2.27.2020

GINGER COCONUT CHICKEN SOUP // the local food report


There’s a flu going around. Hacking coughs, sore throats, noses running faster than the cheeks they crown. In our house we’re fighting it every way we can: with summer-dried teas of foraged blackberry leaves and rosehips steeped with local honey. With ice-cold smoothies made from last year’s frozen peaches and mulberries. And of course, chicken soup.

We started raising our own birds for meat three years ago. Our friend Drew raises pastured poultry in Truro, and one August day he delivered 15 just-hatched Freedom Ranger chicks to the moveable pen we built in the backyard. They ate and drank and ate some more, and two months later they were ready for slaughter, full size. We killed and plucked and gutted them, froze them, and took a break from chicken for a while.

There are six left in the freezer from this summer, six that I intended to measure alongside our hunger, to stretch along. But we’ve eaten two in two weeks; we need them now.

The other day I pulled out a bird and let it thaw. I unwrapped it from its plastic bag—I have searched high and low for a size of reusable freezer bag that fits a 4-pound chicken, like the silicone ones they advertise for berries and corn. But no one seems to have invented this one. And so I threw yet more plastic out and cranked the oven on and rubbed the bird with salt and pepper and oil. I cooked it until the skin was tight and bubbling and brown. We ate: white meat for my older daughter and my husband and dark meat for me and my five-year-old. After dinner I pulled the rest of the meat from the bones. I set aside the extra skin in its own container—there’s a salad I like to make with grapefruit, butter lettuce, and avocado, topped with crispy chicken skin.

With the skin sorted and the meat pulled, I put the carcass on to simmer with scraps from the freezer. I dug out a jar crammed with carrot peelings and celery trimmings and an onion that had started to sprout. I left it to simmer until bedtime, then to cool until dawn. 


The next morning as the sun comes up orangey pink over the kitchen windowsill I wake the girls for school and while they breakfast I make soup. I grate ginger, crack open a can of coconut milk, pour in full-fat homemade chicken stock. Nina Planck’s Real Food Cookbook reminds me that coconut milk is rich in lauric acid, an antiviral fatty acid also found in breast milk. This luscious soup, she says, is the ultimate cold-and-flu therapy.

I tweak it a bit. I add red curry paste and rice and frozen corn. I thicken it with meat pulled from the carcass, salt it, and serve it hot. It soothes our throats and cuts into our coughs. It’s time to order this spring’s birds from the hatchery, I think. To raise on summer bugs and grass for another winter’s colds and coughs.

GINGER COCONUT CHICKEN SOUP

This recipe is adapted from Nina Planck's Real Food Cookbook. Her original is more of a broth; I added some chunks to make it feel more like a meal. Ginger and lemon are known immune boosters; Planck points out that coconut milk is too, rich in lauric acid, "the antiviral fatty acid found in breast milk (and required, by law, to be in infant formula) that gives newborns immunity." Also, and most importantly, it's delicious. I start this soup by making a roast chicken for dinner, then broth and soup from the carcass the next day. 

one 1-inch piece fresh ginger
juice of 1 lemon
6 cups chicken stock, preferably homemade
4 cups unsweetened, full-fat coconut milk
1/2 teaspoon red curry paste
1/2 teaspoon red chili pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/3 cup dry brown rice
2 cups frozen corn
2 cups chopped/pulled chicken meat
optional: chopped cilantro, for garnish

With the skin on, grate the ginger as fine as your grater will allow. Combine the grated ginger, lemon juice, chicken stock, coconut milk, red curry paste, chili flakes, salt, and brown rice in a large soup pot. Warm over medium high heat until the mixture comes to a boil. Turn down to low and simmer, covered, for roughly 30 minutes, or until the rice is cooked through. Stir in the corn and chicken and serve piping hot. Garnish with cilantro if you like, or, if you are Nora, simply eat the garnish alongside the soup by the fistful. Huzzah!

39 comments :

ACP Medical Billing Services USA said...
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.
AOL sign up said...

Another way to make a familiar dish. I think it will be very attractive. I will do it for my family’s dinner. Thanks for your guidance a lot!
bubble shooter

Anonymous said...

Drug addiction
Addiction center in lahore
Best drug rehab
Psychiatrist in lahore
Counseling center in lahore

Anonymous said...

Medical Care Services
Lab Testing Services
Physiotherapy Services
Nursing Care Services
Elder Care Services
Best Home Care Services
Ambulance Services
Urgent Ambulance Services

jhon said...

