Tuesday, February 12, 2008

*mother knows best... and chicken soup for the soul*

Oh boy, mothers always know best.
Chatting to my mother this morning and while nagging about how poorly I felt, she told me to chew on some papaya seeds. Well, I had eaten some papaya with yogurt because that is supposed to be really healthy and good on the stomach but the seeds are so bitter they are something I usually just swallow or don't eat at all.
So I ate a spoonful a couple hours ago. And I'm feeling a little better already.

Or was it the soup?
Because every time I'm feeling sick or down all I need is a nice bowl of Chicken Soup and then things start looking up.

Chicken Soup for the Soul

150 grs chicken breast
2 medium carrots - minced
2 medium potatoes - minced
2 medium onions - minced
4 roma tomatoes - chopped
2 cloves garlic - chopped (or more if you prefer)
oregano to taste
salt to taste
a pinch of sugar (to break down the acid in the tomatoes)
1 cube of chicken stock
a couple handfuls of alphabet noodles

Chop the chicken breast into small bite pieces. Sauté with a little olive oil and the garlic and onions. Add the chicken stock (I grew up to the cube type so I prefer to use it), and cover with a little more than a liter of water. Let it boil for about 30 minutes, then add the other vegetables and wait another 20 minutes. Add the noodles in the final 6 minutes of boiling. Spice to taste and serve with a twist of lime.

Makes 4 medium servings or 6 small ones.

When I make the soup to treat colds or fevers I usually add pepper to taste or/and ginger. Since my stomach is ill I decided to go lighter on the flavor, so it's just pure comfort.
Also, its my soup so there MUST be alphabet pasta. Sounds silly, but I just love the child-like feel it gives and how much it makes my soup look like my moms. Comforting.

Anyway, soon enough I'll be back to cooking lots of interesting and spicy foods. Yay!

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