What’s fall without an over abundance of pumpkins in every form, in every direction?
Sitting beside my living room window on an upper floor of the apartment building, I can see most of the parking lot below. It’s full this late at night, everyone is home and probably snug in bed on this cold and dreary evening. The rain that started falling several days ago is still keeping up a gentle drizzle, making the metal bodies of the cars below glisten in the glow of the streetlights.
I look down at the lot, shrouded in rain, mist and shadows, not a soul in sight. And just as I start to look away, something, something indefinite, something shadowy, begins to move.
Summer is finally over and boy did it take its sweet time about it. Summer is all well and good but give me the cool, crisp days of Fall over hot Summer days any time.
So yes, to honor the start of Fall, here’s a lovely little recipe for Chicken Hot and Sour Soup to warm you on the cool nights ahead!
What you need:
- 1 chicken breast, cut julienne style
- 2 cups Chicken stock
- 1-2 cups water
- 1/2 – 1 tsp red chili pepper
- 2 tbsp tomato paste
- 2 egg whites, beaten
- 4 tbsp cornstarch, dissolved in water
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- Thinly chopped cabbage
- Thinly chopped carrots
- Sliced mushrooms
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- 1-2 tbsp white vinegar (depending on how ‘sour’ you like your soup :))
- Take a large pot and pour in the chicken stock and water, bring it to a boil
- Add the red chilli pepper and the tomato paste, cook for a few minutes
- Add the chicken and cook on medium heat till chicken is tender
- Add salt
- Add the cornstarch mix but don’t add all of it at once. Pour in half, mix and let simmer for a minute or two to check consistency. If the soup is still not thick enough for your liking, add more till desired consistency is reached
- Now add the soy sauce, vinegar and black pepper
- Add the veggies and cook for no more than 3-4 minutes otherwise the vegetables will get too limp
- Now pour in the egg whites in a circular motion, let cook for a minute befitting stirring.
- Serve hot!
I love soup, it’s one of my all time favorite foods! What about you? What’s your favorite soup recipe?
“What do you want for dinner Lilly? I made some rice for you, are you hungry?”
“No I don’t want rice!”
“Ok do you want me to make you some nuggets? Or a sandwich?”
“You have to have dinner baby”
“I don’t want to!”
“I made some nuggets for you baby, come eat!”
“I’m not hungry!”
“Come on sweetheart! I’ll let you watch cartoons while you eat!”
“But you have to promise to eat too, ok?”
*too busy watching cartoons to answer*
“You still haven’t finished your dinner Lilly! It’s bedtime!”
“No more dinner!”
“Just a little more baby, there’s only one left…”
“Ok ok, than let’s go get ready for bed..”
“W-What? What happened? What’s wrong? What are doing out of bed?”
“Mommy I want rice”
“Mommy I want rice!”
No, I haven’t taken up smoking or drinking or smoke-drinking (that’s a thing right?). My addiction is a lot more acceptable (and a lot more common) in this day and age.
What is it?
Once a tech-nerd always a tech-nerd, right?
I loved the idea of micro-blogging when I first signed up for twitter way back in 2012, but I definitely wasn’t prepared for how addictive it would be. Who knew that getting news, humor, entertainment and more in 160 character bites could be so addictive to a frazzled stay-at-home mom with zero me-time?
On second thought, I probably should have seen that one coming.
So yes, Twitter is definitely a rabbit hole I have inadvertently fallen down and I don’t see myself coming out of it any time soon.
On an unrelated note, are you on Twitter? If you are, come say hi!
Mondays aren’t exactly the most beloved of days, in fact some would argue that they’re the least-looked-forward-to day of the week. I get it of course, Monday signals the end of the weekend and back to the daily grind of work or school or both for most people and that sucks.
Sometimes though, Monday can be a good thing. For instance, if you were perhaps (hypothetically) having a really really bad week, than a Monday would signal the end of that week and the hope of a better week to come, right? So if, hypothetically speaking, someone had managed to cut herself badly while dicing tomatoes…
…then the end of the week would mean no more bad luck, right? I know they say bad news/luck comes in 3s, but if it’s Monday, than that streak of unfortunate events can’t carry forward to the new week, right?
Hypothetically speaking of course.