How to Kill a London Cold

Ok, so there’s no cure for the London cold. I’ve been disillusioned by cold suppressants for some time now, so I decided to try an old folk remedy — homemade chicken noodle soup. I know, I know, how could something as simple as soup help relieve devastating symptoms of London cold viruses. After all, there probably exists one variant of the London cold virus for every person living in London. A depressing thought I know, but there’s light at the end of the soup bowl, really. While chicken soup doesn’t have any anti-viral properties that I’m aware of, it does assist in relieving symptoms until the cold has been vanquished by your immune system. It accomplishes what most of those cold suppressants you see advertised on the Tube can’t do. Modify this recipe as you see fit, but I must insist on the chicken stock (and the garlic!), it’s not so hard to make really, you just boil chicken. For vegetarians or vegans, go with a vegetable stock by adding more veggies of your choice. Give it a go. I used mostly organic vegetables for this one, primarily for flavour and nutrition content. Even the worst of cooks can make a decent soup with a little practice. Enjoy it!

BreTT’s Kick London Cold’s Arse Chicken Noodle Soup

6-8 small potatos
3-4 carrots
2 cups rotini noodles
1 head of garlic (chopped fine)
1 onion (chopped and sauteed in oil)
1.5 cup lentils
2 chicken legs attached to thigh
Sunflower oil

Sautee onion in oil for 3-4 minutes in large pot, add 5 cloves of garlic to onion, sautee until onions are good and carmelised. Add enough water for a large pot of soup (use your own discretion, remember: the less water the thicker the broth). Bring to boil. Add carrots and potatoes. Add chicken. Remove excess fat floating on top if desired (I usually let it absorb into broth) and continue to let boil. After thoroughly cooked (broth appears golden or yellow), remove chicken, cut it up and then add back to soup. Add lentils. Once everything appears well-cooked add remaining garlic. Add noodles. Add salt and pepper to taste or other spices you see fit. Let simmer until noodles are well cooked. Perfect with a nice crusty loaf of bread.

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