Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Under the Weather

Well, as you may have guessed, I am not feeling well. I spent the weekend fighting a vicious cold, and ended up taking a day off of my practicum in order to rest even more. It was a long weekend to boot, so I spent 4 days basically laid up. I am back at it today, but I am not very enthusiastic, it's midway through the day and I am already tuckered out. That said, I did make a really great soup last night, which is helping me through... I figured I would share the recipe so that I don't forget it...
Alex's 45 minute Do Almost Nothing Chicken Soup
2 tbsp olive oil
3 strips turkey bacon
1/2 white onion, chopped
2-3 cloves garlic, crushed
3/4 teaspoon cumin
2 chicken breasts, chopped into 1 inch peices
3 red potatoes, chopped into 1.5 inch peices
3/4 cup red lentils
6 cups water
6 branches kale, stem removed and chopped to bite size peices
Heat pot, and oil. Medium heat my friends. We can't all be heros.
Add onions, bacon and garlic, and seasoning until onions are sweating/browning.
Add chicken breast, allow chicken to brown a bit, cook about 1/2 way through. (10 minute nap)
Add lentils and potatoes, 3 cups of water, and allow the flavours to blend (10 minute nap)
Add the rest of the water, cover and let it boil a bit (10 minute nap)
Add kale and simmer for 5 minutes.
Makes: 6 cups of earthy deliciousness. Obviously, you can add anything you like- carrots, celery, not add the bacon, use different seasoning... there are variations of every thing... but this is what I did, and it sortof made me feel a bit better.
How does this make me a better human ecologist? Well, I am back at work today, and strong enough to survive till home-time, so I guess thats all that can be hoped for in this ill begotten situation. Get it- Ill? I'm Ill, and it's Ill begotten?
Ha! I crack myself up.

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