Friday, 7 October 2011

Spicy Jewish Penicillin

It is fairly common knowledge that chicken soup is also known as Jewish Penicillin since it is whipped out whenever signs of colds and general bugs start to rear their heads.

I was feeling rather delicate today- start of the bugs doing the rounds of kids and parents at school, a long week and a late night last night seeing friends meant I wanted something to pick me up at lunchtime.

This soup really does hit the spot. And it is so easy to prepare. Begin by chopping up a large onion, 2-3 peeled carrots and a few sticks of celery (as always you can adapt this to what you have in). Gently fry in some olive oil with some chopped garlic, chopped ginger and chopped red chillies (as much as you want depending to taste).

Once it has been gently frying for 5 minutes add some rinsed red lentils and some shredded cooked chicken.

Give everything a good stir and season well before adding 750ml chicken stock.

Allow to simmer over a low heat for about 20 minutes.

And that's it! the ginger and chilli add a nice kick and really do help with the pick me up! I had a large cupful left after lunch and dropped this round to my neighbour who was suffering from a really sore throat- and again this apparently hit the spot!

Til soon.....

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