How to get out of God’s Way… or how to make P.A Dutch Chicken Pot Pie, a tutorial.
“What soup are you making Momma?” Bel asks
I shake my head and tell her,
I have no idea…I am just following it through… I have an idea …but no recipe… just poking around for willing ingredients, but I am sure it will be okay.
I come from a long line of women who ladled soup to strangers…
I used to trade my mom school reports, in exchange for making the humongous pots of chicken pot pie (PA dutch style, the pictures are the tutorial for this). We made huge kettles of food once or twice a week for all of the (essentially) homeless who worked with the horses at the racetrack. Our house would fill up a few times a week…and no food was left… and I came home with a solid A or B on a report. They came smelling of horse and cigarettes…They left smelling of Jesus…and well, still horse.
My grandmother would ladle too, the large pots of beef barley to the farm hands…or into the orphan bellies of kids they built schools for in Haiti.
My great grandmother …and I can still smell it’s sweetness, when I think of her… ham and pea soup to the church congregation which would meet at her home…and her too, to the farm hands that always came in hungry after bailing hay all day.
It is the first meal I served to my new husband…his mother had never cooked with garlic and he thought my soup was amazing…I had made way too much, I had never cooked for so few.
When He told me to make “the other place” for people to go…
to remind them they can bloom in the gifts He gave them,
I told Him we could hold it here…in my home. I would make soup.
He told me …no.
I asked Him, well who will feed them….you told me to “feed your sheep”… and He said,
He would….and to tell them to come hungry, He is making something new.
Concerning the Chicken Pot Pie:
You begin with a basic chicken soup.
You add a pinch of saffron and plenty of salt…the saffron is the key to the yellow color and the PA-dutchiness of it.
Follow the Noodle Tutorial…simmer for half hour or more , I don’t think you can overcook, although you can undercook (rubbery noodles)