Spicy Winter Warmer Soup
Vegetable stock with chilli and sweet ginger.
This delicious, simple to make soup is perfect for warming you up or thawing you out on a cold winter's day, or for making you feel better if you are under the weather.
Boiling the vegetables and using the stock retains their nutrients, the chilli and ginger are both warming, and useful for fighting cold and flu symptoms, boosting the immune system and helping to alleviate pain. And rice is not only rich in carbs and protein, but it also contains important amino acids and is low in fat.
The result is a soothing and healing concoction, (that tastes really good too!)
Ingredients - makes 4 portions
The following ingredients make up a very simple vegetable stock, but you can add other vegetables according to preference. Celery is a healthy and tasty addition, as are other root vegetables. Some people also like to add thyme, parsley, bay leaves, peppercorns or marjoram. The stock retains the healthy nutrients from all of the ingredients that you use - it's just pure, concentrated nutrition!
2 litres/3.5 pints water
1 medium onion
200 grams/7 ounces fresh or frozen carrots
1/2 head of garlic
2 or 3 dried chillis, chopped up small
4 balls stem ginger (the kind that comes in sugar syrup), chopped into small cubes
6 teaspoons stem ginger syrup (from the stem ginger jar)
50 grams/2 ounces uncooked rice per person
Roughly chop up all the vegetables, and make your vegetable stock, by either boiling them up in the water, or steaming (with the vegetables in the upper pan and the water in the lower pan). Bring to the boil and then simmer for a further one and a half hours.
If you've boiled your ingredients in a pan, you'll then need to sieve out the vegetables, returning the stock to the saucepan. Next, add the chopped chillis, stem ginger and syrup and heat on a medium light for a further 10 minutes, trying not to let it boil. While you're doing this, cook your rice in a separate pan.
Put some rice and some soup into each bowl, relax and enjoy!