Chicken Noodle Soup

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You remember a couple weeks back when I pretty much had a nervous breakdown at the thought of steaming live lobsters?
No?
Yes you do.

That was the day I frantically ran downstairs, banged on Jonathans door, asked him if he was afraid of lobsters and when he said he wasn’t, begged him to help me put those 2 huge lobsters in the pot because they were freaking me the fuck out.
Remember??
And although he was under the weather this man, this hero immediately followed me upstairs to handle business for me.
That’s hero with a capital H.

 

Well as life will have it, turns out Jonathan actually reads my blog.
Maybe it’s all the nice words you guys had to say about him that day or maybe it’s that I’m cute as a button (it’s probably this), but a couple weeks ago, Jonathan asked if we could cook together.

So a few days ago, we did.

 

You know it’s funny when it comes to cooking with someone in my kitchen, I get really uncomfortable.
Like I don’t really trust people to cook in my kitchen.

It’s like for whatever reason, the responsibility of using my utensils and knowing where to go for what, is something only I can do.
“Uhh…what can you do?”
*genuine pause
“Ummm….boil some water?”
*sour look from them

The idea of someone cooking side by side with me, each of us working independently….
Yeeaaahhhh no…
I mean…I look at it like pro sports team try-outs.

 

You’ve first got to convince me beyond a reasonable doubt that you know what you’re doing. Like a court trial.
That you know your way around the fucking kitchen.
That you know what to do when.

Enough evidence of this, then you can start coming to team practices.
This is where I monitor your ability to be a team player.

If you’re too talkative – you’re out.
If you don’t close drawers after you open them – you’re out.
If I have to clean up behind you – you’re out.
If listening to music bothers you while we cook – I will bench you until the team has no choice but to have you in the game.

 

When I first met Jonathan, we were in his apt and he was sort of showing me around.
Actually wait a min – we first met in the laundry room in the basement, right Jonathan?

And I was sitting on top of the washing machine, bored as fuck because the thing kept showing it had 1 min left to go and that was 20 mins ago.
We made some small talk that I don’t really remember because I’d just smoked some pot and I was in one of those happy highs.
You know how it is..

We exchanged apt #s at the end which led me to being in his apt a few weeks later.

 

So like I was saying, I stop over and he’s showing me around while I’m mentally comparing his apt layout to mine.
We get to his kitchen and he explains to me that he’d just manually calibrated his oven and was reviewing recipes from The French Laundry Cookbook, debating on whether to use his sous vide machine for dinner that night.

I just nodded at all this but inside I was going oh shit, oh shit, oh shit.
Like he has a g*ddamn sous vide machine.
What kind of magic is going on in this apt?

 

Squid ink pasta came up at one point and he goes, “Oh yeah, I made this for my husband the other day with squid ink pasta.”
This is what he showed me.
His Instagram: @Jonathanweigh

I just popped my gum and glared at him.
Nah, I’m kidding.
But I was impressed and told him so.
He was on the team.

Cut to about a year later and he’s putting lobster in boiling water for me, asking if we can cook together.
This is how it starts people, this is how it always starts.

 

So as our d-day grew closer, the weather grew colder and immediately we knew we were going to make some kind of soup.
We settled on Chicken Noodle Soup not because we were sick or anything, but because it was the right thing to do.

Saturday eventually rolls around, my co-chef comes up bringing homemade chicken broth, a french loaf and the noodles.
But then he reaches back in his bag and surprises me by pulling out foie gras and oxtail paté.

Whaaaaat.

 

This is one of those things where you know you can’t have a lot of it because it’s so g*ddamn decadent but you immediately want all of it.

So in an effort to get to that moment, we got right down to business.
He pretty much did all the cooking while I angled around him, taking the pictures.

And when the time came to spreading a thick layer of that oxtail foie gras on the french loaf he brought, we both did a happy dance, sliding around my kitchen floor in our thick winter socks.

 

So if you’re ever having one of those, ‘I don’t have anything to eaaat in my fridge’ moments.
Or have some leftover chicken but don’t know what to really do with it, make this.
It’s such a simple pleasure, why deny yourself?

 

 

 

Chicken Noodle Soup

What I Used.

2 cups Diced Chicken. 10 cups Chicken Broth. 1 ½ cup Diced Carrots. 1 ½ cups Diced Celery (optional – I forgot this). ½ an Onion (finely Chopped). 2 Thai Chili Peppers. Olive Oil. Salt. Pepper.

What I Did. 

