Creating a blog was out of the question for a long time for me, as measuring everything in the kitchen was like biting into an eggshell. I enjoy cooking and don’t want to waste even a slightest bit of enjoyment in that small world of mine. But little did I know that everything will change, when my husband came home with the Oscar nominated film ‘Julie and Julia’( a real life story) where Julie Powell (part played by Amy Adams) challenged herself to make all the 524 recipes from Julia Child's cook book ‘Mastering the Art of French Cooking’ and blogging all her experiences (The Julie/Julia Project). It was an inspiring movie. A few days later when we were discussing this casually with a friend of ours over tea…everything changed dramatically…..” How about you making at least half of it in one year? Not French but your own. 262 recipes that will inspire others and present it as a blog?” For a minute my mind traveled faster than light… With an experience as a helper in my mother in laws kitchen for 6 years followed by a three year everyday struggle to satisfy the palate of my foodie husband, if I cannot do it then why should I cook? But on the other side with an experience in English literature extending no more than expanding outline stories in English grammar class when I was 18 and two small kids that come in handy at times, will a commitment for the next one year work? Anyway my ‘cook's ego’ didn’t allow me to say no...

So my friends …here I am opening my recipe book, trying to perfect and present 262 recipes in the coming 365 days….A Challenge that will of course tastes good. Come.. Have a walk with me along my journey.. Cheering and inspiring….Forgiving and tolerating…Testing and tasting….for ‘A Tasty Challenge’

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Monday, January 10, 2011

Chicken Chowder! (A ‘Clam Chowder’ inspired Chicken Soup)

Recipe No: 166
This Soup is inspired by Clam Chowder, which is a Soup made with Clams (A bivalve like Oyster) and is slightly similar to the Cream of Chicken Soup in its look, but the ingredients are basically what are there in a Chowder.

Ingredients                                       Serve 3
  • Oil and Butter…………………………...2 Tablespoons each
  • Garlic chopped………………………....3 big cloves
  • Celery chopped………………………....1/4 Cup
  • Onion chopped………………………….1/2 Cup
  • All Purpose Flour/ Maida……………3 ½ Tablespoons
  • Potato cubed…………………………....1 heaping cup
  • Boneless skinless Chicken cubed…1 Cup
  • Chicken Stock……………………………3 Cups
  • Heavy Cream………………………….…1 Cup
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
Method of Preparation
  1. Heat Butter and Oil in a pan on medium high heat and saute Garlic followed by Celery and Onion.
  2. When the Onion is translucent, lower the heat and sprinkle Flour and fry till the raw smell is gone.
  3. Once the smell of fried Flour comes, add Chicken Stock and stir continuously so that the Flour forms no lumps.
  4.  Add cubed Potatoes, Chicken, Salt and Pepper and cook till the Chicken and Potatoes are done.
  5. Add Cream and allow it to boil along the edges.
  6. Serve warm with Cheese Crackers or Crusty Bread.
Notes:
  • In this recipe both Oil and Butter are used. Butter is used for its flavor while Oil is used for its higher smoking point (so that we can saute without burning).
     





    Make it, enjoy the deliciousness and 
    serve it to your family with love…

    3 comments:

    Bronzon said...

    Now that's what I call INNOVATION!!! I never thought I would see Chicken Chowder! Hats off Asha! Continue to be our inspiration! 100,000 100,000 behind you!! (Laksham Laksham pinnalay!!)

    Asha said...

    Ha... Sony.. Thank you...Make it there... If you are too health conscious by now (which I kinda doubt!!) use Milk instead of Cream... or fat free evaporated milk...

    sojo said...

    Thanks Asha for stopping by and for the encouragement. Iam a very very lazy gal hence just can't present my food properly wink !!! but your blog, Iam telling u again.... it is lovely!! It makes me want to cook... not like u know...something out of a fairy land ...too exquisite making u doubt if it is real!! urs is down to earth, simple yet very tasty looking ( I mean it)and also the presentation is classy... not at all unreal!!!

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