A Historical Look at LIFE in ALEPPO

Past Articles:
CREAM OF CHICKEN SOUP

By: By Between Carpools



Haven’t you always wanted a recipe for a good cream of chicken soup? No need to wait any longer...this is the soup everyone in the family just loves.

3 tbsp oil

1 large onion, diced

12 garlic cloves

4 medium zucchinis, diced

8-10 cups of water

4 chicken bottoms

1 tbsp chicken soup mix

2 tbsp salt

Pepper to taste

2 tbsp cornstarch diluted in 4 tbsp water

  1. Heat oil in a large pot. Add onions and garlic and sauté over high heat until onions are translucent and soft, about 8-10 minutes.
  2. Add zucchini, lower heat to medium, and add water. Place the chicken in a soup bag and add to soup. Add seasoning and let cook for 1 ½ hours, until chicken is soft.
  3. Remove chicken bag from soup. Using an immersion blender, blend soup until smooth. Slowly add the cornstarch to thicken soup.
  4. Remove chicken from bone, cut into bite-sized pieces, and add to soup.

Now...Dress It Up

A soup may be delicious, but some soups can look pretty dull on their own, including this one. Here are two ideas on how to take that soup (or any soup) to the next level:

The Parsley Garlic Bread on a Skewer

I love this soup garnish because besides for adding a wow element, it’s delicious in its own right. This pairs really well with any blended soup.

You will need:

Long wood skewers (make sure they are long enough to rest on  both extremities of the  soup bowl)

4 mini baguettes (I like to use the par baked ones, and bake them fresh, as needed)

4 cubes frozen chopped parsley

2-3 cubes frozen minced garlic

About 4 tablespoons olive oil

Dash of salt

  1. Preheat the oven to 400⁰F.
  2. Cut the mini baguettes lengthwise. One at the time, and making sure to stay centered, thread a skewer through the baguette (see image).  The more you center the skewer the better the chances of the baguette lying flat on the soup. Place prepared baguettes on a baking sheet.
  3. Mix parsley, garlic, olive oil, and salt in a small bowl. With a spoon, divide this mixture between the 8 baguette halves. Make sure to spread the mixture all over the bread. Bake for 10-15 minutes until browned a bit at the edges and fragrant. Carefully place over any soup that works well with the bread.

Note:To prepare in advance, prepare the baguette halves but underbake them by a few minutes. Freeze them until ready to use. Before serving: thaw completely and then rewarm them well until crispy and fragrant once again.

The Elegant Soup Stick

This beautiful garnish will add some oomph to any soup. We love how simple it is to prepare and how you can customize the toppings according to your needs and the flavors of the soup.

You will need:

Large wheat wraps (each wrap will give you 3 soup sticks)

Garnishes of your choice like: thinly sliced radishes, julienned vegetables, chopped chives, herbs, sliced peppers, thinly sliced cucumbers, or pretty colored cherry tomatoes.

  1. Preheat oven to 350⁰F.
  2. Using a sharp knife, cut out 3 long sticks (about 1 ¼ inch wide)  at the center of each wrap. Cut out as many as you need.
  3. Spray the sticks with cooking spray and bake for about 8 minutes, or until browned and cracker-like. You can prepare these in advance and either freeze or store in an airtight container.
  4. When plating, place one cracker on each soup and top with  garnish of your choice.

Between Carpools is the lifestyle app/site for the busy Jewish woman.  You’ll find home and organizing tips, parenting insights, activities, how-tos and DIYs, and of course, entertaining ideas, recipes, and inspiring reads. The APP is available at the App Store and Google Play. If you have a kosher smartphone, you can visit your local TAG office to have the app downloaded. Here’s a taste. Enjoy!

Victoria Dwek, Leah Schapira, Renee Muller, Shaindy Menzer, & Esti Waldman

www.betweencarpools.com