Thursday, January 10, 2013
Hi... it's me. Remember me? It's ok if you don't. I sort of ran away and hid for awhile. Things were falling and I didn't bother to take the time to pick them back up. I did come back once simply to tell you I was alive. Does that count for something?
I hope you haven't completely written me out of your book yet. I have new things to share, I promise. Are any of them recipes, you may ask. Which is a fair question, seeing as this is some sort of an excuse for a cooking blog. And I'm hear to tell you that at least one of them is! And it's perfect for right now, when all of us are fighting one type of sickness or another. Soup. The only kind of soup you want when you're feeling achy and cold and you have an elephant sitting on your chest. There is an elephant sitting on your chest too, right? Or is that just me?
It is chicken soup. Chicken soup made creamy by the slow addition of an egg and almost impossibly bright by the swirl of fresh lemon. It is chicken soup that is easy to make, requiring nothing out of the ordinary and no extra work, especially if you have a bag of shredded rotisserie chicken in your freezer. It is chicken soup that will calm your nerves, warm your tummy, and if we are lucky, help beat up all this icky sickness around us.
This is the way that we're starting a new year. With a new soup and an easy addition to my big green cookbook. Oh, and with some other exciting news. There happens to be this very shiny, very, very pretty ring thingy hanging out on my left hand. It's a little strange and I'm not quite used to it yet, but it puts a huge smile on my face every time I look at it. Yes folks, we're engaged. Things are about to get all sorts of real.
Adapted from Cooking Light, January 2012
1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
6 1/2 c. chicken stock
1/2 c. uncooked long-grain rice
1/3 c. fresh lemon juice (~ 2 lemons, depending on their size)
2 tsp. cornstarch
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1 large egg
2 c. (8 oz) chicken breast, shredded
In a Dutch oven over medium high heat, add oil and heat until it begins to shimmer. Add chopped onions and garlic. Saute 2-3 minutes or until fragrant. Add chicken stock and bring mixture to a boil. Add in rice and reduce soup to a simmer. Summer for 16 minutes, or until rice is just a few minutes before done.
Meanwhile, combine lemon juice, cornstarch, salt, pepper and egg. Whisk together well. Once soup/rice mixture is ready, very slowly pour lemon juice mixture into soup, gently whisking the entire time. Be patient and careful, you want the egg to incorporate, not scramble! Add in chicken and stir. Let lightly simmer until soup thickens and rice is done, about 305 minutes more.