Strangely, on the day of the surgery I was calm. Surprising, because I thought I would be a nervous wreck. Now I’ll spare you the gory details but what I will share with you is that – it was so bad. Really, it wasn’t. Of course it hurt a bit but my post-surgery was a breeze. None of that dreaded swelling or pain that makes you cringe. Thank God! Today was the day I got my stitches out. So I thought I’ll share with you a recipe of something that I’ve been having a lot in the past couple of days.
Clear soup is something that, according to me, has magical properties. A bowl of this and it can drive your cold away, keep you warm, chase that fever and generally make the world seem a better place. I love adding a lot of lemon and garlic to my soup along with a handful of fresh herbs. This is the reason why I don’t need to use preservative-loaded stock cubes. Since I load the soup with veggies and, often, mushrooms it makes for a nourishing one-pot meal. Try this one, I’m sure it will be a favourite soon.
Clear vegetable soup
1 litre of water
2 cloves of garlic
1/2 inch of ginger, grated
2 pieces of lemongrass stalks, 1-inch each, slightly bruised
1 small onion, peeled and chopped
1 medium-sized carrot, peeled and sliced
4-5 button mushrooms, chopped
1/4 cup of cabbage, chopped
1/2 cup of broccoli florets, chopped
A handful of coriander leaves, chopped
1/2 tsp of soya sauce
1 tsp of lemon juice
1/2 tsp of freshly grounded black peppercorns
Salt to taste
Take a large bowl and pour the water into it. Please this on medium heat and add the aromatics now – garlic, ginger, lemongrass.
When the water begins to boil gently add the onion, carrot and cabbage. Once this has been bubbling away for about 4-5 minutes add the broccoli and mushrooms. Bring the heat down and let it simmer some more.
Now add the salt and soya sauce and cook for about 2-3 minutes more. Turn off the flame, finish with the lemon juice, freshly ground pepper and coriander leaves. Serve hot.
*You can place some noodles at the bottom of the bowl and then pour the soup over this for some Clear Noodle Soup. Slurp away!
*If you have a cold then, I would highly recommend you add some bits of chicken to this. Trust me, the cold will be gone soon
*To change things up a little bit, add some fresh mint or basil, you can even add some chives or some thyme to this. In case you’re one of those who likes a bit of heat then feel free to add some chopped green chillies. But do this right at the end otherwise the soup becomes too spicy!