Soul Food

 chicken soup
Chicken soups.
          They are not laced with complexities. Easy, comforting, wholesome. They look so genteel, but in reality, they are the powerhouse of nutrition we need. They come in different variations, but still, they give a good idea of everything we need to know. Almost everything. Our food anchors us to a place. A place like home. A place on the road. A place when we’re in love. A place when we’re sick in bed on those chilly Sunday mornings.
           The soup is resolutely savoury, with a base of onions and chicken bones upon which this soup is started upon. It cooks some more, simmering as we sing along, until we top it up with carrots and potatoes. Y’know, stuff that food dreams are made of. Give it a good hour of simmering to bring out the flavour. Meanwhile, you can watch the re-run of Friends. The final few minutes call upon a few good ingredients. For me, some finely chopped parsley leaves will suffice, bringing out the aromatic note.
            After a month of decadent indulgences over Christmas and the new year’s, we’ll all be thankful for some good old chicken soup for the soul.
           In good gusto, this one also feeds a gang with good abundance.
Prep time: 1 hour
Onions, sliced
Potatoes, diced
Carrots, sliced into rounds
2 Chicken Fillets
Pasta [or macaroni if you wish]
Handful of cilantro or parsley leaves
Serves 2.

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