Friday, January 11, 2013

Chicken Soup For The Sick Room.....:-(

Tomorrow is my birthday.  Today, I have spent the day trying to sanitize and take care of a sick family.  The bright side is that my oldest daughter sent me an edible arrangement for for my birthday that had a lot of things I needed to help in the battle of the flu bug.

I have never had an edible arrangement nor have I ever sent one to anyone.  So, at first glance, I thought I saw ice cream on sticks like fudge sickles or something and told Scootard that we had to hurry and eat everything!  We rush the basket into the kitchen took an "ice cream cone" off of the top and discovered that it was chocolate covered pineapple....:-).  Cool...since there were four of them, that would have been a lot of ice cream in one sitting....:-(.   Funny how the picture makes it look like a cupcake..:-).


After spotting the Kale that was used as a garnish, we started to tear the arrangement apart to get to it for the soup I had to make.



I rooted through the fridge to see what else I had that I could through in the pot.  I had some fresh spinach, garlic, onion, chicken breast, cabbage, carrots and herbs. I also found some brown rice to throw in.  Now, it time to cut everything into manageable pieces.......



I had a total of 5 large chicken breast which I decided to split and cut into cubes.  Then I seasoned it with poultry seasoning and a pepper blend that I already had made up in a storage can.




My experience has been that if I add the chicken too soon, it will come out dry and tough even though it is floating in liquid.  So, I tossed all of the veggies in the pot first and brought them to a boil.



Then I decided to quick fry the chicken in some olive oil to seal in the flavor and help keep it moist while cooking.


After the carrots were done, I tossed in the chicken and let it cook until everything was tender and the chicken was thoroughly cooked........


And PRESTO!  Everyone had a bowl or two and I am hopeful that fever that my daughter has developed in the time I was in the kitchen will began to break.....:-(.

13 comments:

Ifeoma Beavers said...

LOOKS GOOD PAT (Apostle) without the chicken for me please love all those veggies ..get better have a Happy, Healthy, favorable, rich in all this 2013..for you, hubby, family, and ministry.....pray for me and mine ...I still love you girl its been a lonnnnnnng time...lol I'm 61 now...lol

Ifeoma Beavers said...

This is Frances Norman

Patricia Carpenter said...

Frances, Girl!! I was looking at the picture and then the name and was totally confused! haha. Thanks for stopping by and for the prayers. We have to catch up! haha

Scootard said...

Killer soup baby! The fresh garlic cloves squeezed in to the soup sure made it "interesting".

Patricia Carpenter said...

Anything that can get my man out from the sick room and into the laundry room is good to me! ha. Welcome back....:-). Just take it slow.

Martha Tenney said...

No birthday wishes? Let me be the first here- Happy Birthday!

Patricia Carpenter said...

Thanks, Martha....:-). I think they might all be on my facebook page...haha. But, no bloggers have said anything; unless I missed something.

Trobairitz said...

Damn I didn't see this in time and missed your birthday. I hope it was a happy one and everyone is feeling better.

Mmmm fresh garlic, the other white meat. You can't get too much garlic can you? I don't think so.

Dar said...

Hope you are all on the mend. My family has been struggling with this for a week and a half and it has been a rough one. Nothing worse than flu. Chicken soup definitely helps make one feel better.

Patricia Carpenter said...

No problem, Trobairitz....:-). No, you can never get enough garlic. Although, we do all spell like goats around here now! haha

Patricia Carpenter said...

Hi Dar.

Well, Scootard seems to be in and out of "wellness". He does fine for a while and then starts to lose his color again, feel week and have to lay back on the couch. My daughter is still very sick and has been quarantined in her room. I'm running through the Lysol and hand sanitizer, washing my hand often and spraying the door knob to her room and the bathroom every time she goes in and out. I hope you family gets better soon...:-(.

Anonymous said...

Soup looks delicious! Hope you all feel better soon. Happy Birthday!
Deb

Patricia Carpenter said...

It is pretty good, Dar. And it always taste better the second time around....:-). I had to put two containers in the freezer. I'm doing alright, it's the rest of these folks that are suffering with this thing.