Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Bugger your soul

Erg. Snot Fairy's back again, damn her eyes. It's all Bloke's fault. He got a revolting bug and generously shared it with me. Ms Fairy is proving to be like that uninvited bogan who turns up at your party, drinks all the beer, eats all the mini hamburgers and then pukes through your screen door.

So, for the snot-ridden flu sufferer in your life, here's my chicken soup recipe. It's not hard and imagine the brownie points it will earn you. Or just make it for yourself and tell whoever gave you their disease to piss off and get their own.

3 large chicken thighs bone in, skin removed (about 600-700g)
2 litres chicken stock (that liquid Campbell's stuff will do nicely)
2 medium onions, finely chopped
2 large cloves garlic, chopped
5 carrots, chopped
3 cups water
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
2 dessertspoons soy sauce
75g flat rice stick noodles, broken into pieces

Heat the oven to 190C. Put the chicken pieces in a roasting dish lined with foil so it's easier to wash - I'm lazy, me. Brush them with a bit of olive oil and sprinkle them with a bit of oregano. Roast for 30 minutes.

While the chicken is cooking, fry the onion and garlic in a bit of olive oil over medium heat until glassy. Add the carrots and the rest of the oregano and cook for a few minutes. Add the stock and water and bring to the boil. Simmer for about half an hour. Chop the chicken and add it to the soup, along with the soy sauce and the noodles. Simmer for another 20 minutes.

There. Chicken soup not for your soul but for more practical things like your nasty nose and icky chest. You can even freeze it.

Now, anyone got a tissue?



At 4:27 pm, June 20, 2007, Blogger Eleanor Bloom said...

Ooh, that sounds lovely - & something I might actually be bothered doing! (Am a very lazy cook; am too aware where it's going to end up... so why bother...!)
But you mentioned BROWNIES, re points, and now I can't get them outta my head! Mmmmmm.

And yes, much better than chicken soup for the soul. Ewwgh! Those books are enough to make anyone sick.
Curse that darn Fairy - hope you feel better soon!

At 4:31 pm, June 20, 2007, Blogger Nai said...

Two visits from the snot fairy, so close to each other is just plain impolite on her/it/his (does the snot fairy have a gender) behalf. And thanks for the recipe, when I have my own kitchen (3 weeks, 4 days and counting)I'll be sure to give it a shot.
Take care!

At 5:08 pm, June 20, 2007, Blogger redcap said...

eleanor, thanks! I'm all for simple food too, but somehow cheese and bickies just doesn't cut it when you've got a sore throat. Funny you should mention brownies, though - if you click on the recipes link at the bottom of the post and scroll all the way down, you'll get to my heroin brownie recipe. Which don't have any heroin, but are similarly addictive.

nai, thank you too :) It does seem rude that's she's back again, doesn't it? Turning up uninvited twice in three weeks is just unreasonable!

At 7:36 pm, June 20, 2007, Anonymous Teddy said...

Just another recipe for you
On a quick trip to the supermarket, you will find a small cardboard box with the words "Cupa Soup" on the label. Look for the one that says "Lots O Noodles". Select the box that is marked "Chicken". Take it to the check out and pay very little.
Once home, boil water in electric kettle. Open the box that you have purchased and select one package.
Tear the top on the package and pour contents into a large coffee mug. Add boiling water stir. Allow to stand for 20 seconds and bingo.
No peeling, frying, roasting or washing up

At 7:58 pm, June 20, 2007, Blogger Sakura said...

Hmmm that sounds so delicious. I'm gonna cut and paste that one and take it home.
As for your cold, I hope you feel better soon, I hate those double barrel colds, just get over one and another one jumps on the bad wagon!
Lots of cat cuddles and hot totties (i think that is how u spell it).

At 9:48 pm, June 20, 2007, Blogger phishez_rule said...

It could have been worse. Ms Fairy could have been the bogan who gets so maggoty drunk and leaves a steaming shit on your front porch as she leaves.

At 8:05 am, June 21, 2007, Blogger Jo said...

You're probably in a flu-weakened state, Red, so I'll do the honours:

Teddy, you are a philistine.

There. Now rest up.

At 9:17 am, June 21, 2007, Blogger Milly Moo said...

I remember those double-barrelled Snot-fests all too well, RC, until I got my sinuses looked at (looked up?). As my specialist described it, my face was like a shower drain where every single holl was full and therefore little snot stalactites (aka polyps) were growing in the moist caverns that saw no sun. IT certainly explained why each and every cold specifically sought me out to invade and why I'd end up with fluoro-green snot and everything infected!