How to get cheap life insurance ? please visit mlifeinsurance.com for more details
Get a free life insurance policy quotes for senior plan life insurance over 50 to over 80. M-Life insurance agents shop 30+ carriers to find seniors cheapest life insurance
Life Insurance For Seniors (2020)

Pradeep Appslure said...

Mobile app development company in gurgaon

ef said...

Nice article https://desitrick.tech

Get free data offer,free recharge,free Paytm cash,earn money online and more

Packers Movers Jaipur said...

Get Packers and Movers Jaipur List of Top Reliable, 100% Affordable, Verified and Secured Service Provider. Get Free ###Packers and Movers Jaipur Price Quotation instantly and Save Cost and Time. Packers and Movers Jaipur ✔ ✔ ✔ Reviews and Compare Charges for household Shifting, Home/Office Relocation, ***Car Transportation, Pet Relocation, Bike SHifting @ Packers And Movers Jaipur

SMEQuest said...

That is such a nice post. Thanks for sharing. If anyone wants then also read -
Top 5 Trends That Will transform Singapore’s Grocery Retail Market in 2020

Packers Movers Hyderabad said...

Packers and Movers Hyderabad Give Certified and Verified Service Providers, Cheap and Best ###Office Relocation Charges, ***Home Shifting, ✔✔✔Goods Insurance worth Rs. 10,000, Assurance for Local and Domestic House Shifting. Safe and Reliable Household Shifting Services in Hyderabad with Reasonable Packers and Movers Price Quotation @ Packers And Movers Hyderabad

Packers And Movers Delhi said...

Get Shifting/Relocation Quotation from ###Packers and Movers Delhi. Packers and Movers Delhi 100% Affordable and Reliable ***Household Shifting Services. Compare Transportation Charges and Save Time, Verified and Trusted Packers and Movers in Delhi, Cheap and Safe Local, Domestic House Shifting @
Packers And Movers Delhi

Packers and Movers Gurgaon said...

Packers and Movers Gurgaon Provide Reliable, Safe and Certified Service Provider list, Get Free ***Best Price Quotaition and Compare Charges. ???Hassle free Household Shifting Services, High Quality packing Material, Office Relocation, Car Transportaion, ###Local and Domestic Shifting Service @
Packers And Movers Gurgaon

Packers Movers Chennai said...

Packers and Movers Chennai Give Safe and Reliable ***Household Shifting Services in Chennai with Reasonable ###Packers and Movers Price Quotation. We Provide Household Shifting, Office Relocation, ✔ ✔ ✔ Local and Domestic Transportation Services, Affordable and Reliable Shifting Service Charges. @ Packers And Movers Chennai

Your Directory Submission said...

Nice post, it will be great full or us, thanks for sharing

Get free hosting
free guest posting

Kaylee Bryson said...

This is one post that is very impressive, it is quite unique and even though the information offered isn't very detailed, I can find it very helpful. This is nice. When looking for the best Link Building Assistance and Articles Submission help, it could at times pose a challenge to many people. This is why we are here, a team of professionally skilled statisticians that deliver nothing but the best assistance. We are ever ready to provide excellent services
Ben Aldridge Fleabag Jacket

Nuwan said...

Read more about Maryland Court; Maryland Court

Izavishek.com said...

How manage time in Hindi

DR lyee said...

The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is moderately long and low, less heavily boned than the Cardigan Welsh Corgi. The breed combines a weather-resistant undercoat of medium length with a coarser outer coat of slightly longer length.
http://welshcorgifarm.online

buy medsolutionstore.com
buy morphine-sulphate online with and without prescriptions
best place to buy ambien-zolpidem online
<a

Unknown said...

Buy High-Quality Counterfeit Money Online From The Reliable Agency
https://www.qualitybanknotes.us

E-mails
https://www.qualitybanknotes.us
Location
Houston Texas 77005

https://www.qualitybanknotes.us
https://www.qualitybanknotes.us
https://www.qualitybanknotes.us
https://www.qualitybanknotes.us
https://www.qualitybanknotes.us
https://www.qualitybanknotes.us
https://www.qualitybanknotes.us
https://www.qualitybanknotes.us
https://www.qualitybanknotes.us

Unknown said...

Buy High-Quality Counterfeit Money Online From The Reliable Agency
https://www.qualitybanknotes.us

E-mails
https://www.qualitybanknotes.us
Location
Houston Texas 77005

https://www.qualitybanknotes.us
https://www.qualitybanknotes.us
https://www.qualitybanknotes.us
https://www.qualitybanknotes.us
https://www.qualitybanknotes.us
https://www.qualitybanknotes.us
https://www.qualitybanknotes.us
https://www.qualitybanknotes.us
https://www.qualitybanknotes.us

Unknown said...

