January 19, 2012

On Being Thankful for Roasted Chicken Leftovers

Dear Friends,

A couple of family emergencies have deterred my blogging lately.But they haven't deterred my cooking.

In times of trouble I look for comfort in familiar things...... especially the most familiar tasks, like roasting a chicken and making chicken broth from the carcass.

But what really lifts my spirit in tough times is having leftovers in the fridge.

I love having leftovers! Even the most weary of souls can transform leftovers from one meal into a totally new and unique meal. And from recent experience I have to say that a roasted chicken makes for some of the most inspiring of leftovers of all.

This particular roasted chicken (stuffed with lemon and herbs and roasted with potatoes, onions, carrot, and garlic) was first transformed into sandwiches. Then it became the filling for an omelet. Then it became a hasty (and exceptionally tasty) hash served with fried eggs. And in a moment of desperation I stood there with the refrigerator door open and ate some of it right out of the storage container, cold.

But tonight this roast chicken made it's last transformation when it became one of the best chicken soups I've ever eaten in my life.

I regret that I don't have a recipe to share, I just chopped up the chicken and vegetables, simmered them briefly with the broth, added noodles and salt, and it turned out particularly delicious.

But I do have some words of encouragement...... when life hands you trouble, roast a chicken. The chicken, the broth, and all of its incarnations will help you get through some of the hardest of times.

Thank you for checking on me. I'll be blogging again soon...

love, homegrown countrygirl


Candy C. said...

I hope everything gets straightened out for you soon. It's nice to hear from you!
Your soup looks divine! That's the ONLY way to make soup, just start chopping and adding and tasting and... :)
Also, I used to have a small plate JUST LIKE the one under your bowl! LOL!!

Anonymous said...

WOW!!! The pictures of your dishs make me hungry every single time i see them! I can just smell that chicken and spices slowly simmering in the pot! man oh man

all i can say is .... if your hungry..... dont go grocery shopping after looking at this post cause you'll surely buy to much!! yummy yum yum

Thank You Countrygirl

MARARIA said...

I hope everything gets better for you and relatives. I have no time either as I´m working again and things are not as well in Spain but as you say a nice soup helps us in hard times even if it´s made with leftovers!