Brrrr! Today has been windy, rainy and chilly! The kind of wind that blows the rain in sideways, or your front door right open, and the kind of chill that you can feel right to the bone. The girls and I spent most of the day indoors, where it was warm and dry. It has been such a drastic change from the week before when we had white, fluffy snow that lured us outside and gave us a festive feeling. On the upside, the dreary weather does seem to make comfort food much more comforting. When you come inside to the smell of home cooking, after being out in this kind of weather, the house seems so warm and inviting. The smell of homemade chicken noodle soup makes my heart smile. It is the most soothing of all comfort foods and really is food for the soul. Here is my recipe for the classic comfort food. Stay warm and dry and if you can't, at least make some chicken soup!
1 whole chicken, washed and giblets removed
1 onion, peeled and cut in half
4 carrots, peeled and cut in half
3 bay leaves
1 teaspoon whole peppercorns
Meat from the whole chicken used in the stock
4 carrots, sliced horizontally
1 onion, diced
1 cup brown rice noodles (any shape or size you desire)
1 cup frozen green peas
In a large pot place all the broth ingredients. Fill the pot with water until it just covers the top of the chicken.
Over high heat bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and allow to cook for at minimum of 4 hours. The meat on the chicken will fall off the bone when ready.
Remove from heat and allow to cool, until you are able to handle the chicken without burning your fingers.
Strain the stock into another large pot. Go through the chicken and pull out all of the good parts, leaving all the bones, skin, fat as well as the vegetables and seasonings to be discarded.
Place the chicken back into the stock in the new pot and cook on medium heat. Add carrots, onions and noodles and allow to cook for 5 minutes. Add frozen peas and allow to cook for 3 more minutes. Noodles should be cooked by now, if they are not allow to cook until they are done.