About a week and a half ago, I had just returned from an arduous 3-state trip. The flu season is in full-swing. I had been crammed in airplanes and airports with people who were not well. My feet had gotten cold. I hadn't slept much or well for days. I was exhausted and feeling under the weather. I needed Chicken Soup! I wanted Matzoh Ball Soup. I did not want to make it.
I'm not aware of a local Jewish Deli. So I Tweeted and Facebooked my desire and only got one response... "needle in a haystack" :-/
I won't go so far as to say there is no Jewish population where we live, but I feel comfortable in saying that the local Jewish population is small. So I settled for some Chicken-Vegetable Soup from Whole Foods. It was fine, but not what I wanted.
I got plenty of other fluids and sleep and managed to not get sick.
This weekend, I still had the craving for Matzoh Ball Soup. So I decided to oven-roast a couple of chickens and make my own broth.
Now, my broth is something that I have been working on. My goal has been flavorful and clear but I have yet to get there. Then I happened to catch an episode of Martha Stewart's Cooking School on PBS that was all about Chicken Broth. Lastly, I had a coaching session with one of Hubba's cousins.
The final result was pretty darn good. A flavorful, rich and relatively, clear broth. Not perfect yet, but so much better than any I had made before. The matzohs though, were tender and perfect.
I would call this a win.