We’ve reached that time of year when colds and cases of flu are attacking us from every corner. I hate being ill. After one day of being in bed, I’m bored and ready to get back to work and normality. I recently had a pretty bad cold and wanted to get over it as soon as I could. Inspired by when I was younger, I decided to adapt a soup my mum used to make me whenever I got sick. My mum got the recipe from a BBC Programme called “Grow your Own Drugs” for Chicken and Gojiberry Soup. The original recipe uses chicken so decided to use mock chicken pieces but you could easily swap this for tofu or extra mushrooms. The original recipe also uses echinacea root but I found this incredibly difficult to find in supermarkets so I go without. If you can find it, it would make a great addition!
200g Chicken substitute (or tofu or extra mushrooms!)
80g Dried goji berries
2 Large handfuls of mushrooms (original recipe calls for shiitake but I used chestnut)
1 Large onion
2tsp Garlic Paste
1tsp Ginger Paste
These measurements make 3-4 generous portions when served with noodles.
I also served mine with fresh spring onion on top however this isn’t necessary unless you would like to try it!
Firstly begin soaking your goji berries in boiling water. This will help soften the berries and rehydrate them before adding them to the soup. Next, slice your onion into thin thin slices and add to a large saucepan. Fry the onion off on medium heat with whatever oil you have on hand (I like to use one with less flavour such as sunflower oil). Slice your mushrooms and add these to the saucepan along with the chicken substitute when the onions begin to soften.
Once everything is cooked, add your garlic and ginger paste and fry for a further 30 seconds just so it is no longer raw. It will continue to cook once we make the broth. After this, add enough boiling water until you get your desired broth consistency – remember you will also have to get noodles in there. Add 2-3tsp of vegetable stock powder or follow the instructions on the back of your vegetable stock packet. Allow this to boil for at least 10 minutes so that all the flavours come together. A few minutes before it is ready, add your goji berries and prepare whatever noodles you desire. Serve on top of the noodles and enjoy!
This soup has brought me great comfort on days where I really haven’t felt myself and I hope it does for you too. Being ill sucks but I’m sure this soup will make you feel better in no time! As always have a joyful and delicious time and make sure to look after yourselves.