Thursday, November 15, 2012
Bringing it back to the 80's this week with some tubular tunes.
1. Woman in Chains | Tears for Fears
2. Running up That Hill | Kate Bush
3. Atomic | Blondie
4. This Charming Man | The Smiths
5. Once in a Lifetime | Talking Heads
6. Town Called Malice | The Jam
7. Rock the Casbah | The Clash
8. Rebel Yell | Billy Idol
9. When Doves Cry | Prince
10. Slave to the Rhythm | Grace Jones
11. Lucky Star | Madonna
12. Sweet Dreams | Eurythmics
13. Blue Monday | New Order
14. Personal Jesus | Depeche Mode
Friday, November 9, 2012
It's getting brisk outside, take the chill off with a cup (or bowl!) of this quick and hearty Tortellini & Chicken soup.
- 1 medium onion chopped
- 2 large carrots chopped
- 2 stalks of celery chopped (reserve leaves)
- 2 packages of refrigerated cheese tortellini
- 4 cups of fresh baby spinach roughly chopped
- 2 large chicken breasts poached
- 2 cans of chicken stock (or 2 bullion cubes)
- 1 bay leaf
- 4-5 whole peppercorns
- dash of white wine (optional)
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 3 tablespoon salt
- handful of fresh parsley
- shredded Parmesan cheese
- Fill a large sauce pan with enough water to cover chicken breasts, add bay leaf, peppercorns, white wine and 1 tablespoon of salt, bring to a boil. Add chicken breast and cook at a simmer for 5 minutes. Turn heat off, cover pot and let sit for 1 - 4 hours.
- In a large stockpot add olive oil and bring to medium heat, add carrots and cook for 5 minutes. Add celery and cook 4 more minutes, then add onion and cook till onion is soft (about 3 minutes). Add stock and bring to a boil, reduce to medium heat and simmer.
- Remove chicken from pot and shred with fingers, add to simmering stockpot. Add poaching stock to soup, including bay leaf but discarding peppercorns.
- Bring back up to a boil and add tortellini, cook for about 5 - 8 minutes (see package for cook time).
- Add spinach, celery leaves and parsley.
- Dish and sprinkle with a bit of freshly grated Parmesan cheese! Enjoy with a thick slice of buttered bread and a glass of white wine.