Today, I am stuck home sick with a fever of 102 degrees. What better to do than to make homemade soup with my dad!? (Soup is great when you are sick!)
We looked in the refrigerator, freezer, and cupboards to find ingredients that might be good in soup. We found: chicken, Italian sausage, potatoes, shrimp, langostinos (like baby lobster tails), beef, okra, mini-wontons, pesto, pasta, orzo, tomatoes, spinach, green onions, carrots, mushrooms, garlic, avocado, tortilla chips, and mee krob noodles (yum!). So many choices!
We decided on shrimp, mee krob noodles, green garlic, and cilantro. We decided to use vegetable broth and lobster broth together to make stock. (By then, my temperature had gone down to only 99.1.)
First, we put 9 cups of water into a big pot, and we brought it to a nice boil. While that was boiling, my dad sliced two stalks of green garlic from the farmer’s market. Green garlic looks like humongous green onions, and it is garlic that is picked before it is ripe. Dad also chopped one-half of a red onion. He put two teaspoons of lobster base and six teaspoons of vegetable base into the water. That made our tasty stock!
In a new pot, we put three tablespoons of olive oil, and Dad heated it up. We added the red onion and green garlic to the olive oil and cooked it until the onion was soft. It smelled like the Gilroy Garlic Festival in our kitchen! A cup and a half of sliced mushrooms went into the pot with the onions and green garlic. Yum yum! Next, we added one tablespoon of flour to the vegetable mixture and let it cook for a minute or two.
Dad then combined the stock and the vegetable mixture and used a whisk to stir it up. We let it heat up for a while, almost until boiling, and then we added one pound of diced shrimp (they can be frozen or not). We again stirred up the soup, and Dad brought the soup up to a boil.
Then we added approximately 2 cups (or two big handfuls) of mee krob noodles. (If you don’t have mee krob noodles, you can use mini-wontons or orzo.) After two minutes, we stirred in 1/4 cup of chopped cilantro, and the soup was officially done.
I ate my delicious Nom Nom banh mi sandwich with our homemade soup. Although I loved it, I wish I hadn’t put in shrimp! It would have been just fine without it. Dad and I named the soup Megan and Daddy’s Sick Day Soup. Unfortunately, I was still sick after dinner!
You should try this and send me a message about how it went. You can experiment with different ingredients to create your own soup, whether you are having a sick day or not!