Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Sick Day

Common wisdom says to feed a cold and with snow swirling outside and a sore throat inside, that sounds just about right.

Meagan Binkley's Asian Salad:

1 crown broccoli in small pieces
1/3 head purple cabbage (shredded)
3 green onions (diced)
2 carrots (julienned)
big handful of cilantro (diced)
a liberal amount of sesame seeds (toasted for 10 min at 350)

Combine the above in a bowl. Whisk the following into an emulsion and add to salad as a dressing.

1 lime (juiced)
4 tbl olive oil
4 tbl soy sauce or tamari
2 tbl sesame oil
2 tbl brown sugar
1 inch of fresh ginger (diced)
1 clove of garlic (diced)
a dash of an asian spicy sauce to give some heat

Don't let the following picture tweek you 'cause this is the ultimate comfort food...

Nanna's Matzo Ball Soup:

Put a whole chicken in 9 cups of water and bring to a boil. Once boiled, skim off the foam and turn heat to low. Add 1 large onion (quartered), 2 carrots (in large chunks), 2 celery stalks (in large chunks), 1 leek (in large chunks) and salt and pepper to taste. Cover and simmer on low heat for 2 1/2 hours. Strain the broth and put it in the fridge. Once the fat has congealed, skim it off the top and save it for the matzo balls. Ummmm, lard.

For the matzo balls, mix together 1/2 cup matzo meal, 4 eggs (beaten), 4 tbls chicken fat (make up any difference with butter), 1 tsp salt, 2 tsp parsley (diced), 4 tbl cold seltzer water and a dash of nutmeg. Refrigerate for an hour. With a spoon dipped in cold water, form balls and drop them into pot of boiling water. Once all the balls are in, cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Then strain and add to chicken broth.

Ta-dah. Now curl up on the couch and blow your nose.

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