I have a friend that recently went through an amazingly traumatic event, but one that thankfully she will recover from. When I sent her a get well note this morning, I added a prescription of my own: eat lots of ice cream…chocolate ice cream make everything better. It got me wondering about all the little things that make hard times a little easier to bear.
For me, the list would include:
- Chocolate milkshakes
- Pink champagne
- Cheeseburgers & beer
- Mac & cheese
- Chicken noodle soup
- Hot water with lemon & honey
- Spice cake
All of these work when I’m not feeling well both physically and mentally, but chocolate milkshakes are the most powerful of all cures. They just make me feel better. And who could deny that pink champagne makes you happy? The simple act of saying pink champagne brings a big, bright smile to my face and my soul.
What are the simple pleasures that make you feel better on a grim day when you are sick or sad or plain cranky? Sometimes the best medicine can be found right in your kitchen.
I have a killer cold. Snotty, congested, coughing and just all around icky. I not only feel icky, I look icky. This weekend started with me being sent home from work because (even though it wasn’t directly spoken) I was grossing people out. I spent the rest of the time in a Nyquil-induced haze.
I did take the time to make a heaping pot of wholesome, chock-full-of-goodness chicken stock – complete with chicken feet. I know, I know, chicken feet! Talk about icky, but I’ve been told by several truly awesome cooks that chicken feet are the key to the most awesome chicken stock you will ever have. And after this weekend’s batch I am in complete agreement. The stock turned out so amazing that I am convinced a week of quick and easy chicken soup will have me back to the picture of health in no time.
Here is an older recipe for chicken stock. If you can find chicken feet (which I highly recommend) throw in about a pound to pound and a half. They add a dense richness to the flavor.
Quick and Easy Chicken Soup (serves 1)
1/4 c. chopped onion
1 large celery stalk, chopped
2 medium carrots, chopped
2 c. chicken stock
1 T. parsley pesto
Cooked noodles or rice (optional)
- In a medium sauce pan, heat 1T. olive oil.
- Add onion, celery and carrots. Saute over medium heat until fork-tender (about 5 minutes).
- Pour in chicken stock and bring to boil. Cook for additional 3 minutes.
- Remove from heat. Stir in parsley pesto and noodles if desired.
This recipe is my go-to for a quick but hearty soup. In less than twenty minutes I have the most delicious and fortifying soup chock full of veggies. Perfect when I’m feeling tired, cranky or just plain icky.