Mediterranean Chicken Soup ~ The Wisdom of the Teacup

Aside from the occasional Dumb Supper, Sister Madly never entertains in a high-society fashion. So when she received a single teacup from Tallulah over Christmas, she assumed that Tallulah intended her to serve herself from this charming china set.

Now, Sister Madly has been known to have discussions with herself, often keeping herself up at night with lengthy dissertations about the correlation between Hollow Earth and Pop Rocks, until she rolls over and tells herself to put a sock in it. She then hurls insults at herself under her breath like a petulant child until she falls asleep exhausted somewhere between 4 and 5AM. Clearly, a nightcap from this teacup will put an end to those late night discourses.

Tallulah knows her so well.

Her Brother-in-Law, however, has a different theory about his favorite holiday: Christmas, he says, is a time to get someone the present you want to give them, not necessarily what they want*- a theory he later demonstrated by gifting Sister Madly the LP soundtrack of that beloved cult classic Manos: The Hands of Fate.

* A very interesting theory, Mr. Tallulah; Sister Madly just might implement this same philosophy for you next year. Hopefully, SkyMall is still in circulation.

While not a brilliant score musically, there is a certain novelty in owning the soundtrack to one of the worst disasterpieces in cinematic history- that, and she likes to annoy her neighbors.

Also, it provided some lovely dinner music later that evening.

* Be thankful that Sister Madly linked you to the 10 minute video, not the 10 hour one- that is her Christmas gift to you.

But the Manos soundtrack was not the only gift from Mr. Tallulah; it was accompanied by that coveted DVD of Radiant Fireplace 2, to satiate her midnight cravings to watch 60 minutes of nonstop fireplace.

Being that it was Christmas, the unwrapping of Radiant Fireplace 2 quickly led to a discussion amongst herself over the storyboard for a truly festive Yule Log Video.

Allow Sister Madly to elaborate:

Naturally, one starts by setting some dead trees on fire to merry music…

By the 3rd Song- Greensleeves, of course- break out the snacks…

After a S’more or two, revive the dying flame with kindling and all those pesky incriminating documents you forgot to shred…

45 minutes later, ritually summon an Elder God Sister Madly…

Then scramble to appease her demand for an offering…

No doubt Sister Madly is pleased…

… nope, not as pleased as she could be…

Now look what you’ve done- you’ve sent Sister Madly into a proper tantrum! Why would you even think that a spider is an appropriate offering? What’s wrong with Moroccan Lanterns or fuzzy socks or Ferrero Rocher candies? Pretty rocks? Birds of Paradise? Spiders are never an acceptable currency in the Madliverse- you should know that by now, peasant!

And it is here that the more sensible amongst you would implement, most carefully, the wisdom of Tallulah’s Teacup*- as you can see, Sister Madly’s tantrums are epic.

* Having filled it to the brim with Cider, of course.


  • 4-6 chicken thighs, whole
  • 6-8 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup pearl couscous, uncooked (opt)
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 TBSP fresh garlic, minced
  • carrots, chopped
  • celery, chopped
  • mushrooms, sliced
  • 2½ tsp thyme
  • 2½ tsp marjoram
  • ¼ tsp pepper, or to taste
  • salt, to taste
  • oil/ghee, for sautéing

Sauté onion in hot oil until translucent; 8-10 min
Add garlic; sauté 2-3 min
Add celery, carrots, and mushrooms; sauté 2-3 min
Add spices; sauté 30 sec
Add chicken; stir to coat
Add stock; bring to a boil
Reduce heat; simmer until veggies are tender; 30-40 min
Shred chicken with 2 forks
Add couscous; cover; simmer 8-10 min until cooked
Remove from heat and serve

THEME SONG: Let the Fire In, Peter Murphy’s Carver Combo


 10) Jill Greenberg

22 responses

  1. Hyde

    Once again, yuur writing surprises and delights me, or us. You’re brilliant.
    Not like me… I had to check to make sure I used the correct “you’re”.

    Liked by 1 person

    January 14, 2019 at 5:26 AM

    • I always have to check my you’re’s …your’s…yer’s… all those things. And I often fail.

      But thank you. ;c)


      January 14, 2019 at 10:37 AM

      • Hyde

        Of course! I’m a huge fan. 😊

        Liked by 1 person

        January 16, 2019 at 5:39 AM

  2. 😉 ☮️

    Liked by 1 person

    January 14, 2019 at 7:49 PM

  3. “Nothing like sitting in front of the fire and watching the evidence burn” is my life’s new mantra! Thank you!

    A delicious post (double entendre intended) as usual!

    Liked by 1 person

    January 25, 2019 at 5:59 AM

    • Tis a fine manta, indeed. I think we should all embrace it.


      January 25, 2019 at 1:06 PM

  4. locksley2010

    I’ve not heard of Manos before….. is it worse than “The Room” by Tommy Wiseau?

    Liked by 1 person

    January 27, 2019 at 1:18 AM

    • I’ve never been able to watch The Room in its entirety, which makes me think that one is probably worse, although not by much.

      Then again, I haven’t been able to watch Manos in its entirety without Mystery Science Theatre… this question just might be one of life’s great mysteries!


      January 27, 2019 at 11:53 AM

      • locksley2010

        I used to LOVE MST3K!!! We used to get it over here in the UK with the Sci-fi channel (before it became “Sy-Fy” Puma-Man and Space Mutiny were our favourites!

        Liked by 1 person

        January 27, 2019 at 11:58 AM

        • I knew you were a kindred spirit!

          Soul Taker and Final Sacrifice were amongst my favorites… Space Mutiny was good, too… so many to choose from!

          Liked by 1 person

          January 27, 2019 at 12:27 PM

  5. locksley2010

    Fantastic! 😃 Yes there is so many….. and I believe they’re on YouTube, beginning with Joel then Mike as the hapless experimentee.

    Liked by 1 person

    January 27, 2019 at 12:31 PM

    • Good to know! Manos was a Joel episode, should your curiosity get the better of you.

      Liked by 1 person

      January 27, 2019 at 12:37 PM

      • locksley2010

        I can see a night of beer, trying out Mediterranean Chicken Soup and YouTube happening in the immediate future….. It’s Movie Time! 😎

        Liked by 1 person

        January 27, 2019 at 12:41 PM

        • Beer? You mean CIDER!


          January 27, 2019 at 12:48 PM

        • locksley2010

          Ooh no, it’s Winter and it’s cold, definitely beer! Although, saying that, if cider is the only drink available, then that’s not a bad thing…… I’m a Summer baby, I tend to have cider in warmer weather. 😉

          Liked by 1 person

          January 27, 2019 at 1:45 PM

        • I’ll accept that philosophy.

          Liked by 1 person

          January 27, 2019 at 2:30 PM

  6. Nim

    OMG! I can’t remember the last time I was reading and having a good giggle… Asterix (the Gaul) comic series used to do it…

    Thank you for the share…

    Liked by 1 person

    February 3, 2019 at 11:24 PM

    • Thank you kindly! Always good to know I can make someone giggle. ;c)

      I just may have to check you that comic series…


      February 4, 2019 at 10:23 AM

  7. gonna try the soup out soon as I get the hankering…

    Liked by 1 person

    March 30, 2019 at 11:25 AM

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