Like I said, this is a really, really easy soup to make.
Begin by chopping up everything; chicken, carrots, onions…all of it.
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Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a large.
Add in the onions and cook until they begin to turn translucent.
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Then add the chopped chicken to the pot and cook under med-high flame, stirring often.
Stir in some salt & pepper.
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Cook, stirring frequently, until the chicken is no longer pink.
Now, if you’re using chicken breast, pay attention here, or you’ll run the risk of over cooking it but if you using dark meat, don’t worry about it.
It’s a lot harder to overcook dark meat.

 

Next, add in the carrots, celery (if you’re using any), Thai peppers and chicken broth.
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Cook for 8 – 10 mins or until the carrots are tender.
Taste and adjust seasonings if needed.

 

Lastly, add in the pasta.
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Cook until the pasta is al dente.
Adjust seasoning as necessary.

 

Serve in a bowl with bread.
Toasted, garlic, paté-ed ….whatever, just make sure it’s good bread.
You’re gonna want a team player to go with this soup.
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82 Comments

      1. hahaha, I can imagine, I probably would do the same thing. Soup is great!

        Trying to figure out what to have for dinner tonight! :O
        maybe soup? 🙂
        xx

  1. Wonderful post- I can SO relate to what you said about people asking if they can cook with you. I just smile politely and give some half-assed answer that gets them off my back and all the while I’m thinking *Um, I’m pretty sure there would be nothing for you to do. How am I supposed to take all the credit for this marvelous meal if you ‘help’? Yeah, thanks but no thanks* lol

    I’m a lime-light hog in the kitchen in case you couldn’t tell 😉

    This soup is perfect for this bitter winter we’ve got going on right now. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    1. LOL @ “how am I supposed to take all the credit for this marvelous meal if you help”
      hahahahaha!!
      Ah well at least you’re honest!
      Nothing wrong with being a kitchen diva 🙂

  2. Dana – OMG!! Those Thai Peppers would zap out any signs of sickness (if there was sickness) for sure. I love this! David and I CANNOT get along in the kitchen, unless each of us has a task of our own and we are back to back and can’t see what the other is doing. If we see what the other is doing, we try to tell the other they are doing something wrong or in my case most (all) of the time I am telling him he is being too messy! I usually allow David to cook in the kitchen when it is at its grungiest, that way I don’t have that sinking heart feeling about how much he messed up my spotless counter tops. That man gets shit on everything!!

    Debbie
    P.S. We don’t do lobsters in our house anymore…lol! 😉

    1. Hahaha @ the PS.
      Yeah, we only used a couple of those peppers and they actually weren’t that bad. We started off with one, tasted it and was like, ‘meh, let’s try another’.
      Jonathan and I both have an affinity for spice 🙂

      And yes – you and David = me and pretty much anyone.
      I haaaaate a messy kitchen lol. I literally cringe as I watch the mess occurring like it actually hurts me. I’m so dramatic :p
      Like I won’t even let you do dishes if you’re a messy dishwasher…

  3. Yeah. Now I’m hungry. Thanks. 😉 Good thing I don’t live down the hall. I wouldn’t come banging on your door to cook with you. Oh no! I would come banging on your door and eat all your food! Hit-and-run food heist

  4. Damn! I think me cooking 15 bean soup in my crock pot for the kids is fancy…I really want to cook amazing things one day…so dope! Jonathan is pretty dope…can’t wait for more recipes.

  5. Damn – you guys are not fuckin’ around. I would never “make the team.” Me: I just cook from the soul – no real technique or style. I do learn a lot reading your blog, though. Thanks for the inspiration.

    1. Something going with the soul flow is all you need, you know?
      Cooking shouldn’t be too thought out unless you’re hired to cook for someone in which case you owe them some thought in the matter lol
      xx

    1. Thank you!
      And yes, Lobsters….I can cook anything and eat pretty much anything but holding those squirmy, spiny things, even briefly, freaks me out.
      It’s basically a phobia for me.
      And I don’t plan on facing that fear anytime soon 🙂
      Have a great weekend beautiful!
      xxx

  6. I’m coming down with a cold and could really do with that fabulous soup right now…. I mainly prefer to cook alone, but sometimes people can surprise you!
    The first time a I bought a live crab to cook, I freaked out and put it in the bath tub with some water while waiting for someone – anyone – to arrive and put it in the pot for me….I should never have named her, that was the problem…. SEND Soup now!

