It stormed all night long. The wind howled and rain pelted the windows. What was blowing last night went way past a breeze and I loved it! Say what? Yep. I LOVE stormy days...
As a Californian, then as a transplanted Arizonan, I appreciate rain storms. If you come from a drought state, you understand what I mean. Always be grateful for rain and wind. It feeds and cleanses the earth. It feeds and cleanses the soul. For some, like me, rain storms can be a natural high. For others, maybe you, Dear Reader, it can be a soul crushing and depressing experience. How to make them feel better? What to do? What to do? FEED them of course! Dah!
I find days like these, stormy days, are made for soup. Have you ever noticed? Certain foods go really well with rain storms, namely; you probably guessed it, soup. Since rain storms can also bring about sore throats, soup is always the ticket to soothe and calm someone. Soup fills your mouth and tummy with warm goodness that can only cheer a person up. What soups fit the "cheering up" bill? In our home, there are two children so two types of favorite soups. Our older daughter, Alyssa, loves the Greek soup, Avoglemono Soup or Mama Soup as she named it when she was little. Mama soup is a chicken broth-based egg and lemon soup that has rice in it. Something about rice when you're feeling blue or ill always perks you up and makes you feel better. (I think it's because rice is so easy and comforting to eat.) Our youngest daughter, Mia, loves a Creamy Chicken and Rice Soup. See? Rice again. This soup is also a chicken stock-based soup but it is thickened with a roux and made creamy with milk.
No matter how you ladle it out, soup makes a body feel good, especially on stormy days. If you like, visit my Recipes Page for my Mama Soup recipe and please share your favorite soups for cheering up someone on a stormy day or helping them feel better when they are ill.
Avid home cook and passionate instructor