Tea balls are not just for tea.
I’ve used my handy ball and chain for chai, coffee, and today for soup.
I put a mixture of coriander, cardamom, black pepper, and avocado leaves (you can use bay leaves instead) inside of my mesh tea ball.
The soup is full of chicken, carrot, onion, rice and potatoes. Simple and easy, like grandma used to make.
Steep the tea ball in the water once the chicken is cooked. I cook the chicken in salty water with onion and garlic cloves, and the leafy ends of celery. Keep your celery scraps in the freezer in a resealable bag along with chicken bones from roasting previous birds, just for soup starters! Once the celery has released its flavour into the broth, I remove it.
Next, add the diced potatoes and simmer until they are tender. For the last minute of cooking, add the rice (left over, about 1 cup) and some slices of tomato. If I had green onions or cilantro, they would have been used as a garnish. As it was, the soup was quick, affordable, and soothing for my achy body. Nothing fancy needed to make me happy.