    1. Yes ma’am!
      SOS message received.
      My carrier pigeon should be arriving there shortly 🙂

      And LOL at your crab.
      For some reason, cooking crab isn’t a problem for me. Maybe because they’re slower, thus less scarier than lobsters..
      I dunno
      And I would say ‘oh poor baby, feel better’ but you just did Thailand!
      Come on…

  7. Great looking soup there Lady Cake and the J-man is a doll! Ha, at shutting kitchen drawers. You are one tough lady…(yesterday I was going nuts in the kitchen and I turned around and I had left abut 4 cupboard doors open. I would have kicked myself out if I could have!)

  8. So glad you found your soulmate, Dana – I can assure you wouldn’t be stalking me for long, the mess I make is unbelievable 😉 The boyfriend, on the other hand, would love you. I’m not sure he’d agree to wearing your surgical gloves, though …

    1. They’re not surgical glooooooves, they’re food gloves. I need to take a picture of the glove packaging so you’ll believe me.
      And I wanna use his sous-vide machine next. Photoshoot in Jonathans apartment 😀

  9. That looks like an epic soup… I’m especially a fan of hot chili’s in my food. And in a soup, it just warms up the warmth that the cold has let in this winter. One might go so far as to call it bitter 😉 Well done m’lady!

  10. OH! Hell yes, That is what it’s all about! Also Kitchen’s are made to have rules… I’m a little ocd with my knives… so much so i have a really cheap and nasty set in the bottom draw that i pull out for people to use… they tend just to stare at the pretty ones hanging in the kitchen…. Back off they’re mine.. 🙂

  11. OMG! I was trying to guess what that delicious butter substance could be from the first photo and I was thinking maybe some kind of chocolate butter haha but foie gras and oxtail pate! This guy knows how to impress! That looks amazing, whenever my boyfriend or I is sick we make each other chicken soup with tons of garlic and it always does the trick! I never get no foie gras though I’ll tell you that… 😀

    http://www.danikamaia.com

  12. LMAO Omg can’t @ the lobsters. They are legit really scary tbh. Why are they so big? I’m always scared one of their claws will chop my finger off…..irrational and unlikely to ever happen. BUT STILL PROBABLE. You never know….also this soup looks delectable, as does every food post on your blog 😛

  13. Reading all your stories makes me imagine you to be someone like April from parks and recreation! Extremely funny, the dark humor kind but so lovable. I would hug you if I could, but then again I imagine, like April you’d probably go like “ewww don’t touch me” hahaha love it!

  14. The oxtail Fou gras on the French bread looks amazing. I too made chicken soup this weekend. It was tasty with butternut squash, onions, garlic, carrots, chicken, turkey (just whatever I could find in the fridge), but not surprising, yours blows it away visually and am sure taste wise too. Gorgeous photos and fun story!

    xo Bry
    BrightonHillNaughtyandNice

    1. Bry that sounds awesome!
      Soups are the best thing, especially for leftovers!
      You can just dump everything in it and somehow it still comes out incredible!
      I bet yours was delicious, especially with that turkey, yes!!
      xxoo

  15. Looks yummy – I’d like someone to come and make this for me. I don’t do shared cooking either. It always ends in an argument. For some reason other people just don’t like being told what to do. Or told they’re not doing it right!

    1. Right?
      it’s just easier to do the cooking yourself. You know what to do, you know when to do it, you know where things are…it’s the obvious choice.
      We have to be making something reeaaaalllly simple for me to stand down haha

  16. All of my neighbors are so old and boring- so old that one of my friends, who has some paranormal abilities, told me recently he could feel the presence of spirits in my apartment awwwwwwwwwww so no cooking together as you can imagine! Such a pity! This is an inspiration for this weekend- I haven’t had this soup for ages 🙂 here is cold too 😦

      1. I’m fine just really busy, I have to focus on work unfortunately, still in my job search- disaster to be honest! Will drop you an email soon xx

    1. Nah, next I’m gonna play on that sous vide machine of his and cook something out of his $150 cookbooks.
      He brought me up dinner Wed night, with a sous vide egg in the middle, cooked for 1 hour at 60C.
      We’ll eventually leave the kitchen

  17. Yuuumm!! I love Chicken Noodle Soup and hey! aaaages ago wasn’t there a rap song with same title ha! I might just get my lazy ass to make this recipe or as I am in Nigeria now, get the chef to do it as when I’m here I like to indulge myself by passing on the cooking privileges to someone else! You sure love your sport, I love the way you find ways to make references to it in your fashion or cooking posts!

    1. Don’t pass it on!
      Cooking is half the fun!
      Unless this guys is just a master chef or something lol.

      And yes I do make a lot of sport references, don’t I?
      I’m a girl with 3 older brothers, I’m pretty active hee hee 🙂
      xx

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