These days, post-op I'm lucky to get one minor cold a year. Moral of this story - get your face x-rayed to check out your sinus situation

At 10:31 am, June 21, 2007, Anonymous Teddy said...

Sorry Jo----wrong
I'm actually Presbyterian

At 1:48 pm, June 21, 2007, Blogger killerrabbit said...

Poor you - now leave your cold germs in Oddelaide where they belong and don't be infecting us Melbourne folk. I have a secret stash of psuedoephadrine - not to make speed but to stop a runny nose. Those other cold and flu tablets do nothing, you may as well stuff two tissues up your nose and hope for the best.

At 3:44 pm, June 21, 2007, Blogger Jo said...

I always get those two mixed up.

At 3:54 pm, June 21, 2007, Blogger Rosanna said...

What a fantastic recipe.

I hope you feel better soon. Tell the fairy to go jump.

At 5:10 pm, June 21, 2007, Blogger Eleanor Bloom said...

Oooh, found the smack brownies. Ta! (that cheesecake looks particularly lovely too...).
I might adjust the name slightly to horse brownies methinks - that way I'm less likely to hafta share 'em! *heh* ;)

At 6:05 pm, June 21, 2007, Blogger redcap said...

ted, chicken cupasoup tastes like boiled parson's nose mixed with oven cleaner, but if you're happy with that, you fill your boots.

sakura, it's the perfect time to drink too much rum, I find. Except I can't taste it :(

phishez, hmm, not sure that is worse actually. Shit can be removed with a shovel. A screen door that's been puked through has to be taken off its hinges, put on the lawn and hosed. Or so I imagine, anyway...

jo, thank you for that! he he he...

milly, I don't think anyone would want to look up my snout. I do have shocking sinuses, though, and a particular talent for loud nose-blowing. My nephew used to cry when he was a baby if I blew my nose in the same house.

rosann, I'm trying to see her off the premises. And stay out!

eleanor, handy hint, try serving them to stoned friends. They'll swear you're the best cook in the world ever. Though not that I have any stoned friends, of course...

At 7:10 pm, June 21, 2007, Anonymous Teddy said...

That's ok Jo
Both of a heathen origin.
Red, I have no doubt that yours tasted better but I had finished mine, walked the dog, had three bourbons and you were still waiting to eat and had 5 pots to wash up

At 7:41 pm, June 21, 2007, Blogger redcap said...

ted, I don't have a dog. And I didn't cook it for myself, though I did get some from the freezer by default.

At 9:07 pm, June 21, 2007, Blogger The Man at the Pub said...

Yum. Why did am I engaged to a vegetarian? Oh the compassion, that's right.

Re: Brownie points. They're a scam. If brownie points were frequent flyer points, I'd have enough to circumnavigate the globe several times. But I'm not. I can't even cash them in for a free hamburger (with every burger purchased)!

Get well.

At 3:13 pm, June 24, 2007, Blogger Little Miss Moi said...

Dear half hearted hack. You could add some ginger, a can of creamed corn and an egg white to that, and voila - chinese chicken and sweetcorn soup. yum.

At 5:26 pm, June 24, 2007, Blogger redcap said...

rabbit, sorry loves - I missed you last time! With any luck, I won't be bringing any filthy bugs with me. Well done you for laying down a secret stash - Bloke kicked up a terrible stink the other day when I brought home Codral that had no pseudo-e.

Mr Pub, compassion? Er, what's that? I had a friend who exploited brownie points mercilessly. Well, they were really her partner's anti-brownie points. He accidentally threw a $300 dress in the garbage just as the truck was coming, so for the next six months, any time she wanted her way, she would simply say, "Dress". Merciless, yet extremely effective.

LMM, I used to be a big fan of the old Chinese chicken and sweetcorn soup, but then the eggy bits started to disgust me, for some reason. I'd best not say what they look like to me now...

At 7:38 pm, June 25, 2007, Blogger londongirl said...

You seeem to have offended the snot fairy somehow. May I suggest grovelling? Or doing some form of appropriate sacrifice?

Get well soon.

At 6:49 pm, June 26, 2007, Blogger Scorpy said... I'm hungry...get better soon red :)

At 12:14 pm, June 29, 2007, Blogger Steph said...

That sounds easy enough. I think even I could do it!!!
Hope you get better soon, sweets.

At 2:35 pm, July 02, 2007, Blogger kiki said...

sounds super-sexy!

At 11:25 pm, July 04, 2007, Blogger nick cetacean said...

Redcap -- you would of course be most welcome to send your funny stuff Snarkeology's way... if that was your bag...


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