Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Remedies for a heavy heart

Over the sea and far away, I know of a young heart that is aching,
freshly separated from her love,  with endless months until they are united.

I can, as a mother does,  feel the pain sweeping  towards me with the current.
What to do, to ease her journey...

Your father offers a soothing song about love and separation

and I offer the comfort of chicken soup

Start from scratch, you've got time to spare, first the stock- take the carcass from a freshly roasted chicken, keeping back the meat for later, put in a pot with water to cover, add bay leaf, onion with skin, carrot, peppercorns, salt, parsley and soup celery- gently simmer for1 hour.
You now have your stock, strain it and set aside. Back to your soup pot,  add  butter and olive oil, saute 1 finely chopped onion, 2 thinly sliced leeks, a big handful of soup celery roughly chopped and 2 big carrots thinly sliced, then add your freshly made stock - simmer for 1 hour.
Taste, add more salt and pepper if needed, along with that reserved shredded roasted chicken. Finally, sprinkle with freshly picked parsley.
A chunky loaf of ciabatta and a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc -  a  toast.. till you both meet again x


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