Buy High-Quality Counterfeit Money Online From The Reliable Agency
https://www.qualitybanknotes.us

E-mails
https://www.qualitybanknotes.us
Location
Houston Texas 77005

https://www.qualitybanknotes.us
https://www.qualitybanknotes.us
https://www.qualitybanknotes.us
https://www.qualitybanknotes.us
https://www.qualitybanknotes.us
https://www.qualitybanknotes.us
https://www.qualitybanknotes.us
https://www.qualitybanknotes.us
https://www.qualitybanknotes.us

Unknown said...

Buy High-Quality Counterfeit Money Online From The Reliable Agency
https://www.qualitybanknotes.us

E-mails
https://www.qualitybanknotes.us
Location
Houston Texas 77005

https://www.qualitybanknotes.us
https://www.qualitybanknotes.us
https://www.qualitybanknotes.us
https://www.qualitybanknotes.us
https://www.qualitybanknotes.us
https://www.qualitybanknotes.us
https://www.qualitybanknotes.us
https://www.qualitybanknotes.us
https://www.qualitybanknotes.us

Skinoutfits said...


very nice post , i found something more intresting
Deadpool Shearling Red Jacket

Bathmate Hydromax said...

This design is incredible! You certainly know how to keep
a reader amused. Between your wit and your videos,
I was almost moved to start my own blog (well, almost…HaHa!)
Fantastic job. I really loved what you had to say, and more
than that, how you presented it. Too cool!

meldaresearch said...

Finding the best healthcare research paper services and Healthcare Essay Writing Services is not easy unless one is keen to establish a professional healthcare assignment writing service provider & healthcare homework help online.

SkillsIdea said...

What a fantastic information source it is. Readers get so much knowledge out of it. Good Job!

Learn about Digital Marketing Skills at skillsidea.com

Eduloans said...

Thanks for sharing such a good post, its very helpful.
Study abroad education loan
sbi education loan
Bank of baroda education loan
Loans for students studying abroad
Loan for study abroad

Beauty fitness said...

Awesome recipe. It was very useful. Carry on nice

SkillsIdea said...

What a fantastic information source it is. Readers get so much knowledge out of it. Good Job!

Learn about Good LinkedIn Profile Tips 2020 for Job Seekers at skillsidea blog

Packers And Movers Mumbai said...

I like this article.I was searching over search engines and found your blog and its really helps thank you so much @ Packers and Movers mumbai

camel ride dubai said...

This is one post that is very impressive, it is quite unique and even though the information offered isn't very detailed, When looking for the best Link Building Assistance and Articles Submission help, it could at times pose a challenge to many people. [pii_email_37f47c404649338129d6]

ipalclinic@gmail.com said...

We have best skin specialist in islamabad ,who are expert in Aesthetic Non Surgical and Surgical procedures. We are highly focused in the
treatments and procedures that we provide

Kaylee Bryson said...

Thanks for taking the time to discuss this, I feel strongly about it and really like learning more on this matter. battva If possible, as you gain expertise, would you mind updating your blog page with more data? It’s extremely helpful for me.

Marie C Carr said...

I am a Marie C Carr currently working as a freelance marketing director and is always interested in a challenge. I love horse riding, reading books and surfing internet and also CEO of life insurance provider company with years of experience in providing 10000 whole life insurance policies

ASIF QAMAR said...

Such a nice post.
Thank you for sharing a informative information with us.
Visit my links to find best Industrial Training Institute in India.

Best Safety Officer course
Best Safety Officer course in india
Best Heavy Equipment Training in india
Best Nebosh Course In Patna
Best Short Term Course
Best IOSH Course
Best IOSH Course in india
Best Heavy Equipment Training Course

Unknown said...

I have been working as a plastic surgeon in islamabad IPAL clinic for 10 years .

ASE News Team said...

CLICK HERE CLICK HERE KCLICK HERE Anews news news CLICK THIS latest news thanks

ASE News Team said...

Read CLICK HERE CLICK HERECLICK HERE CLICK HERE CLICK HERE CLICK HERE F CLICK HERE

Kaylee Bryson said...

This is one post that is very impressive, it is quite unique and even though the information offered isn't very detailed, logo expert 01 I can find it very helpful. This is nice. When looking for the best Link Building Assistance and Articles Submission help, it could at times pose a challenge to many people. This is why we are here, a team of professionally skilled statisticians that deliver nothing but the best assistance. We are ever ready to provide excellent services.

LinkWithin

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
All text, photographs, and other original material copyright 2008-2010 by Elspeth Hay unless otherwise noted.