TOMATO, YELLOW PEPPER AND CELERY SOUP

I made it watery but you might like to keep it chunky

Having had my second Covid 19 vaccination today, I fancied something nutritious to eat, followed by an afternoon with my feet up resting.  I didn’t have any side effects from the first vaccine, but that doesn’t mean I will escape this time.  So far, so good.

I didn’t know what to have for lunch.  We often eat our main meal at lunch time, but today is other half’s day at the office instead of working from home.  So I checked for any vegetables past their best in the fridge and popped them in the soup maker with a vegetable stock cube.

Ingredients

2 carrots, cleaned and chopped

2 celery sticks, cleaned and chopped

1 yellow pepper washed and chopped (discarding the pith and seeds).  Other colour peppers are fine.

1 clove of garlic (for healthy reasons)

2 cleaned spring onions (scallions)

2 soft tomatoes, washed and chopped

1 vegetable stock cube

2 cups of water or more according to taste

salt and pepper to taste

Lemon juice and crusty bread to serve

Pop all the ingredients (except the lemon and crusty bread) in the soup maker and set it for 21 minutes on blend.

Corona Virus is Scary but let’s not forget the common cold

There’s no cure for the common cold. However, kitchen cupboard remedies can prove very effective and comforting at easing symptoms.

Can lemons stop a cold in it’s tracks?

Mix the juice from half a lemon with an equal amount of warm water. Sniff it up the nostrils.

Long after a cold has gone, tickly dry coughs can bother us after the cold has gone. Fill a mug two thirds full with warm non skimmed milk. Put a knob of butter on the milk and allow to melt. Drink it slowly with the butter floating on the top.

Herbs to encourage sweating:

Make a spicy tea by adding a good pinch of ginger to hot water with a good pinch of cinnamon and cayenne. Brew for five minutes before drinking, wrap up well and go to bed.

Onions to clear the sinuses:-
Onions are wonderful infection fighters. They help loosen sticky mucus. Make an onion syrup by thinly slicing an onion. Put on a plate and lightly sprinkle with two spoons of honey. Cover with a plate and leave overnight. In the morning, drink 3 spoons of the syrup.

Sore throat?
Try sage and thyme. You can’t beat a sage or thyme gargle for curing a sore throat. Make an infusion by adding one heaped teaspoon of either herb to a cup of hot water and a dash of vinegar. Gargle two warm cups a day.

Garlic for chests:-

Garlic is particularly good for soothing chesty colds. Try it in savoury garlic soup. Gently fry five thinly sliced garlic cloves in olive oil until soft but not browned. Add five slices of cubed white bread and cook for another minute. Add a litre of chicken or vegetable stock, four chopped tomatoes and a pinch of thyme. Simmer for 15 minutes, then liquidise when a bit cooler. Reheat and serve.