Im sick, you're sick, everyone is sick! Weeeeee! You guessed it, it is officially cold and flu season. Complaints abound on Facebook, Twitter, via text and email, and even a couple of phone calls. Everyone has their favourite recipes, but growing up in a Jewish household there is only one thing we crave, and that is our go-to to make ourselves feel better when hit by a bad bug. Mom's chicken soup. In my older age I have been adopting many new cold fighting techniques, to varying levels of success. One such thing is garlic, and lots of it! Chopped fine and swallowed with some water, really simple, and it will also scare away vampires (sorry, I couldn't resist).
It seems that when you are sick there is no soup to be had, and sadly neither does mom. “Honey, I could pick up some soup for you” seems to be the new offer of “Honey, let me make you a soup”. Mom, why so lazy? I tease, mommabear is fantastic, and if I asked she would gladly make and bring me soup. I tease, because I love. So, clearly I was sick recently, and that had me craving soup. This time, I was lazy and didn’t end up making what I intended until I felt better. Curse of a busy lifestyle. Seeing many other sick, I noticed a post from my west coast foodie friend Degan, that her and her husband were sick. Sent my condolences, and received this glorious soup recipe that I finally got around to making. Périgord Tourain combines my two favourite (and natural) cold remedies, chicken soup and a ton of garlic. Brilliant. Here is the recipe I based my soup on, but as usual I did it my way: http://www.tastingtable.com/ecs/6677.htm.
Changes I made to the recipe above were pretty simple. When the stock was simmering I added some fresh herbs, parsley to be specific, but as always use your judgment.
Also, I doubled (yes doubled) the garlic.
Speaking of garlic, here is a tip on peeling garlic, and yes, it works. I also didn’t slice, but rather smashed and rough chopped the garlic. Saved me some time, and today I was just lacking patience. If you have a lot of time on your hands, and patience, you might want to do your garlic like Paulie.
Start to finish this takes about an hour, and is well worth the effort. Should also cure what ails you, but stay healthy!