Thursday, April 16, 2009

Recipe of the Week: Heal and Hope Chicken Soup

Brian is much better! He's up and around and just about back to normal. I was so grateful that I was able to take Monday off work and take care of him. I only wished I'd had time to make a big pot of this....chicken soup really does heal.


Heal and Hope Chicken Soup
serves 4-6

2 Tbs. olive oil
1 whole chicken, washed and quartered
2 stalks celery, sliced
1 medium onion, sliced thin
2 medium carrots, cut in half and sliced
7 cups water
1 cup white wine
2 cups mushrooms, quartered
2 Tbs. fresh ginger, peeled and minced
2 tbs. fresh garlic, (8 cloves), minced
Juice of one lemon (approx. 1/3 cup)
2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. black pepper
1/4-1/2 tsp. cayenne
1 tsp. Herbes de Provence
2 cups green cabbage, cut into chunks
1 cup frozen peas
1/2 cup orzo or acini de pepe pasta

1. In a large stockpot over medium heat, cook the chicken pieces until brown on all sides, about 10 minutes.

2. Add the celery, onion and carrots and continue to saute for 5 more minutes.When the vegetables just begin to get soft, add the water and wine, quartered mushrooms, garlic and ginger. Bring to a boil and simmer at a low boil for 15 minutes.

3. Remove the chicken pieces and cool. While the chicken is cooling, add the lemon juice, salt and pepper, herbs to the soup. Over medium heat, cover and let simmer for 15 minutes.

4. Add the cabbage, peas and pasta to the soup. When the chicken is cool enough to handle remove the skin and debone. Cut the chicken into 1 inch pieces and return it to the soup. Cook until the pasta is al dente and serve.

Recipe for Hope and Healing: Whether we speak aloud, confidently, or even if only in the privacy of our own thoughts, let us allow ourselves the collective hope, healing and faith in one another so that we can move towards the changes that we need to make. Let's not limit our dreams by fear, but allow ourselves to acknowledge the very timid and vulnerable stirrings of our hearts. Say a prayer of gratitude for today's health, balance and well-being.

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Recipe and poem an adaptation from Allison at Silverwater Cafe in Port Townsend, WA