Well hello, it has been a while.
This summer was ridiculously busy. I worked, I went to school, I did a study abroad. I studied french in a desperate attempt to not fail 201. I picked up a side-gig filming weddings. I drank lots of coffee. I slept little.
But I have been taking pictures! Not many, it is true, but a few. I took a few photos of the First Manassas/Bull Run Reenactment in July for work, which you can see on PWC’s flickr. One of my photos was used by the New York Post.
Also, because several people have requested it, I wrote up my standard “Throw Things in a Pot” soup, and even took photos to demonstrate the process! What novelty!
But a forewarning – my laptop kicked it. I’m working on fixing up this monster (a turn of the century iMac) but it is a slow process. It has problems running multiple programs at once. As I said, it is a slow process (ba-dum-ch!). I’ve named it Dover, mostly so I can shout “Move your bloomin’ arse!” at it and feel cultured (start at 6:40, if you please). What this means, though, is that I don’t have a computer that really can handle photoshop (very well) at the moment. So all of the following photos are unedited. Oh my goodness! This all to say, please don’t judge the yellow tones of the photos. I shot these late at night.
So, without further ado, here is the recipe: Chicken Noodle Soup!
Here are the optional/replaceable things: Potatoes. Garlic. Pasta of some kind of another. Mustard (mine is homemade – be jealous). Beer/Ale. The stuff in this picture is Blue Moon Pale Ale, because I happened to have some. If you want a darker soup, go for a darker beer. My general go to is Guinness, mostly because I usually have some lying around. You could probably even put hard cider in, though I’ve never tried it.
Finally, a whole roasted chicken. It is not hard to roast a chicken yourself, I’m just lazy. If you don’t want to get a whole roasted chicken, feel free to cook up some chicken breasts or something. Just make sure the chicken is cooked before you throw it in the pot. Safety first, please!
Chop all the things! By all the things, I mean the onions. I chopped about three small red onions, but a single large vidalia onion will do.
Put butter your large pot. This is about a tablespoon of butter. Turn the heat up to about 5. Let it melt, swirling the butter around the pan to coat the bottom. If you feel like being healthy (fah!) use olive oil.
Next, put in all of your lovely chopped onions and garlic. Stir occasionally, so they all get cooked. In between stirs, start chopping your potatoes (which I forgot to photograph, but hopefully you know how to chop potatoes). I cut up five or six small red potatoes. Three large potatoes of any variety will do, though. When the onions are done, they should start going translucent and your entire kitchen should smell marvelously onion-and-garlic-y. Mm.
Ignore the stain on the counter.
Take a big heaping tablespoon of mustard and put it in the pot too. Stir in. Enjoy the smells. Turn the heat up to about 7-8. Then set a timer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. When the soup starts to bubble enthusiastically (it probably will), turn the heat down a few notches (like, 5 or 6). After 15 minutes, check to see the potatoes are cooked by poking them with a fork. The tongs should slide in easily. If they are done, yay! If not, set the timer for another 5 minutes, then check again. When they are done, turn the heat back down to 5 or 6 (if it isn’t already there).
At this point, if you feel like the soup is too stew-like for you, put in another cup or two of chicken broth.
Let your soup sit for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. After 15 minutes, check to see if the noodles are cooked.
Serve with crusty bread and enjoy!
Note – this recipe is EXTREMELY flexible. I am not even kidding. You can modify the heck out of it to your little heart’s content. People will love you, and never realize your soup repertoire is one recipe. Yep, this recipe is a gold mine. So if there is anything you see in this recipe you don’t like – take it out! Substitute something else! Go crazy! (Not too crazy. Not The Shining Crazy. But you know what I mean.) This weekend, I made a variation of this with pork meat, no pasta, a dark beer, and barbecue sauce. It was delicious! So, I say, experiment. It is good for you!