. Seriously cant take my eyes from ur irresistible click,super tempting soup..

  5. Ben

    Too bad about the heating 🙁 But fortunately you have cooked some great soup 🙂

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Lance

    I am sure this soup is really delicious..I cant wait to try it..thanks for sharing..

  9. This soup is very tempting. I must try this recipe.
    thanks for sharing.

  10. Hi Ivy, first time here and I absolutely love this soup! You’re right, perfect for this cold weather! xx

  11. I love trahanas soup! And with the chicken in, sounds even better!


  12. 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!

  13. Congratulations on your Kindle version Ivy! Your soup looks so warming and delicious! Hope it is helping to keep you warm.

  14. Wow such a hearty soup for this strange winter. Even here in Africa it’s snowing like crazy! Keep warm Ivy!

  15. Marquita09

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

  16. Jean

    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.


  17. Maysel

    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!

  18. Anna

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