Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Food: Matzoh Ball Soup

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.


Spinster Beth said...

I'm a vegetarian ... so I can't comment much on how to make chicken broth! Plus, I use those sticky cubes for all my boullioun needs!

Kathryn Ray said...

I have friend who tells me that her daughter makes a delicious vegetarian version. I have plans to get more info. ;-)

Alittlebitsheepish said...

That looks delicious. Glad you managed to avoid the germs

Anonymous said...

Whats a Matzoh when its at home??? Chicken broth I get but what is the Matzoh part of the soup??? (**This is a cross cultural exhange question!!) - K xx

Christine said...

Yum.. my favourite type of soup.
I find the slow cooker incredibly useful for making broth.
Fingers crossed your feet stay warm and those pesky airline bugs are held at bay. :)