Neurotransmitter Spill (rebirthoxide) wrote in vegancooking,
Neurotransmitter Spill

rebirthoxide's cold defense soup

I've always had a love/hate relationship with getting sick. In the past, getting sick usually meant a day away from school. This scenario plays through, even today, as I have taken leave of work to recover. I suspect, however, that the externalities of getting sick are not the source of my enjoyment. When I'm sick, I can literally *feel* my immune system endorphin rush of sorts...when I'm feverish, I feel as if my body is leeching all toxins out of me through my pores. Call me odd, but I really enjoy it. I rarely get sick (once a year) and so i try to enjoy my "vacation from health" as much as possible.

Alas, even I sometimes desire relief from being host to another organism. Cold medicine, however, is simply not an option for me. (or any self respecting vegan who knows how to cook) In this case I have a particular soup recipe that I like to prepare that really does the trick. Also good for hangovers. It's a recipe heavily adapted from "Please Don't Feed the Bears" (best vegan cookbook ever!)

The recipe (makes a whole pot worth)

You'll need:

a big pot
a blender
a big bowl

The goods:

1 box veggie broth (or a qt of water)
At least 1 head of garlic. Peeled, whole cloves.
2 small white onions, quartered
1 bunch flat leaf parsley
1 bunch cilantro
1 bunch basil
1 bunch mint
1-2 lemons (i use limes)

red pepper flakes
curry (or anything that adds a flavor you like.)

Simple stuff. Quarter your onions and toss em in the pot. Throughly wash all greenery. Pluck off all mint leaves from stems and drop in pot. Same goes for the basil. The cilantro and parsley can be coarsely chopped before tossing in. Once it's peeled all the garlic can go in too. You'll want to add the pepper flakes and curry powder now. Make it spicy, but don't overdo it. If you're unsure, start with 1/2 tsp of red pepper. The broth goes in last. The liquid probably will not gover the greens, which is fine since the heat will wilt everything down. Quickly bring that sucker to a boil, then cover and simmer for 15-30 min. everything should be soft. Turn off the heat and let the soup cool off for 5 min or so.

You'll want to blend it in 2 batches (unless you have a massive blender), so keep that large bowl handy to dump the blended soup into. Make sure to blend it very well! Rinse off your pot and dump the blended soup back into the pot and warm it up. This is when you'll want to do some taste testing. Cut one lemon/lime in half and squeeze the juice into the soup. Follow with a bit of salt. Stir. Taste. Adjust. you know the drill.

I try to go 12 hours or longer eating only this soup and tea/water. Works like a charm. I make it spicy as hell though. You should too. :D
Tags: -health-colds/flu, soups (uncategorizable)
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