Helen Murray, first appearing as a client and then a warrior in my horror novel Maledicus: The Investigative Paranormal Society, Book 1, has become in Gallows Hill: The Investigative Paranormal Society, Book 2, a full member of this society. Originally, I had envisioned this series to be three books, each featuring one of three older gentleman who made up the group, but now there will be a fourth book, and that will focus on Helen.
Continuing with my exploration of the characters’ love of food, I will offer Helen’s homemade chicken soup, a simple, but delicious, meal.
It begins with a baked turkey! After cooking and enjoying the bird, Helen carves all the meat, leaving only the bones. Then she makes her own stock. She places the bones in a large stock pan, adds carrots, onions, curly parsley, celery, and any other vegetables she might have handy. Then she adds water close to the top of the stock pot and brings the water to a boil. She turns it to a simmer and lets it cook for 8-9 hours. After it is finished, Helen carefully removes the vegetables and bones and strains the broth and stores it in the refrigerator over night.
The next day Helen makes the soup!
INGREDIENTS: (all of these ingredients are included by choice, except the stock and chicken. Use the amounts you desire)
*boneless chicken thighs (1-2 pounds)
*other vegetables as desired
*1 lb bag of wide noodles
*black pepper and salt (as desired)
*touch of paprika
Combine ingredients into stock, except for noodles.
Heat slowly for several hours.
Season to taste.
With approximately 10-15 minutes to go, add noodles (if desired).
Serve and enjoy with good bread!
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