Thursday, May 14, 2009

Flashback and Foodie Friday ~ Sick Day Jello and Soup

Usually on Fridays I flashback to some food & flowers from the past..mainly because I usually order Pizza on Fridays. This time my flashback is mental only because my feature is something I actually made today, but the memory of this dish flashes me back to when I was just a little girl and I was feeling under the weather (like today). Whenever I stayed home from school my mom would inevitably make me Jello with whipped cream. Well it's been a while since I was in school, but I did stay home from work today with a bad cold and needed something to eat..but not much. *Light Bulb* ~ smart Mom..she knew just what I needed when I was flo-ho. I honestly can't remember the last time I made Jello and when I got the craving for some I was afraid there wouldn't be any in the pantry. I dug deep...and came up with one box! So here it is in all its glory...the whipped cream is a must or the memory just isn't complete.

Here's one flashback flower from early June of this year. I am ready for more iris!

So the jello was just a snack....I needed lunch too. Nothing much, but something more than jello. Soup seemed right. There's one I had in the back of my head that my friend Carol made not long ago. See her post here at There's Always Time to Cook. Avgolemono Soup! I knew it required few ingredients and cooked up quick so that fit the bill. I followed the recipe to a tee and it came out great. I used rice instead of orzo. I did garnish it with cucumber and then I decided that the cucumber tasted really great with the soup so chopped up some pieces. Totally weird I guess, but try it you'll like it!

Avgolemono Soup
by Victoria Granof (Cookie, April 2009,

4 cups chicken broth
1/4 cup uncooked orzo (or rice or pastina)
Salt and pepper to taste
3 eggs
3 tablespoons lemon juice

In a large saucepan, bring the broth to a boil.

Add the orzo, rice, or pastina and cook until tender but still al dente, about 7 minutes (20, if using rice). Season with the salt and pepper and reduce heat to low; simmer.

Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs and lemon juice until smooth.

Ladle about 1 cup of the hot broth into the egg-and-lemon mixture, then whisk to combine.

Add the mixture back to the simmering saucepan. Stir just until the soup becomes opaque and thickens as the eggs cook, 1 to 2 minutes. Add more salt and pepper, if desired, and serve.

This is my contribution to Foodie Friday held by Michael Lee our gracious host at Designs by Gollum. I 'm not staying with the theme (Trainwrecks), but Michael Lee assures me this is fine and dandy. She's really great that way. Or wait..maybe I am staying with the theme because I FEEL like a trainwreck. Go check out the other fun posts here.

If you have a Flashback Friday post please put your link here! I'm happy to have you join me. Here are some of my past Flashback Friday posts.


Joyce said...

Feel better and thanks for posting the recipe. It sounds quick and easy.

Debbie at Mountain Breaths said...

Suzy, you are too nice to be sick. I hope you feel better soon, and I suppose if you have to be sick, the jello and soup would be a nice meal :-)

Ginger said...

Jell-O looks so delicious and simple. The soup is definitely something I am going to try. I love the cucumber in it. Have a great weekend.....

bj said...

So sorry you aren't feeling well. The jello and whipped creme looks delicious...

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

I haven't fixed this soup in years! I need to ...Happy Foodie Friday! Have a great weekend ~ Susan

Christi @ A Southern Life said...

I'm in. Thanks for a new meme and get well soon!

Cynthia said...

Love your irises, ours are just starting to bloom.

Suzy, I'm so sorry the cold is lingering. I enjoyed seeing and reading about your memory flashback and how your mom knew what you needed when you were a flo-ho. I wasn't familiar with flo-ho, so I did a search and only could find the definition below. I'm pretty sure there must be some other meaning. :)
meaning of flo-ho The soup looks tasty. I hope your cold doesn't put a damper on your weekend. Take care.

Suzy said...
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Suzy said...

Thanks everyone for the get well wishes! I am feeling a lot better today so am hauling my flo-ho butt to work! lol Cynthia you gave me a HUGE laugh this morning and made me wonder. I this is something my mom always said. This is what I found:;_ylt=A0oGkt_EcQ1KnHYBGSdrCqMX;_ylu=X3oDMTBvdmM3bGlxBHBndANhdl93ZWJfcmVzdWx0BHNlYwNzcg--?qid=20090502225600AAN9b2h

Obviously she was influenced by the 3 years she spent in Spain & the 4 years on Panama!

Christi thanks for joining me!

Debbie what a sweet thing to say.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Sorry, you don't feel well. My mother always gave me jello and soup, too! I always loved cream of tomato with extra milk! ;-)


Sheila :-)

imjacobsmom said...

There's always time for Jell-o. My Mom always made me Jell-o, too. I always had the lime. I haven't had Jell-o in a long time. I should make some for Jacob - that would be a nice surprise before he comes home from school. I better go dig in my pantry....Robyn

Marsha said...

When we were sick we always drank hot or warm jello before it set...I don't know why but it sure tasted good ;)

Off to see what Cynthia found out about floho/flojo!

Dishesdone said...

ROTFL @ Cynthia's explanation of Flo-ho! Glad you're feeling better, Suzy! I had the jello, too, as a kid, and ginger ale. Your jello looks great, just like I'd remember, like a parfait :)

Always fun joining you in a flashback!

Dishesdone said...

Forgot to say, glad you liked the soup! Looks good with cucumber :)

Kathleen said...

There's always room for jello...Hope you feel better!
Beautiful flowers, Suzy, always!

Cory! said...

Suzy: I made those cookies and they were fantastic! Thanks so much for the recipe, here's some pictures of my creations:

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