Sunday, 27 April 2008

Chicken macaroni soup, one bento and six-word memoir

I was down with a bad tummy bug (stomach/gastric flu) for most of this week after I returned from Boston. I was literally in bed for a whole day, wobbled around the house for the next and only went outdoors (very briefly) on the third day. I am almost all better now although still avoiding diary and oil food. I was not able to eat for almost 2 days and when I finally broke my fast it was just plain crackers and dry toast. When I felt more able to stomach solid food, I craved something warm and soupy. Other than rice porridge, I also made myself some chicken macaroni soup.

It doesn't make for a very exciting food post, but I remember having chicken macaroni soup primarily as a child. It's another one of those home cooked food that is entirely unglamorous and never gets served in restaurants (although I have seen it once or twice at a food court) but everybody remembers having at home (at least in the Singaporean/Malaysian-Chinese context). My mum often made this for lunch when we were children. And for some reason, convalescing often brings us back to childhood comfort foods. This is, I suppose, just one version of chicken noodle soup that would have similar connotations with the Americans. What sort of comfort food did you have when you were ill as a child?

Chicken macaroni soup

This recipe essentially relies on good chicken stock. I made some the day before for chicken ramen soup and had enough leftover to make chicken macaroni soup the next day. The chicken and vegetable stock was made in a slow cooker like in this previous recipe. I just added the diced carrots and macaroni pasta to the boiling stock and cooked for 10 minutes (or according to pack instructions). Then cubed chicken (marinated in a little soy sauce, white pepper and corn flour) was added and the stock simmered for another 5 minutes. And then I tucked into the hot, wholesome, comforting soup. Just the smell of it made me feel better and stronger.

Being ill and unable to face the smell or even thought of food (with my tummy rolling and bad nausea) meant very little cooking. I didn't need any bento for myself since I was stuck at home for the entire week although AP had to get his own sandwiches at work. I felt so sorry for him since I left him alone for the entire week while I was away and then I came home, fell ill and was out of action for another week. I did manage to make one bento for him for the last day of the work week - chicken pasta salad with honey mustard dressing on a bed of salad leaves. Nothing fancy but he insisted it tasted better than the same pasta salad he bought from Sainsbury's just a few days ago. Well, he does know the way to this woman's heart :)


To finish off this post, I've been tagged by Little Corner of Mine for a meme to write my Six Word Memoir. The instructions were:

1. Write your own six-word memoir.
2. Post it on your blog (and include a visual illustration if you’d like).
3. Link to the person who tagged you in your post.
4. Tag five more blogs.
5. Leave a comment on the tagged blogs with an invitation to play.

I thought I was going to crack my brains over it but the words came surprisingly quickly and surprisingly fitting to be posted here:

Eat to live; live to eat.

And I invite the following bloggers to write theirs:
- A Slice of Cherry Pie
- You Say Tomahto, I Say Tomayto
- Domestic Goddess in Training
- Food Glorious Food
- Ruth's Kitchen Experiments


Cooking and the City said...

your soup looks delicious, I often make chicken soup with macaroni or some kind of pasta :-)

VeggieGirl said...

it's always fun to make dishes (like soups) that bring back some nostalgia :0)

My six-word memoir is similar to yours! Mine is, "You are definitely what you eat." :0)

noobcook said...

I love everything macaroni! It's one of my favourite pasta :D

I'm sorry to hear you were down with gastric flu, I hope u are feeling much better. Rest well!

Holler said...

Good set of words there! But you didn't give too much away!

Marc @ NoRecipes said...

Looks comforting and delicious!

tigerfish said...

Love love love chicken macaroni soup! Hope you are well now :)

didally said...

I love this as a simple lunch. However, the husband thinks otherwise. Get well soon. :)

Pixie said...

Thanks for thinking of me Nil. I recently have done this meme (I think?) so will give it a miss this time round.) I'm sure you'll understand, thanks!

Nilmandra said...

Cooking and the city: Thanks, it certainly felt food in my tummy :)

Veggiegirl: Yeah, it's comfort food made extra comforting :) I like your six-words, very true.

Noobcook: I'm all better now, thank goodness it didn't take as long as I feared. Thanks!

Holler: Heh. That's what happens when one tries to me too clever lol... ;p

Marc: Thanks! It was indeed.

Tigerfish: I've not had it for a long time actually, it's such an overlooked dish. Thanks I am recovered now.

Didally: I don't think this is my husband's favourite thing either!

Pixie: No problem. These memes do make their rounds :) And I haven't really caught up with the blogs since I've been away.

Antonia said...

Hope you are feeling much better - this soup looks like just the thing to help you on your way.
Thank you for the tag!

Little Corner of Mine said...

Hope you are feeling better!

Thanks for doing the tag, but you forgot to hyperlink me.

Nilmandra said...

Antonia: The chicken macaroni soup certainly helped :)

Little Corner: Oh no, I must have missed that, so sorry! Amended! :)

jj said...

That chicken soup looks so good! Great pic - and share!

Lizzie said...

There was a caff in Hong Kong that served macaroni in stock, with slices of ham and a fried egg on top. It was delicious!

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