... I have been gripped by a nasty dose of old-fashioned cold... not the 'man-flu' stay in bed, can't move kind of affliction, more a blocked nose, sore throat, painful sneezing kind of cold... I'm happily going about my business spreading disease wherever I choose... so don't feel sorry for me... it's just rather annoying and i am beginning to feel a little fed up... what I need for my old-fashioned cold is a dose of good old-fashioned jewish penicillin... or chicken soup to give it its formal name...
... back in the old days a 'boiler' chicken would have been purchased from the kosher butcher and the giant pan taken down from the cupboard and the long slow process of making heaven in a bowl would have taken place... much skimming of fat would have happened and knadels would have been made to float like fluffy succulent clouds on top of the golden liquor...
... this is not that... this is the quick fire version, made for those on the run or too poorly to be bothered... but give it long enough on the hob and I promise you, if not an instant cure then a definite lift of spirits...
Quick Fire Chicken Soup
i've put a dash of white wine in the soup plus half a lemon to really add a little vitamin c zing... eliminate or include at your own whim...
2 chicken breasts - chopped into large chunks
1/2 a medium onion - roughly chopped
1 celery stalk - roughly chopped
1 medium carrot - roughly chopped
1/2 small leek - roughly chopped
about 10 whole black pepper corns
1/2 a lemon - roughly chopped
2 pints water or vegetable stock
a splash of white wine
a bay leaf and some rosemary
- put it all in the pan, add the stock or water and bring to the boil
- turn the heat down and let it simmer gently for as long as you've got... a least an hour if not two. (ok, so this bit is not so quick-fire but getting the ingredients into the pan should take you less than 60 seconds...)
put Fiddler on the Roof or Yentl on the DVD player, sit back, relax, eat and of course, enjoy!