Thursday, December 3, 2009

Chicken Soup for the Cold

Since my last post, I've come down with a cold. This cold lasted 3 weeks. Regular over-the-counter drugs aren't working (granted, I only really gave children's cough syrup a fair chance). I decided it was time for the home remedies of chili, garlic, ginger and chicken noodle soup. Chili frees up the sinuses, garlic is supposed to ward off the common cold, ginger provides energy and chicken noodle soup - well, it's chicken noodle soup. I tried to combine these ingredients and I wound up with the a soup that will keep me free of vampires for the next 2 months.

Anti-Cold Soup
4 cloves of garlic, minced
2" ginger, minced
1 chili, sliced thinly
1 L chicken stock
150 g chicken, cut into thin slices
100g rice noodles, soaked according to package directions
chopped cilantro
green onions, sliced, white parts only
1 kefir lime

In a large saucepan, gently brown garlic and ginger over low heat. Add chicken broth and chili, and bring to a boil. Add chicken and allow to simmer for 2-4 minutes. Add noodles. Spoon into bowls, serve with sliced onions, cilantro and lime.

I remained sick for a few days, and I'm not sure what effect, if any, the soup had on my well-being. I think, more than anything else, it kept me at home where I belonged. I didn't want to take my garlic stench outside to scare anyone. And the rest certainly did me some good.


Cathy said...

Hope you are feeling better soon! There's nothing worse than a lingering cold.

Amanda said...

You poor thing! I hear you, I had a cold that lasted a month! It was awful.

Love the title of this post, and everything else about it. Funny stuff! Soup looks delicious, too. :)

Murasaki Shikibu said...

Get well soon! :)

taste traveller said...

Thanks for the well wishes! I feel much better & am looking forward to catching up on the Christmas stuff here in town.

Erica said...

I have a cold too!!I made a Colombian-Style chicken soup for myself.Yours looks delicious.

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