Bone Soup & Stock....

Some of you may have heard the Stone Soup story; -we have a Bone Soup home tradition.
Ours, happens to be household of committed turkey eaters. We like it because it's healthy, tasty and economical; -one turkey can go a long, long way.
Well, it all begins with roasted turkey, eaten hot, then cold, and then, when we simply cannot manage another cut, we usually decide it's time to make Bone Soup!
Good soup must have good stock, and good stock needs bones. Roasted turkey bones, make very flavorsome stock. Once the stock is ready, we like to proceed and make Bone Soup, and just as in Stone Soup story, our Bone Soup's ingredients may differ, because we like to utilise ingredients we already have. Carrots, celery, garlic, sometimes mushrooms, broccoli, or for extra flavor, even tomato juice we made in the summer, will all at some point feature. It's always handy to have a nice cup of soup waiting whenever one fancies one. Here is how you do it.
BONE SOUP STOCK (Makes about 16-20 cups)
(1) Remove, all meat, dice and reserve it for future use.
(2) Put bones, and any jellied juices left from roasting into a stock pot.
(3) Cover the bones with cold water.
(4) Add 2 or 3 bay leaves. If you wish, you may add other seasonings, such as peppercorns, thyme, carrot or onion. However, I find leftover turkey already flavorsome enough, as it is.
(5) Put your stock pot on the stove and bring it to boil, and as it begins to, -reduce temperature to simmer and leave it uncovered for about 1 hour.
(6) Remove from the heat and let it cool a little, then remove bones and sieve the stock through a cheese cloth to remove any impurities.
(7) Freeze the stock for later, or use it straight away to make Bone Soup.
Ingredients - (Makes about 10 cups of soup).
1 medium size onion, peeled and finely chopped,
1 cup (about 3) celery stalks, thinly sliced,
10 garlic cloves (about 1 head) peeled and finely sliced crosswise,
1 cup (about 3 medium) carrots, sliced or chopped,
1 cup (about 6 medium) mushrooms (white or brown, fresh or dried, cleaned and sliced,
1 cup cooked turkey meat leftovers, cut into small chunks,
Fresh ginger, peeled and cut into matchsticks for garnish,
Onion chives or any other herb, you happen to have handy to use as garnish,
1 Tbsp olive oil,
Salt & Pepper.
(1) Begin by heating olive oil on medium heat; add chopped onions, celery, carrots and mushrooms, cover the pot and let them "sweat" for a few minutes on medium-low heat.
(2) Add turkey to the pot.
(3) Cover with stock and simmer for about 30 minutes.
(4) Season with salt and pepper pour to the bowls and garnish with ginger and greens.
Serve with garlic bread or cheese toast, and freeze any leftover soup for future consumption.
(1) Soups, just like stews are always best re-heated and served next day.
(2) Ginger is really good to have with your meal (and not just with "oriental" dishes). It will improve your digestion and make you feel light.
(3) Greens for garnish, are what's in season in our garden, onion or garlic chives, parsley, sometimes fresh thyme or cilantro (fresh coriander), etc., are all used making the same dish a little more varied and interesting, each time.
(4) Dry mushrooms are usually already sliced so use them as they are.
(5) On a really cold day, it's always nice to sprinkle some crushed Cayenne Peppers over the soup, to make it a little hotter!
Other Notes
(1) If you are not familiar with cups, assume an empty, 15 ½ oz. size can to have 2 cups capacity (1 cup=8oz.)

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