Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Simply Chicken Soup


Sometimes, the simplest things in life are the ones that give us the most satisfaction. Have you ever noticed how cuddling up in a warm blanket on a cold, rainy day and just listening to the sound of the rain can help you calm down and clear your head of those thousand buzzing thoughts that hadn't left you for days? Or how closing your eyes and smelling some flowers can make you forget everything for that split second? Something doesn't have to be complicated and extravagant to make us feel better if we make an effort to enjoy what passes by everyday.

The same is the case with food. Often, the fewer the ingredients and processes, the more satisfying the results. Chicken soup is one of those things about life that helps calm down and take out the craziness in life. Its is also a dish that is so simple to make, even the laziest person in the world can cook it.

So here is a recipe from me to you that is easy and satisfying on so many levels.

Simple Chicken Soup

Ingredients
1/2 lb chicken meat (dark or light)
1 Chicken carcass or 1lb leftover chicken bones
1 1/2 quarts water
1 1/2 onions
1 bulb garlic cut in half horizontally
2 carrots
1 stalk celery
2 eggs
2 tsp of corn starch
5 peppercorns
1 tsp dried basil
1 pinch dried chilli flakes
salt and pepper to taste

Method
1)In a large pot, bring the water to a boil along with the chicken bones, carrots, 1 onion, celery, garlic, peppercorns, basil and chilli flakes.
2)Season to taste and skim off the fat rising to the top several times.
3)Once the no more fat surfaces, cover the pot with a tight fitting lid and simmer on medium-low for 1 hour.
4)Remove and discard the bones.
5)Slice the remaining half onion and add it to the pot after increasing the heat to almost high.
6)Chop the chicken and add it to the pot cooking for 10 minutes.
7)Beat the eggs and corn starch together and slowly wisk it into the boiling soup and cook it for a few minutes longer.
Its ready to serve!

Happy Cooking!

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