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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Magic Soup

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 salt
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.


  1. You can have it as spicy or garlicky as you like. GK doesn't like things to be too spicy but it does help to stave off a cold

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