A new day has dawned and we are ALL feeling so much better. The boys (and hence the mama) got a great night’s sleep last night and are rowdy and LOUD as ever today. It’s a wonderful thing. There’s nothing sadder than a spunkless sick little man.
(from one of my favorite children’s illustrators, Gyo Fujikawa)
I know they are beginning to heal when they start saying yelling things like “Mama, a boy who is CONVALESCING should really have some chocolate to make him feel better.” The minute that big and much favored word appears I know full well that we are in the clear 🙂
Alas, they didn’t have chocolate, or any of that cheesecake either. What they got was Mama’s Chicken Noodle Soup.
Here’s how it’s done:
As I learned from Molly of Foothill Home Companion, you start with a rotisserie chicken to make your stock. I suppose you could roast it yourself, heck, you could even raise that chicken yourself, but most often I don’t.
Pull off all, or at least a bunch, of the chicken and set that aside. Then plop the carcass, skin and remaining bits of meat in a slow cooker. Cover with water and let it go all day on low. Then put a strainer over your stock pot and dump it through to separate the bones and skin from the broth.
At this point I let it sit for a few minutes and then skim the top to take out some of the fat and bits of this and that.
Molly has a very lovely recipe of her own for chicken noodle soup. You should definitely try them both. We’re used to this one though, and I’m a sucker for an old standby, so it’s what I make.
To your stock, add two bay leaves, a pinch each of dried parsley, thyme and sweet basil. Throw in some garlic, pepper and salt. I don’t know how much, but I’d guess 1/2 a teaspoon of the pepper and a bit more of the salt and garlic. You can always add more at the end if it tastes like it needs a bit more flavor. I also add in a tablespoon of dried onions and two large carrots, chopped small.
Bring all of that to a boil. Once the carrots are beginning to soften add in an 8 oz bag of egg noodles and the chicken that you removed from the bones earlier. Then boil for 7-8 minutes. Don’t forget to remove the bay leaves after it’s boiled!
There you have it, convalescence in a bowl :-).
By the way, there are a lot of wonderful soups on our “Soup List.” If you have any favorite recipes that you’d like to see on the list, just let me know and I’ll add them!