Friday, August 15, 2008

Pass The Chicken Soup

You guys are great. I am sitting here with a warm Dr.Pepper with lemonade eating fire balls and snubbing the NyQuil that no longer contains the good stuff. My throat still hurts but I do feel very loved.

I have decided one of the reasons my sore throat is only marginally better is due to distinct lack of chicken soup. When I was a kid I hated the stuff. My Dad used to make it for me as a child it always looked green and slimy although in retrospect I'm sure it was delicious. The problem was it was not Campbell's. I would desperately wish for the canned stuffed with its lily white noodles and salty broth. But chicken soup equalled love in my family so no canned stuff for me.

My Grandmother in Israel used to make it too. I would beg for some canned stuff but she poop pooed that idea instead I would receive real chicken soup. Nothing was more real than her soup. It was in fact more like a reality show soup than a chicken soup but that's the way Grandma rolled. This is her recipe:

1. Go to the nasty chicken farm pick a live chicken and grab it by the feet.
2. Take the live chicken on the bus. Give nasty looks to everyone who does not want to sit next to a very unhappy, doomed, bird
3. Go to the kosher butcher. Not just any kosher butcher thee kosher butcher. The butcher who can out kosher the kosherest butcher. Lets call him Super Kosher butcher man.
4. Watch Super Kosher Butcher Man kill the bird because who knows if he'll slip up and do something not...well..kosher
5. Get back on bus. Give nasty looks to anyone who does not want to sit next to an old lady holding a dead bird.
6. Pluck bird assuring everyone this can be done without glasses. No really I can see just fine.
7. Throw whole bird into soup ignoring the feather floating on the top.
8. Stir by grabbing onto feet.
9. Serve with pride!

Grandma did fill that soup with love...and feather... and chicken feet... somehow I could never get past the yuck factor to get a really good taste of the stuff but it sure gave you an incentive not to get sick.

Forget the soup I think I'll just stick to the Dr. Pepper instead.

26 comments:

My Wonderful Men said...

Oh maybe I should steal a chicken from the farm next to me and cook it up and send it to you next day air.
Poor thing I hope you are better soon.
Amy

Kristin H. said...

"Incentive not to get sick." That about sums it up.

Queen-Size funny bone said...

Oh my that sounds exactly like my Italian grandmother but she use to try to make us eat the feet. yuk yuk I'd cry.

Marilyn said...

Oh my.
The visual has a hold on me now.

Mojo said...

Um... maybe I'm remembering this wrong, but that whole feather thing... isn't that ... not kosher? I thought those kosher chickens were practically put through electrolysis.

But um... yeah, definitely an incentive to stay healthy. Or at least to not complain if you weren't!

Glad you're feeling better.
- Mojo

Valarie said...

Well I did not have a grandma that cooked chicken soup that way. One time my dad did bring us all home a cute little easter chick, they were all different colors. Well one day I came home and they were all gone, but we were having chicken and dumplings that night for dinner.

Glad the Dr. Pepper is doing something for ya. :)

Kate said...

Sounds like you're feeling better! I love "and do something not...well..kosher"

Kmommy said...

Oooh. Serious yuck factor there!
I'll take the canned stuff over that any day.
Maybe check with your dr and see if you can take Alka-Seltzer cold, I think the dr told me I could take that when I was nursing D... and it works pretty good!

Ren said...

Oh goodness, very good incentive not to get sick! I'm not a big fan of chicken soup, but anything warm is good for the throat. Glad you're feeling just a little bit better.

Mrs4444 said...

Campbell's Chicken Noodle Soup is like a whole other food; I love it, too. My mom's chicken noodle soup is also wonderful, but it is very different. YUm...

Heidi said...

EEEEEEWWWWW! :)
My grandma made me drink chicken broth. Out of a coffee mug. That was sooooo gross to me. ;) But I'd take that any day over your grandma's soup with the feathers! :)

Vered said...

That was GROSS!

My own grandma, in Israel too, made a fabulous, rich and silky chicken soup. She added buttery rice to it. SO GOOD.

honeywine said...

You ain't kiddin' about the Nyquil! I found some old sinus medication a while back and I've been bogarting it like it's a pie and Paris Hilton is coming over (no puking up my pie missy)!

the teach said...

You know coke syrup is supposed to be good for you...is there coke syrup in Dr. Pepper?

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forgetfulone said...

Glad you're feeling a bit better. Hope that throat heals soon. This was a funny post!

Veronica said...

Mum used to make chicken soup out of our very own chooks too. The only think was, Dad would chop their heads and feet off AND skin them so we never had feet or feathers in our soup. It was good soup.

April said...

I think I'd even go with a non-Campbell's canned soup before that kosher chicken!

MoziEsmé said...

Haha! I just read another American's experience killing a chicken for supper in Mozambique, and I am SO NOT going to try it! I think it brings out the killer instinct in people. Or makes them blood-thirsty. Not in her case, but it might in mine!

Hope you feel better soon!

I was also thinking how I hated having homemade bread in school lunches when everyone else had lily white Wonderbread. I was so deprived. Now I wish my mom would make it for me again!

The Mrs. said...

Hmm one more reason to pass on chicken soup.

Ever since my first pregnancy and I puked that stuff up for nine months straight I have NO DESIRE whatsoever for any soup.

Hope your feeling MUCH better soon!

Tales From the Eurovan said...

Wow! That was some recipe. I think I'll stick with Campbell's, thank you very much! Take care, Julie

THopgood said...

Taking a picture of my grandma with chicken feet in her hands was almost enough to turn me vegitarian. Check it out in this post...

http://thopgood-mylife.blogspot.com/2008/04/grandma.html

Tina said...

oh no sorry to hear your throat is bad. thats the worst thing ever. lets hope the dr pepper works :)

that is one crazy recipe lol, think ill stick to packet soups haha!

vodkamom said...

I am laughing so hard right now, picturing your little Jewish grandmother plucking wildly with feathers flying! I love it!

MamaGeek said...

Oh yeah, that sums it up - can you pass me the soup please?

Misty said...

My southern grandmother used to make a cough medicine that would make your eyebrows fall out (figuratively, that is!) I used to hide my cough for days to avoid it. ugh! I do hope you start feeling better soon. There's nothing like Campbell's soup and Dr P for a remedy!

Erica at Mom's Journal said...

Well at least it was all kosher *snicker*

 
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