Friday Food does not have the same appeal as Saturday or Sunday Supper. Yet, I feel I would like to make a cooking post today. I had meant to do a Running Commentary, because I had an excellent run this morning (I posted a Facebook status of “THAT is how a run is SUPPOSED to feel!”), but, you know, things happen.
I was supposed to be away this weekend, but those plans were derailed by a stomach bug my husband, Steven, is currently suffering. He has not wanted to eat much, so I thought a pot of homemade chicken soup would help. Accordingly, I took some chicken out of the freezer. It was two thigh sections, which is a good dinner for two people when baked and served with a vegetable. I have also found that it will also make a good pot of soup
I put the chicken on to boil about 3 p.m., when I was doing laundry and waiting till it was time for a wine tasting at Valley Wine and Liquor in Herkimer, NY (where I live). After it had boiled a while, I used a slotted spoon to scoop some of the brown crud off the top. I don’t think the brown stuff seriously degrades the taste of the soup, but I skim off what I can. I was waiting for my friend Kim to pick me up for the wine tasting. Eventually I got tired of waiting and had a small glass of white wine we had on hand (don’t judge me; I wasn’t driving). I also thought I should progress further on the soup so peeled and crushed some garlic. I turned off the burner under the chicken; I figured it was cooked through, and I did not want it on when I left for the wine tasting.
It was after right after this that Kim texted me that she was ready to go to the wine tasting, so I did not bother setting the timer for 15 minutes (to let the garlic breathe, remember? I’ve talked about that before). I figured we’d be gone at least that long. And we were. I came home with two boxes of wine, one red, one white. Yum! I may do a blog post about the tasting (I have been seriously remiss in not making more posts about the wine tastings I attend). I poured myself a glass of red and continued to cook.
I pulled the pieces of chicken out of the broth and put in the garlic. I sliced a yellow onion, put it in the broth and turned the burner back on. I took the chicken off the bones and put it in the broth too. After a while I will add some frozen vegetables. Probably some spinach (Steven only likes it in soup, dip or sauce), maybe some broccoli or corn; I’ll see what’s in the freezer. And I will cook some pasta, probably ditalini. Yum!
For you wine snobs out there, I will no doubt switch to white with my chicken soup. I do not want to injure anybody’s sensibilities unnecessarily. Anyways, this is my Lame Post Friday post for the week. I hope you are all having a good supper and enjoying the beverage of your choice.