I love soup. I could eat it every night with fresh bread and a big green salad and never tire......
Something about it just warms my soul and calms my nerves and an an accompanying chunk of warm bread smeared with real butter just puts it all over the edge for me. Culinary Heaven :)
Our daddo of the house just left.... 7-10 days or so, as is life of a sailor. Holding down the home front I tend to cater a bit to my babes when his departure is fresh in their little hearts and minds..... it usually goes something like this:
1. Make french toast or pancakes for breakfast in the middle of the week (done)
3. Make huge batch of chocolate chip cookies, share some with preggo friend across the street (done)
4. Make bread and soup. (done)
Chicken veggie soup with homemade noodles. I totally think the presence of homemade noodles more than makes up for the lack of bread. Bread may happen today.... or tomorrow. But last night was chicken soup...... broth made from scratch.... and homemade noodles.
Here is the recipe, just in case any of you are in the need of a little soul food.
Gypsy Mama's Chicken Soup:: (Feeds a hungry family of six)
(a note, I save my chicken bones, I have this whole appreciation for the life of anything I eat and I use every little piece of it, so as to waste nothing...... chicken bones can be kept in your freezer until you are ready to make broth, believe me, it is the best broth you will ever eat!!)
Bones from 2 chickens
1 tbsp vinegar
1/2 tsp salt
Add enough water to cover the chicken bones
(If you are really motivated, throw in some celery & onions too)
Simmer the above all day on low, better yet in the crockpot. Don't forget the vinegar, it helps make the broth super nutritious as it pulls the nutrients from the bones of the chicken.
Salt & Pepper to taste
1/2+ tsp Garlic Powder
1+ tsp Rubbed Sage
The Noodles:: (adapted from a recipe in Made from Scratch)
2-3 cups flour
Beat eggs & add flour half a cup at a time to make a stiff dough. Roll dough out 1/4 inch thickness onto a floured surface and cut into noodle shapes. You can put them on a baking rack turned sideways so they don't stick together.... Cook in boiling broth 5 minutes or until tender.
Some Other Stuff::
Sauteed Onions & Garlic
6+ carrots peeled and diced into coin shapes
1 pound fresh/frozen peas or green beans
Simmer the broth, drain & discard chicken bones. (you can pick the meat from the bones if you want a meatier soup) Add seasoning & boil carrots in broth. When the carrots are tender add the noodles & simmer until al dente. Add whatever other veggie you find yummy..... Serve with salad and good bread. YUM!!