Chicken Soup Sunday

I love cooking – it’s a relaxing, enjoyable activity, and consuming a delicious kitchen creation can’t be beat. Some dishes that I especially enjoy making are soups, stews, and chowders, using a variety of meats, vegetables, and spices. I experiment with different flavours once in a while, or substitute one ingredient for another if I’m short on something. It doesn’t take a whole lot to make a great soup, with or without meat proteins!

Today, I decided to cook up a nice, big pot of chicken soup. I always use fresh herbs and ingredients, and wanted to list a few of my favourite veggies that I toss into it. Onions, shallots, garlic, and carrots are always used; they make up the base for my stews as well. In chicken soup specifically, I am likely to use these other garden items:

Kale (purple variety)

Bok Choy

Swiss Chard (rainbow variety)

Corn (fresh when in-season)

Parsnip

I used to put noodles in, because chicken-noodle soup was always a staple when I was growing up. After moving to Seattle and getting access to fresh vegetables and herbs, courtesy of the famous Pike Place Market, I began experimenting with the old recipe and tweaked it to where it suited my taste. I make it with chicken or tofu; either way, I think that it’s delicious. I also feel that it gives a healthy boost to my immune system, which is a bonus: good, healthy food, made with fresh ingredients, is one of the primary foundations of living a healthy lifestyle…and, it works!

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8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. EclecticMusicLover
    Jan 15, 2017 @ 23:20:48

    I love making soups and I too experiment with different ingredients from time to time.

  2. franhunne4u
    Jan 16, 2017 @ 00:22:35

    I have a household staple chicken soup with ginger and carrots and onions. But you have to get a fat chicken, not one of those meagre ones … Sometimes I add noodles, sometimes I don’t. But chicken soup is flexible, it’s warm and healthy besides – there is zinc in it which is good when you suffer from a bad cold.

    • sepultura13
      Jan 16, 2017 @ 14:28:29

      I add ginger to my soup, too – it adds a nice flavor, on top of its health benefits. I use chicken thighs, with the bones in and skin on, fresh from local farmers.

      • franhunne4u
        Jan 16, 2017 @ 22:24:04

        Live in a city, would have to go to our weekly farmers’ market (Friday, in front of our main station), but usually can’t be bothered. Last time I made this soup I went to one of our organic supermarkets – but they had only VERY meagre birds 😦

      • sepultura13
        Jan 17, 2017 @ 20:18:12

        I’m glad that I don’t live in the city anymore – you never know where the meat comes from in city stores! Some organic markets are overrated, as they charge more simply for claiming that something is organic, even if it might not be.

        The meat, poultry, and seafood where I live is always fresh! Today, I bought some nice T-bone steaks and have them marinating for tomorrow’s dinner. Cooking is very enjoyable and relaxing, for me.
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  3. Brian Lageose
    Jan 18, 2017 @ 22:06:00

    I like to cook as well, but I have to be very selective in what I make, as the partner is not a fan of most vegetables or any seafood, so my experimentation field is somewhat limited…

    • sepultura13
      Jan 20, 2017 @ 11:16:08

      I can’t cook for picky eaters. That’s why hosting dinner parties is out of the question…
      Food allergies, I can understand – but people who dislike a certain food for no reason are crazy!

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