Unfolding into Winter is something I will just never do. I fight it with every shiver. I layer my clothing and the children's clothing but our faces and hands are chapped by the cold wind. And this Winter has been mild by all accounts! I have however, wrapped my arms around souping. Soup is a very creative and beautiful dish. Something that will nourish your insides and hopefully inspire you to create something magical.
It's been awfully hard to see the fairies dance amidst the snowflakes. I think they must have a magical portal to warmth. Good for them, I say! For us creatives I say, make soup and pray for Spring!
I like having something warm on hand to eat as I create in the studio. This one is a chicken and wild rice blend that is really good. I've made it twice this week alone.
This is what you need:
2 cups mushrooms (4 oz.)
3/4 cup chopped celery- a bit more than a handful
3/4 cups chopped carrots- a bit more than a handful
1/4 cup chopped shallots- shallots a tiny onions but they are more mild in flavor. Not so pungent in flavor.
1/4 cup flour all-purpose
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 cups of chicken broth
1 cup of wild rice- get the uncle ben's QUICK long grain and wild rice -orange box
3 cups chicken shredded and cooked. You can use fresh or canned chicken.
1/2 cup sour cream
2 tablespoon of fresh parsley chopped up really well.
In a soup pot, heat about a tablespoon of olive oil at medium high heat. Add in your carrots, celery, mushrooms, shallots and cook them a bit. The carrots will deepen in color and the flavors will marry. About 8 minutes will do. The veggies will be crisp not soggy.
Add your flour and salt and pepper and stir like mad. Let it cook for 3-4 minutes.
Add the broth and bring it to a boil. Add rice, just the rice, not the packet that comes in the Uncle Ben's box, just throw that yuck out! reduce heat to simmer. cover for 7 minutes until your rice is tender.
Add in the chicken, sour cream and parsley. Heat through- about 8 minutes.
This is a really tasty bowl that will warm you through and through. Eat and enjoy this little potion.
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We are enough. Our art is enough. The space that we inhabit is begging us to realize this.
It's fine to make things and post them, but for me The constant comparison to those on the internet is exhausting. I refuse to do it. I will post and not attach my self-worth to the reaction I receive.
Posted by Jennifer Hepler-Takens at Wednesday, January 13, 2016