So it is snowing again… I am looking at the big fat flakes falling down from the sky and crave Spring.
Today is a fast of Ester, fast before the Holiday of Purim. I am not fasting because of my condition, but it means that all the kids are either home whole day, or came home early. It is a perfect day to wrap up in something warm and watch the snow. It looks as if someone ripped open a pillow full of goose dawn.
It is also a perfect day for chicken soup. My huge pot is ready and I will go and start it up in a few minutes.
My recipe is easy and cheap and fuss-less. It is also sized for a crowd.
Here it is:
Henya’s “Jewish Penicillin” Chicken Soup
Get a huge pot. I mean a really huge pot.
Wash and trim 5 lb of carrots. I use organic ones, so no need to peel. Put them in the pot.
Add 1 large onion, peeled, trimmed and halved. Also a knob of celeriac, peeled and quartered.
Add chicken parts (if you use Kosher chicken, like I do, than you don’t have to add salt). I add wings, necks and feet. About a pound of each. I usually do not add “good” chicken parts, because at the end of the cooking process I discard all solids. Add as much water as will fit in the pot. Cook on a very low flame for at least 6 hours uncovered. About a third of liquid should evaporate. Do not let it come to boil. I usually put it all up before going to sleep and turn it off in the morning.
Let the soup cool and strain out all solids. If you want to decrease fat content, refrigerate the soup for about 12 hours. The fat will solidify on top, you can just remove it with a spoon.
P.S. This recipe makes very strong concentrated chicken soup. It is our favorite cold medicine and the first choice of cure for any sickness. The chicken and the vegetables give up all their nutrients to the liquid during the long hours of simmering. That is why they are discarded in the end.
Note: We do not use chicken feet for Passover cooking. Instead, I put in a double portion of wings.
BTW my name Henya translates into English as Chicken – Hen. So, me and chicken soup have a natural affinity for each other.