Wednesday, March 30, 2011
TODAY is Take a Walk in the Park Day. It is an opportunity for exercise and relaxation. Are you stressed out? A walk in the park is just what the doctor ordered. Its calming and therapeutic. Taken after a busy work day, it helps clear your mind and reenergize you. Or, take the walk during lunch and you will find the afternoon of work goes by quicker and easier.
A walk in the park will likely be the most enjoyable part of your day. However, make sure to do so with a clear mind and with your eyes open. In addition to avoiding a fall, open eyes will allow you to take in the beauty of nature's wonders: flowers, and trees, birds, and wildlife.
1-3 lbs carrots
1-2 lbs onions
4-5 celery stalks and leafy tops
3-4 bay leaves
1-2 leeks, split, washed well and chopped
1 whole head garlic, peeled
1/3 cup fresh parsley
pinch thyme, Rosemary, oregano other seasonings (see above)
1/2 teaspoon black or green peppercorns
2 tablespoons olive oil and/or butter
Use the larger quantity of vegetables and herbs listed if you've got more turkey. Turkey should remain covered while cooking; if broth reduces before the turkey is tender enough to cut up and return to the soup, more boiling water or broth should be added. Skim the surface of the broth frequently to remove any foam which rises in order to keep the stock clear.
Halfway through the cooking, add the remaining ingredients (more onions, celery, etc). This is usually a good time to cut up and return the turkey to the broth so that the level of soup in the pot may be allowed to reduce and concentrate. Remember not to allow the broth to boil or the sweet and delicate flavors will be lost.
When the broth is done and reduced to the degree desired, remove from heat and season to taste with salt and pepper (about 1 teaspoon of salt per quart). Strain out the turkey and vegetables, if desired and use in other dishes or add back to the stock for use in soup when needed.
Refrigerate the stock, and when cooled, remove any excess fat which has accumulated at the top. Broth tastes even better the next day.
If your broth tastes weak, either it hasn't simmered long enough, or you haven't added enough to flavor it. If you don't have the time or ingredients, a spoonful or two of low sodium Turkey or Chicken Soup Base (I use Chicken Bouillon cubes) may be stirred in on those occasions when you're in a hurry.
A bit of love from someone near…