Monday, January 18, 2010

Day 16: "...walang tigil ang ulan." (there's no stop to the rains)

It's official! It's been one whole week already of rains here in BC. There has been no sign at all of sunshine.  Half of last week's washed laundry are still left hanging outside and continue to get soaked as I don't have any other covered area where I can place them.  Have to make sure that this batch gets washed again once the weather is better.  This kind of weather warrants some type of comfort food.  Today, the choice was "Chicken Sopas".
Since I didn't have the ingredients readily available, I had to troop down to the nearest store to buy what I needed to make a decent pot of soup.  Here's my version of home-cooked Chicken Sopas:
1/3 kg chicken pieces (soup pack/choice cuts), chopped into bite-size pieces
1 pc carrot, chopped
1 rib celery, chopped (optional)
1 large red onion, chopped
4 cloves of garlic, minced
2 chicken cubes
2 medium potatoes, chopped
2 pcs mandarin chorizo, chopped
1 large can of Carnation evaporated milk
300 g elbow macaroni
1.5 liter of water
1/2 tsp italian seasoning 
dab of butter
2 tbsp canola oil
patis to taste
dash of pepper
spring onions, chopped finely (for garnish)
In a stock pot, saute onions, celery, garlic and carrots in a combination of butter and oil.  Add chicken pieces, chorizo and chicken cubes until chicken are half-cooked.  Add the water, pepper and Italian seasoning. Bring to a boil then add potatoes and macaroni.  Once the pasta is al dente, add the milk and simmer (do not boil). Adjust taste with patis.  Garnish with spring onions and serve hot with pan de sal.
And so, this is what I was enjoying with my family as we listened to the rhythmic sound of raindrops falling outside.

1 comment:

  1. hay, dito din walang tigil ang ulan. last sunday, while there was a hint of sunshine, nag beach kami bigla para lang makalabas. hahaha! i think there's a low pressure area in our region.