Chicken Soup for your Soul, my Soul, everyone's Soul...
Let me show you my current favourite spot in the house, which you would have seen umpteen times if you follow me on Instagram. This is where I sit and work, read, write, sing and day dream these days. And have chicken soup too.
|I don't know whether I should highlight the chair or the soup here!|
Chicken, cut and bone in - 500 grams
Celery Stalk - 1, cut and kept 1/2 inch thick
Carrots - 3 medium, cut into 1/4th inch thick rounds
Onion - 1 medium. Sliced thin.
Garlic - 2 cloves, crushed
Water - 4 cups
Coriander Leaves - a little, chopped
Salt and pepper - as needed
Crushed Red Pepper Flakes - a little. Optional.
Pour the water into a large pot and add the cleaned, cut chicken into it. Add salt. Bring this to a boil.
Let this boil till the chicken is cooked through and stock is reduced to three-fourths. Once cooked, remove the chicken pieces from the stock and keep aside.
Add the onions, celery, garlic and carrots into the stock and let these vegetables cook well.
Remove the bones from the cooked chicken and shred the pieces.
Now add the shredded chicken into the vegetables and stock. Let this simmer well and reach a consistency where the stock is reduced to more than half the quantity, just enough to cover the vegetables and chicken.
Adjust salt. Add freshly ground pepper. Mix.
Transfer this into soup bowls. Add some red chilli flakes if you fancy and like the burn.
Add some chopped coriander leaves (Please do not omit the coriander leaves. You will be surprised at the flavour.) Ready to serve with buttered and grilled focaccia bread!
Does this look 'comfort'?
Then what you need is the right spot to go and have this at.
Your bedroom with all the ruffled sheets and pillows?
That long sofa in front of the television where you can put your feet up and watch Netflix?
That balcony where you can relax and watch the trees swaying away dreamily?
It is not actually in the taste and flavour of what you cook. It is about making the whole dish look and feel so memorable. Right?
Lots of love and happiness.