It’s day 7 of my detox, its also been a few days and this flu does not want to go away. I’ve been soldiering on but eventually it just caught up with me, it feels like a dark cloud that’s come down on me. Fortunately over the weekend and I wasn’t working.
It’s a well known fact that chicken soup is a cure for flu. Well, talking as a cook and not a doctor in this instance.
I have a perfect beer bread recipe that’ll go beautifully with my ‘penicillin’, I stole from my father-in-law. Someone gave him a bread pan with bread recipes for his birthday. As you may know I’m not good with flour but even I can’t mess up the bread. It’s that easy!
So I’m making chicken, noodle and lentil soup with beer bread. Still as sick as I am, I still appreciate body in my soup and texture provided by this crispy, crusted, but fluffy inside bread.
For the chicken soup
What do you need? Serves 4
- Chicken- preferably still with bones for extra flavour. No need to defrost.
1/2 cup of black lentils
Handful of egg noodles
Spices- turmeric, bay leaves, salt, pepper
2 stock cubes
50 ml cream
in a big pot, throw in lentils, chicken, stock cubes, bay leaves and water. Remove the chicken in 10 min, it’s now defrosted and cut into cubes. You’ll add it in later.
Continue cooking the lentils for 30 min. When the lentils are cooked add the noodles and the now defrosted and cubed chicken, including the bones for flavour.
In 5 min, add cream and 1/2 tsp of turmeric for that bright colour that will sure cheer you up. Season with salt and pepper for taste and it’s done. Serve this with a sprinkle of fresh chopped coriander.
The beer bread
What do you need?
- 280g of sifted self raising flour
50g of white sugar
340 ml of beer- I’m using non- alcoholic today.
Butter or margarine- 50g
- Preheat the oven, at 180 degrees.
Add all the ingredients and mix well. Margarine the bread pan and pour in your mixture. Let this sit for 5 min to settle down. Then pop into the oven for 1 hour.
To have a crispier crust, add the butter/margarine on top of the mixture in the pan instead of within the mixture.
It’s that simple!
Now I’m going back to bed with my soup and bread, to continue watching TV and recuperate or until tomorrow morning when I need to get off my bum and go to work.
Obviously getting time off as a doctor is very unheard off, it’s believed we’re invincible.