I need the real thing.

I have an interesting Pauline thorn in the flesh that, when awake, essentially renders 99% of all food poisonous. Long story. Highly effective (but completely not recommended) way to lose weight. If you’ve ever seen an old fence post standing by itself in the middle of the desert, scoured into a slender splinter by the wind and the blowing sand, but still stubbornly standing, that’s me.

Anyway, one of the few foods that seems to still work is a proper chicken soup made with not much else besides chicken, carrots, fennel, and water or stock. My wife typically makes a big pot and then I subsist on that for days.

I am perpetually on the hunt for ways to improve the soup. I think I’ve found one! I recently stumbled on a website called NoRecipes. It’s a cooking blog written by a guy named Mark Matsumoto. He seems to reinvent and deconstruct dishes. There are some great looking recipes on that site, in addition to solid writing and excellent photographs. If you’re a foodie in any way, you’ll probably enjoy a few minutes perusing his posts.

He has a very interesting recipe for chicken soup that revolves around poaching the chicken. I’ve never done that before and I have big plans to try it out this evening. Who knew that my life would reduce down to the excitement of testing out a new chicken soup recipe?

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