I didn’t really feel like cooking, which is usually when I make the best soups for some reason.
<rant> I’ve been sitting here for 10 minutes trying to think of something hilarious and witty to say but my mind is consumed by the incredible amount of time I’ve wasted with online dating in the last 2 and a half years that I’ve been single (minus like 4 weeks). It became a topic at the lunch table today, the older women said trying a paid service would result in more serious “prospects”, but that turned into a deadly serious talk about giving out your phone number and being murdered. I didn’t go on any dating sites for a few months because my last experience was The Big Disappointment and I thought I would meet someone organically. Nope. Alternatively, someone suggested today that I just go up to people and ask if they’re hanging out with their girlfriend this weekend. It sounds a bit crazy to me, but it also sounds better than stroking someone’s ego by giving them attention to no avail on the likes of (basically) social media. So if I ask, “WHERE YOUR GIRLFRIEND AT?” in the next while, please don’t be creeped out. </end rant>
Also, low key hope nobody actually reads these rants.
4 cups chicken broth
200ml (half can) organic coconut milk
5 chicken drumsticks
1 red pepper, sliced
1 yellow pepper, sliced
2 cups sliced cremini mushrooms
2 roma tomatoes, diced
2 red thai chile peppers
2 garlic cloves
2 tbsp fish sauce
2 tsp dried thai basil
1 lime, squeezed
1/2 tsp chilli flakes
1 tsp sea salt
1 tbsp olive oil
In a large sauce pan, sauté red, yellow, jalapeño, chile peppers, tomatoes, garlic and mushrooms in olive oil. Cut chicken off the bone and add to sauce pan. Keep the bones for broth next time. Add thai basil, salt and chilli flakes. In a blender, process coconut milk if it has separated in the can. (Organic often separates) Once chicken is fully cooked and peppers are soft (not mushy), approximately 25 minutes on low, then add broth, fish sauce, lime juice and coconut milk. Bring up to a simmer for 5 minutes and serve hot.
Tip: I made a very simple chicken broth for this, using only roasted chicken bones, one roasted onion and 3 garlic cloves so that no flavours clashed.