Catch a Cold = Eat Chicken Soup

The cold weather and my working with kids brought me in contact with cold germs.

I am thinking feel better soup. Chicken soup is not only “good for the soul” it’s great for a cold.  Why am I making this claim, you ask?  Well, my former doctor in Holland informed me one day that the European doctors/scientists had done a study on the healing properties of chicken soup. The results showed it to be a good as an antibiotic. (Okay, call this hearsay because it wouldn’t stand up in a court of law.) Anyone knows that food does have healing goodness.  (Wait a minute! Let me check on this. Hey, I must be psychic!) Here’s a short article from The Irish Times News from today online about chicken soup as a cold and flu cure, if you want some proof:

Retrieved November 24, 2010.

It’s talking about having anti-inflammatory effects. Now I’ll slurp down the soup I just made.  I cheated with frozen left over soup base from my cooking 2 days ago.  Handy thing to have in the freezer for food emergencies when you are under the weather.  My taste preference is for the soup to be peppery!

Here’s a simple chicken soup recipe from All Recipes – Retrieved November 24, 2010.

Original Recipe Yield 10 servings


1 (3 pound) whole chicken

4 carrots, halved

4 stalks celery, halved

1 large onion, halved

Water to cover

Salt and pepper to taste

1 teaspoon chicken bouillon granules (optional)


Put the chicken, carrots, celery and onion in a large soup pot and cover with cold water. Heat and simmer, uncovered, until the chicken meat falls off of the bones (skim off foam every so often).

Take everything out of the pot. Strain the broth. Pick the meat off of the bones and chop the carrots, celery and onion. Season the broth with salt, pepper and chicken bouillon to taste, if desired. Return the chicken, carrots, celery and onion to the pot, stir together, and serve.

Nutritional Information

Amount Per Serving Calories: 152 | Total Fat: 8.9g | Cholesterol: 37mg

Sniff. Feel better soon.


About kunstkitchen

Visual artist and writer hunting words, languages, visions, and insight in my kitchen - connecting Art (Kunst) and culture and slow food cooking. Credits: Do not own a microwave oven and never have. Do not own a food processor. Chopped veggies in a Zen monastery for a weekend. (Seriously) Classically trained artist. Paint and draw with traditional materials. Live in the Northland where it's six months of winter. Appreciate the little things in life. Sharing food and art experiences and the lessons that my talented and generous friends have given me.
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