Well, we in Manitoba are still soldiering through a very cold February and facing at least another month or two of winter.
Happy Valentine’s Day and Kung Hei Fat Choy!
Valentine’s Day is on Wednesday.
That should bring a bit of warmth to everyone’s life.
This post has links for Romantic Dinners for Two, as well as the recipe for Anna Sultana's Lava Cakes.
About the Kung Hei Fat Choy…
Friday is the start of Chinese New Year - the Year of the Dog.
It has a few weeks' worth of traditions to ensure you’ll have a great year.
Remember… your behaviour on New Year’s Day sets the tone for the year.
It’s nice to celebrate, but that’s going to take a bit of change, and everyone wants to eat today, tomorrow and the day after.
Time to make a big pot of soup.
Chicken soup is comfort food… economical comfort food.
I mean, who hasn’t felt loved and comforted while enjoying a bowl of this old favourite.
And if someone has the sniffles, it’s a miracle cure for what ails you.
Use whatever smallish pasta you have on hand.
Stars are nice, if you have them.
Broken spaghetti will remind the kiddies of the boxed mix.
Sometimes kids get into a mood and just want something they’ve had before.
You can also use 3/4 Cup rice.
Stir in, cover, and simmer 15 to 20 minutes until the rice is soft.
Want to make Ma’s chicken broth?
It’s easy, just takes a bit of time, and won’t work if you’re in a rush to serve a pot of soup today.
1 stewing hen
Set aside the liver and the heart.
Chop into roughly the same spoon-sized chunks
1 large carrot
1 celery stalk
In a large pot place
the cleaned hen
the chopped vegetables
8 Cups water
1 bouillon cube
the hen's liver and heart
Simmer until the hen is cooked, about 2 to 2 1/2 hours.
Remove the hen from the broth.
Remove the skin, bone the chicken and cut the meat into pieces.
Strain out the vegetables and discard.
Oh, the liver and the heart are optional.
Also sometimes they just aren’t packed with the hen.
Don’t confront the store clerk and ask what he did with them.
Take my word for it. Please.
4 boneless raw chicken breasts
Place in a large pot
1 Cup carrots, chopped
1 Cup celery, chopped
the cut up chicken breasts
4 Cups chicken broth
2 Cups water
Over medium high heat bring the liquid to a boil.
Reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes.
1 Cup pasta
Simmer, stirring often, until the pasta is cooked, about 5 to 10 minutes, depending on the size of the pasta.