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Aug 29, 2007 08:32 PM

Good Recipe for Sick Hubby

My DH has a terrible cold. I wish there was something I could do to make him feel better. Chicken soup didn't help. Any other suggestions?

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    1. Campbell's Pepper Pot, odd but true. With crackers of course. Jello (cherry w/mandarin oranges) as last resort, it works, I swear!

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        1. An alternative to chicken noodle soup could be chicken congee.

          Boil chicken backs and necks and wings odd bits with some ginger, a few cloves and peppercorns and a couple shoots of cilantro for a stock. Be sure to skim the water before you add the seasonings cuz u need a clear stock. Strain the stock. Allow bones to cool and pick off the meat. Meanwhile, boil the stock and throw in some cooked rice and allow it to turn to mush. When it is done it should look like a thin porridge. Add in the chicken meat that u picked off of the bones. Season to taste with salt, a few drops of soy sauce (but not enough to discolor the yellowish white soup), a few drops of fish sauce, and then garnish hubby's bowl with chopped green onions and if you like some form of chili like chopped green chili, red chili flakes, or red chili sauce.

          This always makes me feel way better when I am sick. If the picking the meat off of the bones thing sounds to weird, you could use chicken thighs, and add the rice and seasonings together once you've skimmed the stock initially. I think that is the authentic way to make it, but I find taking the bones out easier.

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          1. re: luckyfatima

            I agree! I serve mine with steamed white rice and add spinach and a little lemon juice. The ginger is the key here. I always add a lot of it and because it is a little spicy I omit black pepper.

            1. re: luckyfatima

              Congee, also known as Jook, is really really good when you are sick. Mild enough to be able to eat without upsetting a sensitive stomach, substantial enough to let you know you have some food in you.

              1. re: KaimukiMan

                And Lugaw is the filipino congee. My mom makes it with just lots of chicken thigh meat, rice, soy sauce, ginger and patis. We pour our own lemon or calamansi juice on the top and a little bit more soy sauce to taste.

            2. I always love hot, brothy liquids when I have a addition to chicken soup, I always have Ginger Tea on hand, which is more for stomach problems but I love it when I have a cold, too. Traditional Medicinals makes it but you could certainly make it from fresh ginger too...the TM kind is almost peppery, it's got a bite to it.