You know the old adage: feed a cold,starve a fever? This is a truth that most people do not understand. They think that it means feed someone if they have a cold, and starve them if they have a fever. They think wrong, based on an ignorance of English proverbs and medicine. It means 'if you have a cold, eat well to prevent a fever from taking hold'. Effectively, you starve off the fever from taking over from someone with a cold.
I do believe that natural cures are the best: fresh fruit and vegetables, hot lemon and honey, ginger, garlic and so forth. For any cold a powerful blend of herbs in a hot chicken broth is part of the solution. This is my own recipe for a herby soup that will help effect an 8-hour turnaround in the event of a cold.
It is also a lot cheaper than buying a host of ever-expensive medicines at high-street stores, and is a great way of using up leftovers. Healthy and on a budget!
Therefore I call it Magic Soup.
You will need:
5-6 small chicken breast strips
3-4 cloves of garlic
1 small onion
1 cup of peas
1 cup of sweetcorn
1-2 tablespoons of honey
1 small chilli pepper
2 chicken stock cubes
1 teaspoon of mint
1 teaspoon of rosemary
1 teaspoon of saffron (optional)
Pinch celery salt
Ground black pepper
Dash of paprika
Take a large saucepan and put in a little oil, the herbs, finely chopped garlic and a finely diced onion. Heat this up with the honey, stirring continually.
Add the diced chicken, the peas, the stock cubes and the sweetcorn. Stir until the chicken is part-cooked and covered with the seasoning.
Cover with 1.5 pints to 2 pints of water and leave to boil for 20 minutes.
Add salt, celery salt, pepper and paprika to taste.
It should look like a clearish, sparkling broth and have a good kick to the back of the throat with every spoonful.
Serve generously, it is a powerful, good, tasty soup with a chilli, garlicky hit that will get to work immediately.
It cured man-flu, it can cure any cold.