Chicken soup for the blog

posted on: Monday, February 4, 2008

It's been a pretty depressing weekend. We've had rain like there is no tomorrow, I've been sick and don't feel like I'm getting better and...It's CARNAVAL in Brazil which is fun for everyone who is there but not so fun when you're so far away and wishing oh so badly that I could be there right now. Last year I was in Brazil during Carnaval and decided to go watch the Samba schools perform one night. In Sao Paulo and Rio there are lots of Samba schools/clubs and they each have a theme and they parade according to their theme and song. This changes every year and it is beyond incredible what they do. There are thousands (yes thousands) of people that partricipate in each school and they all parade. So last year I went with my little sis and cousins and we had an amazing time. The only problem was that it was the night before my mom's party. We stayed at Carnaval till 6:00am (we left early). I got home hoping to get some sleep but instead I got a list of errands to run before the party began. I was exhausted the whole rest of the day but... YES it was worth it.

This year it's a whole different story. Not only am I not in Brazil but I am sick. I hate being sick. I have a hard time getting better just because I hate being sick so much I pretend that I'm not sick and don't really take care of myself. This time, however, I've decided to actually rest and try to take care of myself. It's easy being sick on the weekends when Chris is home all day and I don't have class. Tomorrow we both have class. I made myself a hearty Chicken Soup and took lots of naps. The first recipe I'll put up is the one I made. I used a whole roasted chicken. If you don't want to roast a whole chicken I have another recipe that's super easy and that I make all the time.

Hearty Chicken Soup
  • left overs of a whole roasted chicken
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 can tomatoe sauce
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 2 cups elbow macaroni
  1. bring to a boil the left over chicken with bones and all the left over juices along with water and the tomato sauce.
  2. add celery and carrots.
  3. let it simmer for 2-3 hours
  4. refigerate over night.
  5. The next day take bring it to a boil once again and take out all the bones.
  6. add a little bit more water and add the macorni and bring to a boil.
Easy, Easy Chicken Soup

  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 2 grated carrots
  • 2 chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup onion
  • 1 package elbow noodles
  • 2 cans cream of chicken soup
  1. cup up chicken in cubes and cook in salted water
  2. take out chicken when cooked but leave the water in the pan.
  3. add noodles, carrots, celery and onions to the water
  4. put the chicken back once the noodles are cooked
  5. add 2 cans of cream of chicken
Beware that this recipe makes enough soup to feed probably 10 people so unless you have a big family I suggest making half. Also, don't try to freeze this. I did this once and I had to throw the whole thing out once it was thawed. I guess pasta should never be frozen it does some funky thing to the consistency.
Chicken Soup for your ears (listen to some Samba it's so delicious!!!)
I updated the Kitchen Dance party song for this week. It's samba of course.

The first video is from the day that I was at Carnaval last year. This was my favorite school, Aguia de ouro. The scond video is a little better shot, not much. Enjoy and dance for heaven's sake!

    The U.S also knows how to PARTAY. I enjoyed this documentary about Mardi Gras. This is a short documentary about Mardi Gras costumes, it's so fun but I just realized that you need to sign up to PRX in order to listen, oops. So this means that you probably didn't get to listen to the Spam one I put up last week. I totally encourage you to sign up for PRX (Public Radio Exchange) lots of good things to listen to. If you do have an account then listen to this piece.


    1. You should go to San Francisco for their mini-Carnaval in May. I have no idea what it's called or when exactly it takes place, but there's a lot of dancing and costumes. It goes through the Mission and is a lot of fun! Nothing at all on the scale of the true Carnaval, but fun anyways!


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