As a result of date night…

You thought I was pregnant didn’t you?  Ha!  Negative.  Been down that road twice and these two are enough for me to handle.

I’m talking about the dinner we had the other night.  It was so amazing; drinks, salad, soup, chicken with scallops and prawns, steak and roasted veggies and a piece of ginger cake for dessert.  I love food.  I love food.  I love food.

The soup of the day was Lemon Rice Chicken and surprisingly, the Farmer ordered it.  I thought it a little out of character for him but I was really excited to try it because I love anything lemon.  Lemon cake, lemon cookies, lemon teas…my nails are even painted Lemon Lolly right now!

Anyway, the soup was so delicious we were writing down everything in it to see if I could re-create it when we got home.  I had no idea what I was going to make for supper last night so I decided to try my hand at this soup and I did not too bad.

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I started out with some celery and onions, diced, and frying in a little butter with a clove of garlic and some tarragon, salt and pepper.

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I let that fry for about 10 minutes until I could smell nothing but delight in the kitchen.

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 I then added water to the top of the pot (exact measurements are not in my vocabulary) and let it boil.  After it started to boil, I grated the rind of one lemon into the pot and added in the juice of one lemon.

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Then I diced my raw chicken breasts and added them to the water.  I let it all boil for about 20 minutes then turned it down to low.  I added the rice and let it simmer for another half hour stirring it every so often since I have a bad habit of burning everything.

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I gave it a little taste test right before I was going to eat it and decided it needed a little more flavour so I added some liquid chicken stock.  Perfecto!

Lemon Chicken Rice Soup

1 medium onion, diced
3 stalks celery, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tbsp butter
1 tsp tarragon
salt and pepper to taste
8-10 cups water
1 lemon, juiced and rind grated fine
3 large uncooked chicken breasts, cubed
1 cup dry rice
2 tsp liquid chicken stock

Fresh baked bread and we were set; it was savoury, lemony-goodness!  Kim.

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