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Sunday, July 19, 2015

Sickness and soup

Brought back a cold from travel, despite all my precautions. Of course, I get some mutant strain, causing marathon sneezing, swollen eyes and itchy throat. My sinuses feel like they have been packed with concrete. It rapidly takes me down to zero, a hacking, sneezing, snotty disaster. Worst of all, we have to reschedule my last Herceptin infusion.

I sleep nearly non-stop for two days and feel much better. Well enough to start a load of wash and make a pot of healing chicken soup. I highly recommend it for its healing power. It has is a hybrid Thai/Chinese concoction, spicy and warming. It can be tweaked as you wish. All ingredients are best organic, but regular is fine.

Candy's Healing Chinese Chicken Soup

1 leftover roasted chicken breast meat (1 cup)
1 can Chicken broth (low sodium)
1/2 package of mixed veggies, frozen
1 tsp Sesame oil
2 tsp Soy sauce
1 tsp Red curry paste
3 tbsp Garlic
1 tbsp Cilantro
1 tbsp Ginger
1 tsp horseradish or wasabi
1 bunch (4 each) green onions
Ramen noodles (without the spice packet), cooked.
1 cup water
1 can coconut milk, unsweetened
1 tsp. Red pepper flakes
1 tsp Siracha

Heat sesame oil in a frying pan. Add mixed veggies and all spices and sauces, mixing well and stirring on med-high heat till veggies begin to soften.

In a soup pot, heat the chicken broth,  cut up chicken, water and green onions, mixing well. Add the veggie/spice mix and heat till to a medium simmering boil. Cook for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the cooked ramen noodles and coconut milk and stir well. Let sit for a few minutes to cool, then enjoy!