Monday, March 2, 2009
true love soup
For valentines day the whole lot of us ( minus bella the defector who swears she "loves cheese more than anything in the world " but couldn't be bothered to stay home with her family and sample some really great muenster, brie, havarti, and farmers cheese. oh no...she had to go to her best friends house instead. psht.) stayed in and had a feast.
I made chicken with 40 cloves of garlic, give or take 20 cloves. By give or take I mean give. It totally had so very many more. I had one of those giant Costco garlic tubs and I didn't want to waste any so I made garlic infused food as well as confit all damn day.
This post is not about the amazing roasted chicken , or even the roasted garlic, the cheese plate, or the tomatoes with sea salt, basil chiffonade, and fresh cracked pepper that we enjoyed that evening. It is about what happened the next day. After dinner I ( very slowly as i was fat with cheese and chicken) put the carcass on the stove to make a stock and went to bed. The next day I was faced with one of the most amazing soup bases I have ever had the pleasure of coming up against. Oh man... it was clear and beautiful and so wonderfully infused with the garlic flavor. MMMMMMMmmmmmm
To this I added left over chicken, cabbage, jalapeno,peas, green beans, red onion, salt and pepper and then after cooking all of this until the vegetables were tender, I added some rice noodles that I had soaked for about 20 minutes. I let the whole thing sit on the heat for another twenty minutes and served with fresh bread. So easy and so fresh.
I love soup.