May is always the craziest, most well-fed month of the year. With a company of hungry actors to feed our recipes are tried and tested and tested again (we love left-overs). Avgolemono Soup, a Greek lemon soup, has many many iterations and is a popular soup in the Stemper household. It was the first soup The Tempest company had the fun of trying during tour and as everyone went back for seconds it seemed like a safe bet for adding to our collection.
Bring 6 cups of the broth, the water the stone and the chicken parts to a boil. Add the onion and carrots and simmer until chicken is fully cooked. Remove the chicken and set aside. Skim the broth to remove the vegetables and the surface scum.
Add the rice to the broth and continue to simmer the broth until rice is cooked through. Beat the eggs until light in color. Whisk lemon juice into the eggs, once combined slowly add the remaining 2 cups of cold chicken broth. Set aside.
Shred cooled chicken.
Slowly ladle a spoon of the simmering broth into the egg mixture, whisking to prevent the egg from curdling. Add two more ladles of hot broth to the egg mixture, then slowly pour the egg mixture into the soup (still stirring constantly). Add the shredding chicken and parsley.
Sometimes this soup is made with orzo, sometimes there is oregano included, sometimes the lemon is cooked with the chicken. The possibilities for altering the meal are limitless, but the most important thing is to remember to stir the egg mixture when cooking it or you will wind up with scrambled eggs in your Avgolemono...and that might not be what you were intending...though it is probably still pretty good, we never tested that version though so we can't say for sure.