Chicken Stock

by Laura on January 23, 2011

I realized about two weeks ago that I was spent. Sack of bones tired. Slug paced. Work weary. So, in the spirit of honoring one of my New Year’s resolutions, I took a break. My new computer conspired in the matter by spending two weeks in and out of the Apple hospital. And I dropped everything. Literally plopped down intent on doing nothing but resting. It was uncomfortable. My 18-page list disturbed my thoughts. All of my must-dos crept into moments that were supposed to be quiet. And then I sank in. And slept. And slept some more. And slept some more. I slept for a week, really. I realized how deeply exhausted I was and wondered how it was possible to sleep so much and still feel tired. And then a spark grew and I realized that I was actually feeling inspired and alert again, something which, after more than a year of grueling work hours, I had nearly forgotten. I’m ready for more 20-hour days again. But I’m excited about them. And about another year of days from which I’ll squeeze everything possible and sign my name to happily as I go to sleep.

My freezer, and perhaps yours, has become a bit bare in the last few months. So today I am making chicken stock and, with the birds from my brother-in-law’s early winter hunt, a pheasant stock, too. Stock seems to be intimidating to many cooks. But it’s so much easier than so many other things. You don’t need to peel or chop vegetables, really. You just plop some birds and some aromatics into water and let them burble away over a low flame. A little skimming here and there is the only work required. And if you can drain pasta, you can finish stock. I think homemade stock is transformative in cooking. It will elevate everything you cook with it. Set aside a Saturday when you’ll be home for a few hours, and make a pot. Perhaps even take a nap while it cooks.

{ 1 comment… read it below or add one }

1 Kris Jacobson January 25, 2011 at 3:22 pm

Your words about being tired are SO descriptive. I’m very happy that you let yourself sleep.

Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post: