Ah, soup. My little comfort zone. I’ve been stuck in a soup rut for a while. It’s almost always Winter Melon Soup or ABCD Soup or Lotus Roots Soup (recipe coming up eventually) up my neck of woods. It’s time to change things up a bit.
I wanted something colourful, something quick, something with vegetables in it. Rummaging through my fridge, I found these few ingredients and I thought, these should work! PS: I made this soup within about a hour. Not too shabby indeed!
Early Sunday morning, I retrieved some Chicken Drumsticks, Cabbage quarter, Carrot, Frozen Peas, Potato, Onion, Goji Berries, Dried Scallops, Dried Oysters & Ground Ginger from my pantry and fridge. I could have used fresh ginger but I ran out. Use whatever’s on hand, right?
Before I went further, I wanted to get the chicken broth going first so all the drumsticks, goji berries, died oyster and scallops went in. They take a little longer for their flavours to be released.
It was light yet filling. Just right with some rice. The folks I served this to loved it.
Sometimes impromptu cooking can be pretty exciting. I’m glad I came up with this because this won’t be the last time I’ll be making it.
“Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.” (Psalm 27:14)
Veggieful Chicken Soup
3 Chicken Drumsticks
1/4 head of Cabbage (appx 300 gms or a little over 1/2 lbs), cored and cut to big chunks
1 Onion, peeled & quartered
1 Potato, peeled & wedged
1 Carrot, peeled & wedged
1/2 cup frozen Peas
3 tbsp Goji Berries (kei chi)
1 tbsp dried Scallops
2 tbsp dried Oyster
1/2 tbsp powdered Ginger (or 3 slices fresh ginger)
1 tbsp Salt
appx 6 cups water
- Before preparing other ingredients, bring water to boil. Drop chicken drumsticks, goji berries, dried oysters & dried scallop into the boiling water. Add in powdered ginger & salt.
- Meanwhile, prepare your veggies.
- Add onion, carrot & potato. Let water come to a boil then reduce to a simmer, for 40 minutes.
- Toss in cabbage & peas and let it come to a boil again and reduce to a simmer for another 15 minutes.
- Check seasoning and serve up.
- Great with rice or even on it’s own.