Cypriot Easter Soup
- 1½ lb lamb on the bone
- 8 cup water
- 1 onion finely chopped
- 3 celery stalks with leaves finely chopped
- ¼ cup finely-chopped parsley
- ½ cup rice
- 3 egg yolks beaten
- 1 tbsp cornstarch
- 1 cup milk
- juice of ½ lemon
- salt to taste
- freshly-ground black pepper to taste
- Cut the lamb off the bone and chop it coarsely.
- Put the meat, the bones, the onion, and the celery into a large saucepan and cover with the water.
- Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce to a simmer.
- Skim any froth and discard.
- Cover the pot and cook for about an hour.
- Stir in the rice and the parsley, cover, and cook for about 25 more minutes, until the rice is very tender.
- Remove bones and discard.
- When ready to serve, whisk the egg yolks, cornstarch, and milk together until smooth, then whisk it slowly into the soup.
- Let the soup cook, uncovered, for about 5 minutes.
- Remove from heat, stir in the lemon juice, season with salt and pepper to taste, then ladle into bowls and serve immediately.
- Serve hot to 4 to 6 people.
- It's also wonderful reheated - so long as you reheat carefully and don't curdle it.