Tuesday, 7 December 2010

My mom's chicken soup

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.

12 comments:

  1. I am hoping that this soup fixes you right up. No fun being sick. Wishing you the best for a full and quick recovery.

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  2. I hope you are feeling better soon Michael! That soup would surely help!
    I have put a link to here on my facebook Comfort Food page.

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  3. The soup sounds wonderful~Hope you feel better soon!

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  4. Oh no, I hope you're feeling much better now after a bowl or two of that wonderful chicken soup! That must've been some weekend in London, eh Michael... all that wonderful food and good company! ;-) Take care, my friend, and get well soon.

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  5. Sorry about that cold....my daughter was down here last week and had a doozey. I am praying I don't get it.
    Nothing in the world is more comforting than hot chicken soup when you're feeling lousy!

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  6. Sorry you weren't feel well...glad mom was there to at least give you advice! Mom's always know best!

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  7. It sounds like you are feeling a bit better. It's an awful time of year to be sick. Your soup sounds wonderful. Go back to bed :-). Blessings...Mary

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  8. Oh! I am sorry to hear that you were not feeling good...hope your mom soup can sooth you :-) It sure looks comforting!

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  9. Feel better! Looks like the soup helped. And watch some glee. Remember, elves have rights too.

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  10. I could use some of that right now. Not because I'm sick, but because it's cold.

    I hope you are feeling better!

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  11. You may try Nin Jiom Pei Pa Koa (ninjiom-hk.cwahi.net). i know alot of people use it, its also non alcoholic, though it's effectiveness is not as good as alcohol based cough medicine, but it's still good to use on not so serious scratchy throat.

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