Tuesday, December 22, 2009

My recipe: Switch on low heat and forget

It has been snowing most of the morning, now it looks much like this (photo was taken earlier). This is where we live. We've been thinking of moving closer to J's company, but we are not likely to find such a snug place at the same price, green environment AND the short distance to the metro which is important for me since I don't drive (right, I'm a person without a driver's licence which is probably hard to believe, but I just never learnt to drive a car. I'm not a great cook either, I like to put all the stuff into one big pot, as you can see it here: Chicken joints, carots, broccoli, an interesting potatoe with a reddish peel, but yellow inside (eager to try it! Did not peel it, I am the laziest of cooks), onions, a sour apple, a little fresh ginger and white wine/hot water to extinguish. I added half a cube of vegetable extract with sea salt. This will be simmering for more than one hour. Dinner for at least two days. I believe in long-cooked food in winter. Vitamines? We need heat. My Tibetan doctor told me so.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, young mothers right after giving birth were served a chicken soup that had been simmering for 48 hours. Reminds of the "goldene joich" from jewish cooking, doesn't it?

11 comments:

Diane said...

love the addition of the sour apple. I bet that is good!

Judy said...

your snowfall looks delightful. we rarely get snow here, and I miss it. Love your soup....I can almost smell it simmering away on the stove!

Merry Christmas Eva!

Kay Koeper Sorensen said...

After looking at the photo and the snow I have to tell you you could live right next door to me.
It looks just the same here and the snow is gently falling.

ArtSparker said...

Looks delicious. For a fast meal, I like to do a cut up apple, chicken sausage and basil sauteed and spooned over noodles.

Deborah said...

One pot cooking is my favorite way to cook. This looks delicious!

Rayna said...

An apple - what an interesting touch! One-pot cooking is great but my husband doesn't like soups or stews or things with lots of sauce. I make a pot of soup and eat it myself.

Lazy cooking is fine - the potato skins are full of vitamins (so my mother used to say) and this should be yummy.
Yes, chicken soup is a universal cure for everything...in every culture.

Marie said...

I am all for simple when it comes to cooking.
I like the one pot idea and slow cooking makes
the food taste so much better. Stay warm : )

Chris Gray said...

..if I lived a bit closer, I'd be asking you to set another place!...

X Chris

Celeste Bergin said...

what a good looking dinner! It's pretty!

Anonymous said...

A slow cooker would be the perfect piece of equipment for you. Otherwise called a crockpot. Put all your ingredients in, turn it on slow, plug it in and forget about it......all day...

Next time leave the broccoli until the last 10mins or so. They get too soft imo. This is the way I cook at often times, only I place potatoes and carrots at the bottom of the pot....the meat and other ingredients on top. Cover it and leave it on a very low fire for hours!!!
Gema....(I am too lazy to sign in to Google it is way past midnight here...Happy Holidays to you too...whatever you celebrate....

patstudio said...

you cook slow and easy. me too. it's my favorite method. in winter, so important to have those warm fragrances and comforting soups and stews.

how fortunate that you are at the peak of your creativity at this time (or any time, for that matter!) enjoy it while it lasts, my friend.

and happy holidays to you and J.