Chicken and pastry to start the year off right.


I think my favorite part of the holidays are the months leading up to it. It’s all about building suspense and creating surprises. Then comes the days leading up to it which are basically a mad dash to finish everything up (all those half finished project in my case….) before the big day. Finally theres the point of being finished with all the little odds and ends and FINALLY getting a chance to sit down on the couch with a cup of coffee, a sleepy baby, and a Christmas movie when BOOM! you gotta get up, get ready, and drive house to house visiting family. By the time Christmas and New Years is over I feel like I need a vacation for my holiday vacation! By the time it was over I was definitely ready and I think I needed to get back into my routine almost as bad as Jax did.

Normally I am not excited for a Monday, but I was ready to get back to our daily life, and our Monday ended up being perfect! Due to the fact that neither of us knew which way was up when it came to sleeping we ended up taking long naps and snuggling together on the couch the entire day.

Dad on the other hand had to go into the office so he didn’t get to ease into the work week as lazily as we did. However, he did leave the house in sweatpants! One of the perks of working for family. So at least he was as comfy as us!

For our first evening back to normal after the holidays (and the first day we have seen snow so far this year! Crazy for Ohio) I thought it was only fitting to have some comfort food. I have so many memories of my family serving this dish throughout the years. We would make big pots of it at a time so that we would have plenty for later. Once when I was younger I even got a chance to have some with the women who started all the memories, my great grand mother. When she was making it for her kids she would go into the back yard, “grab the plumpest chicken”, and prepare it on the spot. Luckily for me, and my childhood memories, she did not do this when I had dinner with her. And lucky for me, no one expects this from me, haha. Especially since this dish isn’t exactly suitable for my vegetarian diet.

So instead of going into the backyard I headed to the market…

The ingredients you will need are:

  • a whole roasting turkey 6-7lbs
  • 1 arge onion
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • minced garlic
  • chicken bouillon or soup base (I used Better then Bouillon)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 4-6 cups Softasilk cake flour
  • ice cold water

Place the roasting chicken into a pot and cover it with water. Add the minced garlic, salt and pepper, bouillon, and your chopped onion. This onion was particularily strong. Although that doesn’t mean much coming from me. Ever since my Lasik my eyes are little babies. So, if your like me, snowboarding goggles always do the trick!

Boil the chicken for 2-3 hours until the chicken is falling off the bone. This is the longest part so I like to pick a day like this one where I know we are just going to be lounging around the house all day.Chicken&Pastry2Chicken&Pastry3Chicken&Pastry1While everything is simmering in the pot you can start the noodles. Put the Softasilk into a bowl and add small amounts of ice water to it until it becomes a semi sticky dough. Knead until everything is mixed well. Then roll it out on some flour in small chunks. Once the dough is rolled out as thin as you can get it cut it into 3in by 3in squares, or freeform like mine ended up being… Chicken&Pastry4 Check out that beautiful rolling pin I got for Christmas! Chicken&Pastry6Once your chicken is done and the meat is falling off of the bone take it out, making sure to get all of the bones out of the pot, and let it cool. Once cooled you can start to remove the bones and put the meat back into the pot. Chicken&Pastry9Bring the soup back to a boil and begin to add the noodles a few at a time while stirring them into the pot. Cook for about 8-10 minutes or until noodles are cooked through. Chicken&Pastry10Then enjoy the deliciousness!

P.S. the leftovers are the best part.Chicken&Pastry11


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