I have 2 exciting news to share with you here. One is how to make a Super Nutritious Chicken Soup and the other is a giveaway sponsored by Scotty Brand.
My aunty from Malaysia was such a blessing to me when she came to visit me for a week recently. One of the things that she taught me was how to make nutritious chicken essence. She told me it’s very good for health. I remember my mom used to make that when we were back home. But I have forgotten all about it ever since I left home after I went to university. Life was just too busy. I’m so glad my aunty mentioned it just before she left. She taught me how to do it. I was so excited to try. I had made it 3 times since she went back about a week ago! I need a big pat on my back for a job well done….*big smiles*.
This soup is reputed to boost your energy level, especially good for those who feels weak and lethargic due to study or work stress.
So, here’s my Super Nutritious Chicken Soup Extract recipe. It’s actually very easy and simple to make except that it’s very time consuming. It takes minimum 4 hrs to steam. My aunty said the best is 8 hours. So far, I had only managed to steam it for 4-5 hours. You’ll get 3-4 rice bowls of soup depending on the size of the chicken and also whether you add wine or not to the chicken before steaming.
1 big chicken
some red dates
some black dates
some dried longan
wine (I used about 1C)
Invert a bowl (I used transparent pyrex) into a big dish like corning ware. DO NOT use metal dish/pot. Wash the dates, longan and wolfberries and put it around the inverted bowl.
Cut up the chicken and lay it around the bowl. Put a little stand at the bottom of a big wok. Add water. Put the dish of chicken onto the stand. Cover the wok and bring the water to boil. Once the water boils, lower the fire until low. Let it steam for 4-8 hours. Remember, my aunty said the best is 8 hours. Add more water if the water dries up. The best is to use organic free range chicken. I used corn fed free range chicken here which explains the lovely yellow colour. You can also use guinea fowl which is a wild game.
After 4-8 hours, turn off the fire and leave it there. Try not to open. Just let it cool down by itself a few hours. Something most amazing will happen. If you had peeped into it half way through, you will find that there’s lots of soup around the bowl. But when the dish cools down, all the soup will be sucked into the inverted bowl as seen just above here.
The meat will be very dry and tasteless. The soup is called ‘chicken essence’ and is highly nutritious.
Don’t drink all the soup. That would be too much. I suggest that you drink 1 rice bowl and leave the rest to the next day or two. For me, my whole family drink it. They like it very much…..very tasty even without any seasoning. If you don’t have the red and black dates, longan or wolfberries, you can omit them. They are very good for health though and add nutrition to the soup.
Ginger wine is easily available in the supermarkets. I love to use Stone’s Ginger Wine.
D.O.M. is another very good wine for making nutritious chicken soup. It is a herbal liquor and reputed to be very beneficial to health. You can get it in the supermarket too. I had made a very delicious ginger wine chicken soup using this wine. You can check it out at Nutritious Ginger Wine Chicken Soup.
In fact, just yesterday, I taught a friend how to make this soup. Her husband feels very weak and tired lately due to stress from work. I took her out to buy chicken and wine, came back and showed her how to make this chicken extract. I lent her my wok, and everything. She took back the whole thing to steam. I really hope this will help to give him back some energy.
If you are feeling low in energy, tired and weak, do give this a try. Make this soup regularly like at least 1-2 times a week. On top of that, freshly made juices are also important. It is live food that can help to build up your immune system. For more on freshly made juices, do check it out at my Health section.
Scotty Brand Giveaway
Ok, that’s all about my special Super Nutritious Homemade Chicken Essence. Now the next exciting thing I’m going to share is a Giveaway from Scotty Brand. This is only for UK readers. Thousand apologies to my international readers. Hope one day I will have another giveaway that includes you.
I have shared quite a number of recipes using Scotty Brand food. As I always say, I love their food for it’s freshness. Many of my friends have tried and have testified to that. One of my top favourite is the potatoes. My family love it for its lovely texture and taste.
Scotty Brand has sponsored 2 wonderful DVDs as a giveaway to 2 lucky winners. I have watched ‘UP’ and it’s really funny and interesting. I have not watched ‘A Bug’s Life’ yet. Wish I can win it myself……*big grin* But no, I would love that you be the lucky one to win.
Oh, I wonder whether you have watched ‘Brave’? Scotty Brand actually had been working with Disney/Pixar to celebrate the launch of Brave. I had watched it. It was such a fantastic movie. It is a computer-animated fantasy adventure film set in the Highlands of Scotland. If you haven’t watched this film, please do so. I really love it and don’t mind to watch it again. You can get the DVD and Blu-Ray of Brave on this 26th Nov. So, do look out for it.
More good news…..more reward. On every pack of Scotty Brand produce, there is a sticker with a unique code inside it. Go to Scotty Brand FaceBook, like it, enter the code and claim the reward. Top prizes are home cinema system, iPads and games consoles. EVERY entrant wins a reward….WOW!
Condition to enter giveaway
I’m going to make this giveaway rather simple. All you need to do is to go and buy a packet of Scotty Brand food. There are lots in the supermarket. It’s very easy to find.
On all packaging is a picture of a dog, the Scottish terrier. At the moment you can buy potatoes, baby potatoes, Scotch Broth mix or carrots. Sadly the summer fruits are already over. I miss them. I’m looking forward to their next new food.
Afetr you’ve you’ve got a packet of Scotty Brand food, prepare a dish out of it, take a picture and send me the picture (email address on the top bar). Please name your dish, too. Also, leave a comment in my comment box below. It’s just that simple to enter the draw. Your dish can be very simple, just the way that you would love it. I would be so excited to see how you cook it. There is always something that I can learn from you. And if you are not sure what to cook with it, you can either check out my recipes or you can use Scotty Brand recipes. There are lots of beautiful Scottish recipes there…healthy too. Do check it out. There is one popular Scottish dish that I’m really eager to try and that’s Cullen Skink. My friends have been talking about it.
Well, not only do you have a nice dish to enjoy, you have the sticker on the package where there’s a code inside to claim reward on Scotty Brand FaceBook. I do hope you are one of the lucky 2 to win one of the DVDs.
So, to enter this giveaway of DVDs, all you need to do is buy a packet of Scotty Brand food, cook it, send me the picture using the email on the top bar above and lastly leave a comment in the comment box below. Just that simple. The winners will be picked at random.
The closing date will be 5th December 2012. Pictures and comment will have to be in by 10 pm on the same day. Wish you luck.
Til then see you in my next post. Enjoy your week and Keep Smiling!
My Scotty Brand recipes that you may be interested in:
Scotch Broth - Healthy Scottish Soup
Spicy Chinese Potato Strips
Raspberry and Lemon Curd Trifle
Spicy Baby Potatoes and Ikan Bilis
Baby Potatoes and Roast Duck Stir Fry
Turkey Rice Porridge
Healthy Carrot Soup
Quote of the day…….
“Don’t just read the easy stuff. You may be entertained by it, but you will never grow from it.”
- Jim Rohn