This soup will last a few days in the fridge - mine never lasts a night but hey, if you happen to have leftovers, you can even freeze it. This soup is also perfect coming into cold and flu season as it has the lemon & chicken broth with has wonderful soothing/healing/nutrients that your body craves when your sick (or its your birthday, as is my daughters case :)
The added bonus is that you end up with a whole cooked chicken as a bi-product of this recipe, that you can do with as you wish (curry/stirfry/sandwhich filling)
So here it is, my koukla's (little doll) favourite for her birthday:
Avgolemono Soup (as from the Greek Orthodox Southside Parish Ladies Cookbook - how my yiayia used to make it)
You will need:
1 Large Free Range Chicken (preferably organic)
6 Cups of Water (possibly more later on)
Salt &* Pepper
1 Cup of Short Grain Rice or Risoni (or cauliflower rice)
3 Large Free Range Eggs Separated
Juice of 1 Lemon
What to do:
1) Place the chicken in a large pot and cover it with water. Add salt & pepper to taste and bring it to boil, over high heat.
2) Remove any froth and reduce the heat. Simmer for approx 45min, or until the chicken is cooked and tender.
3) Remove the chicken (place into a dish for use later/tomorrow) and strain the stock (I don't bother with this bit :)
4) Return the broth to high yeat & bring it to the boil. Add your rice or risoni now.
5) Boil gently for approx 15min, or until the rice has cooked and then remove from the heat.
6) In a bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff, then add the egg yolks & lemon juice to the egg whites and mix well.
7) Pour 1 ladelfull of broth into the egg mixture, stirring continuously, and then pour the egg mixture into the soup. Stir well.
8) Taste test and add more lemon or salt & pepper to your liking. Usually we'd serve it with some nice crusty bread.
(Optional) You can add in some of the chicken meat at the end to fill out the dish a bit more, but that's not how my Yiayia did it. She was very thrifty, so she would use the chicken meat the next day for another dish. :)
This was the closest recipe I could find on the internet to guide you back to, as the Southside Parish Ladies, haven't got their cookbook on the web yet.