I am finally here, at the United States of America, pursuing my Master Degree (that is why I put my location in Lincoln, NE, LOL). It has been a while I have not written any posts in the blog regarding to cooking, and I miss it so bad. 😦
This adaption and transition process from a journalist in Indonesia to a student in the States required much effort than I ever thought before, but luckily it ran well for me since I met lot of helpful and friendly people during that period of time.
Okay, jump on, tonight, when I went out with some the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s friends including the international students, I figured out that only few can cook. I think this is quite funny especially for the international students because in the States, they have to be able to cook if they want to save enough money for other stuffs, or traveling. 😛
I heard stories from them like the rice turned to be porridge or rice puree because they put so much water, or it used a lot of soy sauce and no other spices it became sour and salty, or the soup tasted plain because no spices on it, or it used too too too many spices it tasted,uhm………,horrible. lol. Or in a desperate way, using instant sauces like BBQ, teriyaki, or black pepper bottle sauces, which I think the taste will not be too delicious and original comparing if you mix and blend your own ground spices.
Based on that stories, so I am thinking of posting every simple dish that I cook while being students in the States, and I hope it can be somehow useful to help others’ students to cook in a simple way yet it still tastes good. But once again, the preference of food really depends on personal taste and background of countries.(I hope you can also share your own countries recipe with me 🙂 ).
I want to start the project by posting general dishes that every person can enjoy and it will be started with SOUP! Yay! However, you can also still add spices that you love. But remember, the simpler the dish, the better it tasted. 😀
Okay, so here we go.
Beef sausage and chicken soup with vegetables
- garlic and onion
- potatoes, carrots, green beans, tomatoes (the quantity depends on how much you want to make the soup. I usually use 1 each- except the green beans- to be used for breakfast and lunch)
- beef sausages
- two chicken thighs or breasts
- water for boiling
- spices: lemon pepper, salt, sugar (if you like to reduce the acidity created by the tomatoes or sausages)
How to make
- Peel and chop garlic, onion, potatoes, green beans, carrots, tomatoes, beef sausages
2. Boil chicken thighs or breasts with much amount of water, until it creates chicken broth and the meat becomes soft and pale white.
3.Stir-fry garlic with onion, add lemon pepper, until it mixes together and smells good
4. Put the stir fry mixture into the boiling chicken broth
5. Put potatoes, green beans, and carrots. Add a pinch of salt.
6. After the vegetables becomes tender, put the beef sausages, wait until three minutes, and last one put the tomatoes and cilantros. You can add sugar if you feel it is too salty or sour.
7. Happy eating 🙂