It takes some time to recover from something like this. Not only for the money invested, but the time, passion, love and connection you have with a place and the people that visit daily.
I have been feeling quite poorly over the last few days figuring out what i can do and how to do it and realised that i actually need a few weeks off. I actually haven't had a proper holiday since my brothers wedding in 2011.
Today i went to the hospital as i felt an elephant sitting on my chest and had been complaining to my sister that i thought i would die. The doctor told me (and a very handsome one at that) that i had inflammation of the ribs and cartilage and that my lungs were struggling to move as they are being restricted. So this set off alarm bells and i realised in this moment that i must relax. Although the doctor seemed completely calm and assured me it was normal and i will be ok in a couple of weeks. Rest time has begun for me... sort of.
I am not sure about you but i know that when i miss my mother and she is away and i need her i always cook things that remind me of her and her love. Today was no different to most days when she is away and chicken soup as you know is the ONLY ANSWER.
My mothers chicken soup is just soooooo Wonderful due to the addition of Cardamom. This for me makes the whole thing just come together beautifully. I needed comfort, i needed good food and i needed love for my soul. I recommend you always make more than you need as you will and can eat this for 2-3 days after it has cooked. Thats what i do. Always nice to know that there is some love in the fridge.
1 whole large chicken
2 large onions
2 large donkey carrots
3 large kestrel or 6 small potatoes
1 bunch of spring greens
- First get a deep pot and add some olive oil.
- Drop in the Cardamom and let them toast for a minute or so.
- Take the onions, peel them and cut two crosses on each end, leaving them whole. Roast them in the oil with the cardamom. This will help seal in the flavour and also take the flavour of the cardamom. Don't go mad. Just slightly colour them.
- Add the chicken in chopped pieces and add the water to cover.
- Add salt at this point to flavour the soup.
- I like to keep all the bones in there to create a delicious stock flavour.
- 45 minutes into the cooking i add the carrots which i usually cut length ways and then in 3 when they are big.
- 10 minutes after putting the carrots, i add the potatoes which i would cut in 4 if large, or in two if small.
- Right at the end just before serving i add large shredded spring greens and mix in. I like to keep them crunchy which adds colour, texture and also all the goodness of the leaf.
This soup will last you and soothe you and heal you. It should also take you back to a place in life where you feel safe and familiar. I know it does this for me. I know it is healing me.
Try it and see how you feel.
It simply is the healer of souls (and swollen ribs)