White Socks, Chicken Noodle Soup and Rocking the Olympics

I’ve been sick for the last couple of days and my diet has been ginger tea and saltine crackers to quell my nausea.  If I didn’t feel so light-headed I might actually get some things done around here.  For some reason homemade Chicken Noodle Soup seems to be the cure for whatever is ailing me.   Soup in the summer?  Yes!  If you aren’t under the weather and want to try this, turn down the A/C.  As for me, I have thick white socks on….

For the Chicken Noodle Soup, I use fresh veggies: onion, garlic, celery and carrots.  After sauteing, I add chicken stock not broth.  Stock is much richer in flavor and adds more body.  To that, I add shredded rotisserie chicken (you could use fresh cooked) and let it simmer away.  Towards the end, I add frozen Reems egg noodles.  This causes the soup to thicken up a bit so add more liquid if necessary (water is fine at this point) and don’t forget to salt & pepper after each addition and taste for flavor.  Serve with a crusty garlic bread.  I get mine from my favorite grocery store – you know the kind, dense white bread with huge cloves of whole garlic in it.  To up the yum factor I lightly toast it and use it to dip in my soup….Food Heaven….I’ve been known to top the soup with fresh grated parmesan for more amazing flavor.

So now I find my self on the couch with my favorite soft pillow, mindlessly watching Olympic events that hold no interest for me. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a channel that you could customize and it would show a constant stream of all your favorites.  My line up would look something like this:

Ladies Gymnastics
Mens Gymnastics

That’s it…..

We taped the opening ceremonies and watched it last night – aahh, the magic of DVR.  Because of the time difference between London and the U.S. I guess it doesn’t really matter when I watch it, I’m already behind.  I live in my own happy little bubble and for the most part I find this works well for me 😉

To continue the Carly Rae Jepson video craze that  me and The Food and Wine Hedonist and are single-handedly fueling, here is a cute lipdub of the U.S. Swim Team doing Call Me Maybe.  They look like they are having some fun before the enormous pressure of competing in the Olympic Games.  Also, be sure to check out FWH post on the Milli Vanilli lipdub it’s one my favs and it offers some nice eye candy!

I noticed this link says it’s blocked, but when you click on “Watch on You Tube” it takes you there!

Back to the ceremonies…. I enjoyed the story told of the past, present and future U.K. but what I loved most was the light show and the MUSIC!!  As I’ve heard others say this did seem like the rock-and-roll Olympics.  Great Britain does have a sense humor and they have the ability to laugh at the many mishaps made along their timeline of history.  They also have amazing musical talent that hails from their shores!  For a complete list of the ceremony music, check it out here.

The orchestrator of this theatrical and musical spectacular is Danny Boyle.  You’ve heard of Slum Dog Millionaire and Trainspotting right?  Well, that’s him…I think he did an amazing job pulling all of this together.  I mean, he got the Queen to play herself in this video short.  That must have been years in the negotiating!  So, for those of you who missed it – the Queen Mum and Daniel Craig aka James Bond, parachute from a helicopter to the Olympic stadium.  I loved it and it shows you that yes, the Queen does have a sense of humor!  As you watch this, be on the lookout for her adorable Welsh Corgi’s.

Another favorite moment of mine was David Beckham driving a speedboat down the Thames…Again, nice eye-candy!  But more importantly he was transporting the Olympic flame and one of the teenage athletes who would later help light the Olympic torch.

Even the music for the Parade of Nations was stellar!  They started with one of my favorites, Galvanize by the Chemical Brothers seen below.

I noticed that Greece entered the stadium first.  That’s because the original Olympic Games held in 776 BC, took place in Greece. These games are commonly called the “Ancient Olympics”.  Because of that, Greece is honored by being the first country to enter the stadium during opening and closing ceremonies.

Enough of this!  Since I feel too crappy to slurp wine I’m going to slurp some yummy Chicken Noodle Soup!  For the record Hubby actually made it – I supervised from my spot on the couch with my favorite soft pillow…..

Until next time cheers to you!