Well it’s official, the wintery weather has arrived in our neck of the woods. We went from 16 ºC (60.8 ºF) last Friday to feeling like -9 ºC (15.8 ºF) by Monday. Crazy right?! Oh, and if the cold wasn’t enough, it was also snowy and slushy for the Monday morning commute to work. My normal 20 minute commute to work took me 1 hour and 10 minutes on Monday. Ugh!
Oh well, I can’t really say that this is unusual or unexpected. This is all part and parcel of being Canadian :-). We complain a little about the weather at the beginning of each season (except for Fall…no complaints there for me personally), but then we get used to it again. Even with the cold, the lousy and long drive to work on Monday, and the cold and snow yet to come, I wouldn’t trade our 4 season life in Canada for any other option. Winter is cold (and long), but snow ball fights, skating and tobogganing are all so much fun and make for great family memory-making! Fair warning… if you ever see me on a ski slope or skating rink, move away quickly! It might not end well 🙂 I’m just that good (not).
In our home we celebrate Christmas… so when we see snow we start getting in the mood for Christmasy (is that a word?) things. This year is no exception! I tend to procrastinate, but Liz keeps us on track. All the decoration boxes came out of storage and by the end last weekend, our house looked and felt festive! Michael managed to hookup the tree properly so that all the lights worked. I failed at that two years in a row, so kudos to Michael!
Cozy food for Cold Winter Days
I’ve already mentioned this in past posts, but I love soup! Almost any soup makes me happy. For me personally, it’s not even about warming me up… I have lots of natural insulation to do that job 😉 I just love the flavour of a good brothy (is that a word?) or creamy soup. Since the beginning of our blog, we’ve posted many soup recipes, even a rice chicken soup that’s similar to this one. This one won’t be our last either…so stay tuned for more soupy goodness over the coming months.
Today’s soup is inspired by the recent snow falls in our area. Although most soups are comfort food, there’s something special about a chicken noodle soup on a cold winter day or when you’re feeling under the weather.
Here’s an important tip: don’t forget a squeeze of lemon for the final touch! It adds something extra special to this soup.
What I love about this soup is that it’s prepared the old-fashioned way. Instead of adding a store-bought broth, I make the broth as I’m making the soup, with lots of chicken and veggies. The soup takes a bit longer to make this way, but it’s so worth it! You can taste the difference this homemade touch makes.
Whatever it is that you’re getting ready to celebrate, enjoy it with loved ones, and alway eat well, friends!
Classic Chicken Noodle Soup
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 1 cooking onion diced
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 4 lbs (1.8 kg) chicken leg quarters
- 1 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 4 tsp coarse salt
- 10 cups water
- 1 1/2 cups celery chopped
- 1 1/2 cups carrots chopped
- 1 1/2 cups elbow pasta
- 1/2 cup fresh parley chopped
- Heat the olive oil in a large pot on medium high.
- Add the onions and garlic, and sauté until the onions are translucent.
- Place the chicken pieces in the pot.
- Add the salt and pepper.
- Add the water.
- Cover the pot and bring to a boil.
- Reduce the heat to medium and simmer for 25 minutes.
- Add the celery and carrots.
- Cover and simmer on medium for 25 more minutes.
- Use tongs to remove the chicken leg quarters from the pot into a large bowl and set aside.
- Add the pasta to the pot, cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
- Once the pasta is cooked, take the pot off the burner.
- Once the chicken is cool to the touch, remove the skin and bones.
- Chop the chicken and add it to the pot.
- Add the parsley and mix well.
- Serve hot and enjoy!