The natural healing power of food #comfortSoup #HoneyBomb
[NUTRIgastronomie] It’s been a week I’ve been fueling myself with paracetamol and syrup. One week that I have been coughing in movie theaters and one week that I perfume myself with.. dragon balm!.. Can’t take it anymore, this calls for emergency call, emergency rush in my kitchen!
Chao Vit, the healing soup : First I cook some chao: it’s the Vietnamese equivalent of Chinese congee. No need to be sick to have some, but if you’re sick then traditionnally you will opt for this nourishing but light food. When I was a child my mom would serve it with some very salty scrambled egg. Today I am sharing the recipe of a North Vietnamese traditional soup. The taste is between a risotto and duck pot au feu. It comes with a ginger and lime sauce in which you dip the duck slices. Ginger is a natural antiseptic that warms and dries up your body. To boost the immunity and taste, I also added to the broth a handful of shitakés and goji berries (most powerful antioxydant food) .
Recipe for 4, 15′ of preparation, 1:00-1:30 of cooking
Ingredients: 1 duck breast, 1 onion, 2 stalks of celeriac, salt, pepper and cilantro seeds, 1 handful of goji berries and dried shitakes (optional), 2 cups of rice
To serve : fish sauce, ginger, sugar, lime, chili, chives and cilantro
1- Cook the duck in 1.5 liter of water in which you will add the celeriac, onion, pepper, cilantro, ginger, salt, goji and shitakes. After 30′ retrieve the meat, slice it and set aside.
2- Rince the rice and add it to the broth. Let it simmer for 1-1h30 according to the texture you like. The rice flakes should be very tender and kind of open like small flowers.
3- Prepare the sauce: grate the ginger, add half a lime juice and nuoc mam sauce (prepared with sugar, chili, garlic and water).
4- Spread some fresh chives and cilantro and serve piping hot! enjoy!
Should you want a vegan version, very easy, replace the duck by 3 handful of mushrooms. Now is the full season, so you can play with combinations of them. The dish could be enough in itself. But I added some salad with cabbage, mint and daikon..
The drink to kill germs : I spent the week drinking orange-carotts-ginger juice.. But I decided to increase the dose to reinforce immunity, with an incredibly efficient recipe inspired from the Green Kitchen Stories honey bomb. I mixed in some water some fresh curcuma (turmeric) . You can use dried curcuma but for the healing benefits as well as aromas, I will advise you to try to get some fresh one. It is now pretty easy to find in oriental stores, and it can be kept in the fridge for quite a while. I also added a big piece of ginger (5 cm long ), 1 lime juice, 3 ss of honey (go organic if you can) . Don’t forget the pepper that will boost the assimilation of curcuma benefits.
You can dilute this in hot water, in tea, in orange juice (what I did this morning). I must admit that I’m quite surprised by the healing power of this magical potion. More efficient in one night than one week of medication!..
Now you should be ready to deal with all the elevator and subway germs!
Have a good week everyone !