Monday, 24 November 2008


My daughter and I have had a duvet day in front of the fire in the snug. She started sneezing last night and woke with a high temperature this morning and an awful runny nose.I wasn't feeling much better (which isn't like me and I hate feeling below par).

So out came one of my favourite books; NOURISHING TRADITIONS by Sally Fallon. Described as 'The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats' it is the most amazing book on food I've ever read. She does indeed challenge, every step of the way, with rational, intelligent, common sense writing and recipes which are basic and easy to follow using the 'best' (organic,independently produced, unadulterated) ingredients.

I made Coconut Chicken Soup which is yum dum dammer (as my four year would say), and is highly recommended for fending off the likes of colds and flu. Boiling chicken bones and simmering for a long time releases the gelatine which is great amongst other things for our connective tissue. This soup is said to heal the nerves, aids digestion by feeding, repairing and calming the mucous lining in the small intestine, and reduces allergies.

I for one feel much better for it.

Here's the recipe if you'd like to try it, it's so simple but soooooooooooo tasty.

1 whole ORGANIC/FREE RANGE chicken, chopped into pieces (alternatively use a left over chicken carcass from your sunday roast)
water, to cover
1 large onion
2 tablespoons vinegar
2 peeled and chopped carrots
3 celery sticks coarsley chopped
1 bunch parsely

Place the chicken and everything but the parsley in a large pan with the water and bring to the boil. Simmer for between 6-24 hours. The longer the better for depth of taste.About ten minutes before the end add the parsley.
Remove any chicken bones.

1 1/2 cups of coconut milk
1/4 teaspoon dried chilli flakes
1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
juice of one lemon

Add the above ingredients and simmer again for 15 minutes. Season to taste with salt (sea salt or Himalyan salt not processed).

Today's Tip : Good Food is a great healer. Try it before reaching for the OTC Cold and Flu Remedies.


lucy said...

Chicken soup is good, the Chinese have used it for millenia. But I doubt you will allow this posting either clearly censorship is something else you share with the chinese - ho hum - I am still amused by these ponderings

lucy said...

And you missed this one too. . .