I have been slightly distracted this week which I can pin down to three specific things. Work, general election and an awful thing going on with a tooth that I can go no further into, for everyone’s sake.
Consequently time has done that peculiar thing of continuing as normal but feeling distorted. It’s a funny old thing which many new parents experience, but when you are having a lot of hours in the day awake, the rhythm of life changes and, for me, makes it feel as though I’m living through blancmange. I have many things to do that I just haven’t done, or do not have the energy to do, and, if truth be known, am probably, in actuality, doing very little, just thinking about it.
As the Americans say, ‘Go figure’
However, I have managed in some part, to continue to cook a semblance of regular meals, with only the odd quirk here and there. Interestingly, sometimes these quirks work, and sometimes you look back and ponder,
‘Why did I think throwing everything we had left in the fridge into a pan and just adding tomato ketchup, was a good idea?’
Which is why soup is always a good thing to make. It’s simple, nourishing and although doesn’t have the appeal to the wee boy of say, spaghetti, it does get eaten. Almost.
I made a chicken stock with the carcass and usual bits and pieces, boiling for 8 hours or so, then leaving to cool overnight. Now, here’s the thing. Often when I make a chicken stock I congratulate myself on using up ever last bit of chicken wisely thus easing my conscience. Invariably arriving at the cooling stage without a hitch. And then, mentally having ticked the box in my head for ‘make chicken stock’, I leave it on the hob.
Sometimes for so long that I have to throw the whole lot away… (Oh God, the guilt, even now)
This time though, I was on it like a car bonnet, separating the bones and vegetables from the juice as soon as it was cool enough to do so. Then awarded myself a medal for achievement. It’s the little things.
Invariably when making a pot of stock, I divide it into those plastic container boxes that the take-away shops so very kindly donate when they bring you food, although to be fair, it would be a bit odd if they stood at the door waiting until you had emptied the food onto a plate so that you could return their boxes. Mind you, that’s a pretty good idea don’t you think?
*files away under ‘when I rule the world’*
Anyway, this time I just used all the stock created and turned it into a soup.
Firstly I chopped and diced an onion and carrot and put in the pan with a little vegetable oil. I then added a slice of bacon, chopped, for saltiness, and the rest of the chicken that had been picked off the bones before making the stock. The stock was added and a potato, chopped and diced.
I then left the whole thing to simmer for twenty minutes or so. Took down the trusty steed and whizzed up.
Alongside this we had hummus, carrot sticks and muffins.
I know, not what you’d immediately associate with chicken soup, but hey, I’m doing my best here, and as I say to the boys, that’s all you can do.