Since both sons are still croupy and sick, and it’s still bitterly cold outside, another batch of soup is on the menus today.
Last night, a 1 lb package of boiling beef was set out to thaw in the kitchen sink, then this morning, I dropped the meat into a 3 quart pot (I like my old copper bottom Revere Ware, but beware of the thin new stuff, it won’t sit flat on the burner for long) and added about 2 quarts of water and set to boil. As soon as the water comes to a boil, turn down the heat to simmer for 2-3 hours. Meat will become very tender. Take out the meat and let cool. While it is cooling, I add about 1 1/2 cups of chopped celery, 1 cup sliced carrots, and 1 chopped medium size onion. I know that’s a lot of onion, but onions are supposed to have curative properties, so I push the limit. Also, I add up to 2 tablespoons of garlic powder, 4 tablespoons dried parsley, 2 teaspoons dried sage, and 1 teaspoon powdered thyme along with a teaspoon of black pepper and 1-2 tablespoons Real salt. Pull the beef off the bones and any sinew and pull apart into bite sized pieces and add back to the pot. Let simmer for a while, once the veggies are cooked through, it’s ready, but even longer will allow the flavours and spices to meld, so enjoy leftovers!
Use organic ingredients if at all possible! Adjust and substitute to your family’s tastes.