Flu medicine: Chicken, noodle and lentil soup with homemade beer bread

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.

Chicken/ noodle and lentil soup
Chicken/ noodle and lentil soup

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

Method

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

Method

  • 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.

Beer bread
Beer bread

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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.

Author: preciousgarnett

I'm a multi-faceted young woman. I'm a proud mom to a now 5 year old 😜. I'm a daughter, I'm a sister and a friend to a few people. I'm a medical doctor by profession, passionate about infectious disease, primary health care and public health. I live food, from thinking about it, cooking it to eating it. Health and Nutrition fanatic. I live by a few chants...: 1. Before I do anything whether related to food or not, I ask myself ' Is it worth the calories?' Whether literally or figuratively( i.e. Is the decision worth the stress, effort, investment) 2. What you put in must come out! If you don't let it out, it settles on your tummy and hips. 3. 'Everything happens for a reason'. I try reflect on situations I find myself in, whether by choice or not. And look for Lessons I'm meant to learn from them, in order to grow.

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