I’m never sure what to do on Sunday afternoons. On one hand, it’s mostly free time for me, so I could go visit friends, go to a movie, or at least go out to dinner at a restaurant. On the other hand, I’m usually mentally and physically tired after the busy weekend schedule of Mass and confession.
Today, I had originally planned to call some friends to visit in the afternoon. However, after having a rather late lunch with a friend at a diner, I really didn’t feel up to much more driving around, so I opted to stay at the rectory. I took a nice nap, took care of some emails, and ventured down to the kitchen to prepare chicken soup for dinner.
Home-made chicken soup is one of my favorite foods on the planet. There are at least two advantages to this: first, it’s healthy; second, it’s easy to make. I really have no specific recipe that I follow, nor have I had any real training in the kitchen (beyond how to make scrambled eggs or a simple omelette), but I know what I like in soup, so I simply add things together.
Sometimes I just throw in whatever leftover chicken is in the fridge and season it with other leftovers. Today, though, I made it mostly from scratch. A few days ago I’d frozen half a chicken that was left over from a couple of days before, saving it for this very purpose. I knew we had some rather old celery and carrots in the fridge which needed to be used or thrown out. So, I boiled the half-chicken in a pot for about 45 minutes, took out the bones and skin, then added:
- two sticks of celery (sliced)
- two carrots (sliced)
- a small onion (sliced)
- juice from half a lemon
- a generous dash of dried basil
- about a teaspoon of sesame oil
- a generous dash of soy sauce
- two peeled cloves of garlic
- about a quarter cup of white wine
I kept adding water as this boiled down, and in the meantime put some French bread topped with butter, salt, and garlic powder, in the toaster oven. The resulting soup and toasted garlic bread – accompanied by a small class of white wine – was delicious!
I concluded the dinner with one of the fresh chocolate fudge brownies that someone had left on the counter in the kitchen.
Re-energized by a delicious dinner, I wrote my homily for tomorrow, wrote this post (faithful to my post-a-day commitment), and am going to settle down to read or do some origami and listen classical music. It’s a nice way to end a busy weekend!