if this wasn’t a monday, then i don’t know what is.
well i guess then it’s just any other day of the week. but you know what i mean. thanks for getting me.
my coworker has this corny, motivational saying ‘win the day’. today, i didn’t win the day. i’m not even in the bracket of winning. in high school, no one got cut from sports teams. everyone got to play. so we had varsity, jv, b team, c team. if this day was a team, i’d be benched on the c team. in fact, no, i would just be the bench.
these days are what this soup is made for. when you want comfort, uncomplicated, familiar, unpretentious, soul soothing food. we had the 5th largest snowstorm in history this weekend (i actually didn’t make up that stat, ginger zee said so) and everyone has the flu and this is just what we need.
you know the best thing about the snow? it was probably one of the most peaceful times in the city i’ve had since moving here. there weren’t many cars at all, and people were trudging along but it made this big city feel more neighbor-hoody. everyone was helping someone out to get their car unstuck, or take their hand as they climbed over a mini snow mountain to get to the bus. i t felt like everyone i talked to was kind. i suppose it’s that whole “we’re all in it together” feeling you dont have very often in a big city. it reminded me of home.
there’s something about the snow. it’s like all life’s rules are suspended, even if it’s just for a little while. and sometimes that all you need.
oh, and remember snow days? you would just lay in bed, under the covers, praying your mom would walk in and tell you school was closed that day.
it didn’t happen to us very often. if our headmaster could walk from his house, down a little sidewalk about 50 feet, then school went on. so one day, my mom just declared it a snow day and we all got to stay at home. i remember it vividly. playing games in the family room. playing in the snow. we couldn’t wait for dad to come home so we could go outside and “help shovel” which really means, jump in the big piles he made.
i could’ve used a snow day today. amiright?
my sister kept asking me to make this soup. she wanted a healthy chicken noodle with wheat noodles. i’ve been on a real soup kick recently so i wasn’t sure that’s what i wanted, but then food does what it does so often to me. suddenly, i’m 12 years old and ice skating on the pond in my backyard. my mom comes out and tells us to come inside and warm up.
on the stove in one pan is chicken noodle soup. in the other is hot chocolate, the really good kind with milk and just the right amount of marshmallows. and then i knew, it’s the only thing i wanted.
this soup. a cup of hot chocolate. i can’t imagine a better ending to a day that leaves you feeling a little blue, a little battered and bruised.
we’ll win the day tomorrow. today, we soup it up, brush ourselves on, and chalk it up.
- 1 lb chicken breasts, cooked and diced
- 2 big carrots, sliced
- 3 celery ribs, sliced
- 6 ounces wheat noodles (any kind will do honestly but typically egg noodles. i just thought the curly ones were cute)
- 1/2 onion, diced
- 1/2 teaspoon thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon parsley
- 1/2 tbl oil
- 32 ounces chicken stock
- salt and pepper
- i cooked up the chicken breasts on the stove, boil water. wait 20 minutes. boom. dice.
- in small pan on stove, add all the vegetables. cook for about 5 minutes until tender.
- throw everything but the noodles in the pot. bring to a boil, then lower heat and allow to simmer for about 20 minutes.
- add the noodles after it’s cooled slightly. the noodles will get mushy if they cook at too high a heat.