i make this soup often because i love it so much. actually i am quite fond of the majority of jewish delicacies i sometimes wish i were jewish. not just because of the awesome traditional foods but because i find their ceremonies & holidays to have a lot of spirit & meaning. jewish folk in general are delightful.

anyhoo, since the colonel came down with a bad cold after work friday i decided to take care of him the best way that i know how-juicing & cooking. we started with fresh squeezed orange/grapefruit juice-i have a great juicer that i actually use-& then went to the grocery store to stock up on proper items for soup.
i like rachael ray & always use her suggestion of buying a pre-broasted chicken when using it for soup, chili or stews. i could not make it taste better because broasting is the ultimate flavor enhancer. i also found a new recipe for matzo balls that does not use ginger ale, but 4 egg whites whipped to stiff peaks. this gives the balls a lightness that is really awesome! the only thing i did different was add half of a fine diced sautéed onion to the mix & substituted room temp butter for the chicken fat.

chicken stock is a very individual thing. yesterday’s was this.

1 broasted chicken-remove all meat, cover & set aside. use skin, bones, fat & cartilage for stock.
3 carrots cut in half
1 yellow onion cut in half
1 bulb garlic
handful of parsley stems
3 celery stalks cut in half
8 cups water
3 star anise
1 T. rubbed sage
1 T. thyme
1 T. lemongrass
plenty of salt to taste
1 T. whole white peppercorns

cook everything covered 3-4 hours. strain & reduce 1 hour more. save 2 cups to cook the matzo balls in. after you do that, strain & put it back in. the matzo balls can be stored in water or stock so they don’t dry out.

it’s common to have just broth & matzo balls, but i added high quality egg noodles cooked separately & a cup of chicken meat. i put the meat in a strainer & dip it in the stock to warm it up. if you just throw all the meat in there it tends to get mealy because it’s already broasted. top with fresh minced parsley.

this is super hearty yet healthy & low in calories. AND of course delicious 🙂