I do use a lot of eggs on this diet, so when I emptied the egg carton last night, that meant no frittata this morning. I had leftover chicken, and loads of greens, so a quick chicken soup was in order. I'd bought thinly sliced skinless, boneless chicken that had very little flavor, so I bumped it up with lots of herbs and sweet butter. Here and now, I vow never to buy them again - the bone-in with a jacket of skin and fat has a lot more flavor.
And I have news! In eleven days heading back to New Hampshire (from Minnesota) for a week to visit family, and finally meet my new grandaughter! I'm over the moon with excitement!
Here's this morning's soup:
Quick Chicken soup with greens and rosemary
1 leek white, washed and sliced
1 - 2 sliced carrots, peeled
1 clove garlic
3 cups light chicken stock
1 heaping cup leftover chicken, diced
1/2 teaspoon thyme (I use dried)
1/4 teaspoon dried dill
nice sprig of fresh rosemary
Simmer until the carrots are soft, then add:
1 heaping cup broccoli rabe, sliced or 1 heaping cup torn kale
a squeeze of fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon unsalted butter or olive oil
salt and fresh pepper to taste
If you want to sneak in some leftover pasta, that would work, too.
Here's a quick peek at my favorite birds - crows! They sit on the flat rooftops of the apartment building, and swoop down to snack on the seeds and bread a neighbor puts out, then sit in the high trees and converse in their crow-talk, which can sound like a creaky door, to a ha-ha-ha, and I think I heard one whistling the other day. It's hard to get a picture because they fly away if I get too close. This is snuck through the window screen 30 feet away.