I want to thank everyone for their comments. It means so much to me to know that there really are wonderful people out there and that you understood me.
I wanted to write a really positive post (for a change). I am not really a cook, but I am so proud of this super easy recipe, discovered / explained to me by my mom. There are just two Magic ingredients, and once you know them, you can make a chicken soup which would make any Jewish mama proud!
Firstly, it helps if everything is organic and if you have at least two hours and HUGE pot. But I have made it very satisfactorily with none of the above. Prep time is about 7-10 minutes (depending on how sharp your scissors are for skinning the chicken). Veggies can be cut in very large lumps.
Then you need the usual ingredients like chicken drumsticks (cut off the skin), onions, garlic, carrots, mushrooms (I like shiitake) and any other choice of veggie you wish, in your pot with plenty of water and set to simmer.
To this mix you also add the TWO Magic ingredients. A few chunks of the rind of a cheese like peccorino or parmesan, (if you don't have the rind you can also use a few lumps of the cheese) and a WHOLE lemon. With a grater, drop the zest of your lemon in the pot with all the other ingredients, then slice the lemon/s, (being sure to cut off and disgard any pith), and then drop the slices too into the pot, just as you would with any other vegetable.
No need for a stock cube, but you can add some if you wish. Add more salt than pepper (and possibly braggs liquid aminos - it's like soya sauce). Boil for two hours! (but this should taste good after just an hour). Add extra salt and extra lemon juice if necessary.
Then if you wish, you can thicken the broth with either cous cous or some other grain / rice. Enjoy!
As for quantities, you will always wish you had more broth and more veggies! If anyone has any additional suggestions - please do share!