Chicken and Cabbage Soup (to cure the bbbbbbbrrrrrrs)
Serves as many as you wish
OK—enough I say. It’s 2:37 pm on a Monday afternoon, January 14th to be exact, and it’s only 6 degrees. Actually my outdoor thermometer had been registering the below -0- F mark most all day and in keeping with that thought, my refrigerator was sort of empty and extra cold as well. In it I had 6 partially still frozen chicken legs, a head of green cabbage, some celery, and 2 carrots. Oh my-not very appetizing. On the counter top, I had one onion and one head of garlic. Yes indeed like Mother Hubbard, my cupboards were bare. I was up for the challenge mainly because I didn’t feel like braving the cold outdoors; I was shivering, even indoors; so what to make to warm myself with my few at home ingredients?: soup of course—including the special ingredients that I do keep in my freezer such as a stash of herbs as well as cilantro and parsley. So, I used those, but if I hadn’t them, I would have used my dried variety(substitution mix is usually 1 Tblsp. of fresh equating to 1 Tsp. dried). This clear and delicate tasting soup actually turned out so nice that I wanted to share it and my lovely creative experience with you.
- Chicken parts- 6 legs or what ever else your heart desires
- 1 small green cabbage cut into 6 (more or less) wedges
- 1 onion- cut as above for the cabbage
- 4 or 5 stalks of celery—cut into 4 inch pieces- leaves included up to you
- 2 carrots—peeled and also cut into 4 inch pieces
- Bacon-I chopped the ends of some whole bacon that I had frozen
- Parsley—5 sprigs—once again from my frozen stash
- Thyme- 3 sprigs- once again from my frozen stash
- Basel Leaves-chopped-from my frozen stash
- Whole Star Anise- 1/2 of one
- Whole Cloves-3 or 4
- Bay Leaf—1
- Pepper Corns- 4
- Salt—1/2 Tsp. and more if you wish
- Potatoes (peeled if need be and cut into smaller chunks) optional
- In a tallish pot, place enough water to cover the chicken and veggies-that’ll probably be a couple of quarts or more. Bring water to boil.
- Throw everything in that water except for the green cabbage and potatoes.
- Bring back to a boil and then turn to simmer. Simmer for half hour.
- Add the cabbage and the optional potatoes and bring back to a simmer for another half hour.
I didn’t feel like potatoes, so I made myself some noodles. Boy my soup warmed me up immediately. Additionally, I enjoyed the light and fresh taste of the seasonings that I had randomly chosen for the broth. Finally, the challenge of using the few ingredients that I had in my space kept me on my toes on a freezing cold day and gave me a creative challenge and an ending satisfaction. So, that’s what I really wanted to share with you because you too can do this or maybe something even better. If so, email the Sun with your unplanned and sudden creative dish. Don’t be shy!!!