I am having one of those days. I woke up this morning with blocked nose, sore throat, watery eyes, feeling horrible basically. I don't get sick often, but at least once a year, I'll catch a cold that zaps all my energy and I don't like it. I just realised the last time I was feeling like this was exactly this time last year. Strange.
I called my mom and she told me to make chicken soup. Somehow around midday, I managed to pull myself together, went to the market and bought some chicken. Like many chicken soup recipes, my mom's chicken soup is simple and comforting. In a pot, place the chickens, I use six drumsticks, a couple of unpeeled cloves of garlic, one peeled medium onion, sea salt, a cube of chicken bouillon and cover with water. Let it come to the boil and then add a handful of goji berries. If you never seen goji berries before, they look almost like dried cranberries, maybe a savoury version of it. These berries add a lovely sweetness to the soup and they're very good for you as they contain vitamin c, beta-carotene and iron. Many supermarkets have them these days, or you can always look at your local health food stores.
As the chicken cooks, I like to skim the white foamy frothy stuff that rises to the surface of the soup. There's no need to do this, but I like to have clear broth not cloudy. Let the soup simmers for 20-30 minutes and adjust the seasoning with more salt and white pepper if you wish. Serve with rice.
This chicken soup, a marathon of Scrubs, and a good nap... And I feel much better now. I don't know why and how but chicken soup just have the medicinal qualities that actually help to cure the common cold.
Thank you Mom.