Failures In Improvisation
What you see above was the beginnings of a chicken rice soup with dumplings. In addition to those lovely vegetables (I love those purple carrots!), I had bone-in, organic chicken breasts that I had poached in water with peppercorns, salt and three sprigs of rosemary from my herb garden. That broth was heavenly! Plus I was tweaking my traditional soup dumpling recipe to make it more healthy by reducing the number of egg yolks and using wheat flour instead of white.
Having never made a chicken rice soup before, I didn’t do any research beforehand. Why is this important? Read on, dear friends, read on.
I get the vegetables sautéed and I add that broth back in with some water and some rice.
Now here’s where things get hairy.
I put too much rice in.
The problem with putting in too much rice in a soup is that you don’t know that you put too much in until it’s too late. I’m pretty sure that I put the wrong type of rice in the soup too – I used jasmine rice, but that’s what I had on hand – so that didn’t help the disaster!
I kept adding water and ended up with what my husband called “chicken rice porridge.” I didn’t take a photo of the finished product because I was so mad about screwing it up, I kinda forgot to take one!
If you recall my story about the beef and barley soup, just know that nobody is immune to kitchen disasters! Even Angela over at Oh She Glows fessed up to her vegan pumpkin pie failure, so I feel like I’m in good company!
What did I learn from this disaster? Well, it made me realize while I have a lot of knowledge and experience cooking, I don’t know everything. It also made me realize that rice isn’t interchangeable – that there’s a correct rice for whatever recipe you’re making and to substitute carefully.
I can also guarantee that my NEXT chicken rice soup will be perfect! Well, at least perfect to me!
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Oh, before I forget – It’s Monday Weigh In! I’m down to 168, which is a miracle because I really went off the reservation on my diet yesterday! Raspberry pastries for breakfast and a Panera panini + chips for lunch…hello calories! But, we’re back on track this morning and I hope next Monday I’ll be down again.