Japanese Chicken Hot Pot and Kindness Week [RECIPE]

Good Morning Everyone!

How are you today? We are halfway through another week and I am so glad. Between battling seasonal allergies and a cold, I’m a bit tired. But enough about that. Today I want to talk about kindness week. My husband and I have a daily ritual that I want to share with you. Every morning when he arrives to work, he sends me a quick email with thought-provoking questions. We write back and forth about things on our mind, or simply things we want to do together. In these little emails we take time to nourish each others souls and explore our interests. This week, we decided would be kindness week. Normally when we think about being kind, we automatically assume that it’s being kind to others.

But this week we have been focusing on being kind to ourselves. Instead of cooking up a storm, as usual, I have been asking the family how they feel towards eating and what they are craving. The feeling has been liberating. So often I have craved a big bowl of strawberries for supper, but cooked an entire meal instead. This week I have been curled up nursing a stuffy nose, sipping hot tea, and catching up on a mountain of books. I found myself reflecting on the need to be gentle and loving towards myself. We run and run every day, but if we pause to take time to do what we want… and need… then we can recharge and become happier and more fulfilled.

Now I admit that that’s all well and good, but at times, taking time for myself feels selfish. After all, I’m a wife and a mom. I put my family first always and I’m constantly seeking them out to make sure their needs are fully met. But if I’m being totally honest here… it has been nice to take a bit of “me time” too. So I apologize, my dear friends for the gap this week in blog posting. We will be back to our normal daily recipes at the end of the week.

Until then, let’s look at today’s recipe.

Is there anything more comforting than chicken soup? Okay, arguably chocolate. But, besides chocolate… is there anything more comforting, soothing, and satisfying than chicken soup? Surely not! Whether it’s matzo ball soup, or arroz caldo, there is a chicken soup recipe across every land and culture. This Japanese version is a hug in a pot. My favorite part is that hot pots are a communal dish! The vegetables and meat are simmered in a central pot for all to share and enjoy. So I hope you all enjoy this easy, chicken soup recipe. Have a wonderful Wednesday everyone and as always, keep on cooking ❤

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Mizutaki Chicken Hot Pot

Courtesy of: Japan Centre

Yields: 4 servings

Ingredients: 

500g chicken
• 1 pack of tofu
• 1 head of hakusai chinese cabbage
• 8 shiitake mushrooms
• 1 leek
• 1 sachet konbu kelp dashi soup stock
• ponzu citrus seasoned soy sauce dipping sauce, to taste

Instructions: 

  1. Start by cutting up the chicken into small bite-size pieces. Slice the tofu into small cubes. Slice up the cabbage into bite-size pieces.  Remove the stems from the shiitake mushrooms. Cut the leek and carrots into thin rounds.
  2. Mix the sachet konbu kelp dashi soup stock powder with 1L hot water and taste the dashi.
  3. Start heating the dashi soup stock on the stove and add the chicken. Remove any foam or impurities that rise to the surface of the liquid. Turn the heat down after boiling and allow the chicken to simmer.
  4. Add the other ingredients to the pot and simmer them until soft and fully cooked. In separate small serving bowls, add a little ponzu sauce and then dip the cooked ingredients in the ponzu before eating.
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