Cooking, Health and Beauty

My get well rustic chicken soup…

The past week was very tough and exhausting and all because of a lovely old couple living in my neighbourhood. Several years ago we met a lovely lady who lives just across the street. Always happy, smiling and very kind. She spends most of the warm months outside taking care of her garden, neighbours’ gardens and sweeping the entire street with her old broom making the surrounding area looking just perfect. Over the years we got to know her and her husband quite well and the more time we spend together the closer we grow and they became a part of our family. The  kids call them grandma and grandpa and having them around feels right and natural. On Friday, grandpa returned home after 4 days in the hospital and we started an intensive process of building his strength. He can’t eat much but there is one thing that he enjoys and eats with great appetite – my special chicken noodle soup! This is a staple in our home on cold days and a must when one of us is not feeling well…

You will need:

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2 whole chicken legs or 1 turkey leg

1 large carrot

1 parsley root

1 wedge celery root

1 leek (chopped in small half circles)

3 medium potatoes ( peeled, diced)

1/2 cup brown rice

1 cup dry pasta (shells, elbows, bows etc)

2 bay leaves ( optional)

salt, pepper

This is how you do it:

In a large pot place meat, brown rice, halved carrots, piece of celery root, halved parsley, chopped leek, bay leaves, salt ( about 1 Tbsp), ground pepper ( about 1/2 tsp). Cover with cold water about 3/4. Cover, bring to boil then reduce heat to medium low. Cook for about an hour ( until meat is soft and falling of the bone). Fish out the meat, carrots, celery root and parsley out. With a fork mash carrots, celery and parsley. Place back in the pot. Peel meat off the bone, shred in small pieces and place back in the pot.  Add diced potatoes and pasta. Cook for another 10 minutes.

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wash and peel vegetables

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