The first soup Carrot, Orange and Ginger will warm the cockles in these fresh but chilly days, perfect for lunch with a slice of brown bread before heading out for a lunchtime stroll. The second soup is a Garlic Soup with more of a medicinal quality. This is ideal when you feel the start of a head cold coming on, drink this three times a day to quicken its course!!
Carrot, Orange and Ginger
This is a lovely change from the usual carrot and coriander soup that I make in summer and autumn. The ginger and orange give it a zest and sweetness that work really well with the carrot.
1lb fresh carrots (organic is possible) – sliced thinly (peeled if not organic)
1 medium onion – chopped finely
2 cups of water, vegetable or chicken stock (low sodium option)
1 bay leaf
Fresh ginger (2inch by 2inch) – grated
6 garlic cloves – peeled and chopped
2 large oranges – grate skin and squeeze
Bunch of fresh parsley
Salt and pepper to taste
Sour cream or plain yogurt
3 tablespoons of vegetable oil
Heat the oil in a large saucepan over a medium heat then add the chopped carrots, sliced onions and garlic, grated ginger. Cook for about 8 mins until the onions are starting to go brown. Grate the skin of the oranges and squeeze to get 3/4 cup of juice. Set aside the juice, added ¾ of the grated zest, the water or stock and a bay leaf to the saucepan. Bring all of the contents to the boil. Reduce heat and cook over a medium heat for about 20mins or until the carrots are tender. Leave to cool and blend together. Add the orange juice and season with salt and pepper. Garnish each soup with a dollop of plain yogurt or sour cream, chopped up parsley and some grated orange. Yum. And there you have it your winter warmer. Enjoy!!
From a Chinese medical perspective garlic is warm and pungent, which are the two energetics needed by the body to expel any invasions of cold affecting the lungs. Garlic also promotes the circulation of blood and qi in the body. The onion family in general are pungent and warm, therefore a garlic spring onion and ginger (hot energetic) tea works wonders to rid the body of a cold!!! Ideally have a cup before going to bed, then wrap up warm this will promote sweating which is needed to rid the body of the toxins!! Anyway here’s the soup….
6 Bulbs of garlic – chopped
1 onion – chopped
1 tablespoon oil
½ tablespoon toasted sesame oil
4 cups of water
1 potato – cut in cubes
3 bay leaves
½ teaspoon thyme or a few sprigs from the garden
¼ teaspoon oregano
Heat the garlic and onions with the oil on a very low heat for about 20mins. Add the water, thyme, potato, and bay leaves to the pot. Bring to the boil and simmer until the potato is cooked. Sprinkle cayenne to serve with croutons made with olive oil and garlic. This should be taken three times a day when you have the following symptoms: Aversion to cold, sneezing, feeling shivery, runny nose, body aches, and tiredness.
Another great food for the lungs are pears. They are great as a desert and tasty too!! Poach the pears in their skins (skins contain most of the nutrient’s) until tender. Serve with a little brown sugar and cinnamon!!