Ort, I didn't think anyone outside of these parts had heard
of blenheim ginger ale..I heard a couple of brothers had it,
would make up a batch, and then get drunk until the money ran out,
then make another batch! I think they got bought out years ago though.
Anyway, back to soups...
easiest...Campbells tomato or chicken noodle loaded with as much pepper
as you can possible stand....serve hot and keep your face over the bowl
while you eat....breath the steam.
also, as many have stated, hot and sour soup, delivered by many Chinese
now...I've done a lot of reading on this over the years, and yes I got a cold
bought one whole cut up chicken and a pack of thighs...covered with waters and
simmered for 4 hours...in another stock pot, threw in a bunch of carrots with tops,
stalk of celery, and bag of quartered onions, and a minimum of 10 cloves of garlic,
I like more.
Garlic has antibiotic and antiviral activities. It's also an expectorant, so it helps you cough up stubborn bacteria that are languishing in your lungs. Onion, another common ingredient in chicken soup and a close relative of garlic, also has antiviral properties.
If you have peas, they are good source of zinc, add em, I didn't have any this time.
Other ingrediants that will help a lot are ****ake mushrooms...I don't make stock with those
but add at the end for soup..parsley and parsnip.
once the chicken stock has finished, let it cool, strain and remove as much
meat as possible. Reserve the meat. Split the stock into 2 large containers.
Strain the vegetable stock and keep as much onion, carrot and other large vegetables
as possible for the soup. Split the stock into the 2 large containers with the
Add the meat and veggies into one pot...this is your soup...do what you want to flavor it.
I'm more concerned with the other stock, just stock. Start adding black and cayenne
pepper to it, heat, add half a stick of butter (maybe more if you're dealing with
over a gallon of stock, and I was), flavor with some wooschestershire sauce, sage and
thyme, and reduce it slightly. This is your drink for the next few days.
Keep a pot on the stove and pour it into a coffee cup. Drink it all day long.
It soothes the throat, opens the nasal passages, doesn't upset your stomach,
gives you vitamins and nutrients you need. Now I add hot sauce and extra pepper
to the point where most people couldn't drink it, but remember when you're sick,
you can't taste as much....get as much as you can in there and sip it, keeping it
hot....put it in the microwave if needed.
I am not a doctor or anything like that, and there is no cure for the common cold,
but this is easy, and works wonders for me with the symptoms.