A really cheap soup

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Hard times, expensive food, low budgets. Challenges most of us have to face. Since we can’t just leave for a friendlier dimension, we have to try to make the most of what we have. Today I will show you how to make a tasty soup with no more than 1 leu/serving. Buy a chicken back (there are stores selling pretty ok chicken pieces). That will be around 2,5-2,8 lei. Wash it, clean it and put it in a pot. Next to it, put carrots, parsley roots, onion, garlic, basil leaves, parsley leaves (with a rich flavor) and fresh thyme. Plus, one quince. This bunch of ingredients will cost you 6-7 lei if you go to the market place and find someone willing to negotiate or at least willing to sell the vegetables by piece.

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Cover the vegetables and the chicken with water, add a teaspoon of salt and a few peppercorns.

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Let it boil on very low heat for two hours. Skim it if you’d like, if you don’t, just don’t skim it (skimming is a sort of gesture inherited from our parents or grandparents, understandable when we want to make a consommé or a base we want to transform into sauces or jelly we want as clear as possible, otherwise you should know that by skimming you are simply removing proteins, thus nutrients – I’m not saying you shouldn’t skim or strain soups if this how you like them, I’m just trying to explain to you the reasons behind doing that :)).

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When the soup is done, boil some noodles.

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After straining the soup, add the noodles, some of the vegetables that boiled in the pot, a slice of fresh quince (amazing flavor), fresh basil leaves.

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It’s not such a big deal, but it’s the closest thing to the grandparents’ Sunday soup you can get with just the change you forgot in your wallet.

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Stay healthy.

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Special thanks to
Oana Bodnariuc, Authorized Translator
oana.bodnariuc@gmail.com
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