Flu season is upon us. You may want a few days off but you don’t want it to be because you had the flu.
You can stock your medicine cabinet with every cold and flu gimmick in town but you’d be much better off stocking your refrigerator instead.
You can fend off most of the nasty business that your rude coworkers sneeze upon you with some very tasty recipes.
- 3 tsp grated fresh ginger root
- 3 c boiling water
- 3 tsp honey
- 2 tsp fresh lime juice
- Place the ginger in a teapot or pitcher
- Pour the boiling water on top
- Let it steep for 15 min
- Strain it and whisk in the honey and lime juice.
- 1 whole, big, fat, chicken
- 3 tomatoes, quartered
- 3 onions, quartered
- 2-3 carrots, coarsely chopped
- 1-2 parsnips, coarsely chopped
- 1 small turnip, quartered
- Throw it all in a pot and barely cover it with cold water
- Make sure it’s at least cool to the touch. Starting with cold water makes the bones release more cartilage. It may sound gross but it’s the difference between good chicken soup and yellow water.
- Bring it to a boil then reduce it to a simmer
- 2 hours will do but the longer the better. We always try to go for 6, 4 in a pinch
- The one bummer is that you’ll need to pick through it when it’s done. Leaving bone bits in your chicken soup is not ok. It’s not a big deal but you need to be thorough.
It yields plenty of soup and you can freeze the extra
You’ll be so glad that you invested that little bit of effort. Homemade chicken soup beats the dickens out of cough syrup.
- 3 pints of mixed mushrooms
- 3-4 cloves of garlic
- 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary
- 1 sprig of fresh thyme
- 1-2 quarts of good quality chicken stock
- Throw the mushrooms, garlic and herbs in a pot
- Barely cover them with stock
- Simmer for 1-2 hrs
- Some people like it completely smooth but we prefer it with a little more texture. Start with pulse on a food processor and blend it to the texture you like.
As you probably know by now, earthy is not our thing. Sadly, we don’t have much patience for hippy types. These recipes actually work. Eat well and avoid germ spreaders whenever possible.
Enjoy your Flu Busters.