I am not too sure about the West but in Asian countries, nutritious, tonic soup is a very important part of the diet. My mom used to make for us very often. It’s mainly chicken (or other meat) soup with Chinese herbs. However, I must say that I don’t make as often as my mom did. I do make soup very frequently but only occasionally with Chinese herbs. I love my soup with a lot of vegetables or wine.
Making soup is actually very easy. For me, the easiest meal is one with a delicious soup. Just add some vegetables and it’s a very balanced, healthy meal. My family likes it with rice or noodles.
We all know that chicken these days are fed with lots of antibiotics and other stuff to their feed to keep them from diseases and also to help them grow faster. To avoid that, it’s advisable to go for free range, organic chicken or those birds that run in the wild. Pheasants is one of them. I often buy them from Sainsbury, priced at £5 each.
Pheasants, especially the male ones are actually very attractive. I happened to see a pair of them at quite a close range recently. My friend managed to get a good picture of it (picture here).
This past week I have been feeling very tired. I think I have been trying to do too much thing within a short period of time. Finally I decided to take a nap in the afternoon and also more nutritious food. It did help. Very glad that I am feeling fresh and energised once again.
The other day, I cooked ginger wine and white wine with it. This is what my mom would suggest if we are feeling stressed and tired. It was VERY delicious! Actually you don’t need a fixed recipe for this soup. Just add as much or as little as you like. I like to use Stone’s Ginger Wine. It’s very delicious. You can even drink it as it is. It is very warming for cold weather. You can get this wine in supermarkets like Asda.
3 medium potatoes
4 stalks celery
2 big onions
1 knob ginger
1 whole garlic
1/2 bottle Stone’s ginger wine
1C white wine
light soya sauce (to taste)
Cut up the pheasant into big chunks. My mom taught us to cut through the joints. It doesn’t take much effort. All you need is a sharp cleaver.
Cut into smaller pieces if you want. In fact if you are lazy, you can just dump the whole pheasant into the pot. There may be some small feathers. You can easily remove them.
Clean, peel and cut up all the vegetables and add to the pot. The vegetables give it added sweetness and nutrients. I like to use Scotty Brand carrots and potatoes. They taste very good. You can get them in all major supermarkets.
Add the ginger wine and the white wine to the pot. Add some water too. Let it boil for about 20 minutes. Turn off the fire and let it sit for about 30 minutes. Add soya sauce to season. Serve hot. You can cook it longer but then the meat will be softer if you like it that way. Make your favourite dipping sauce to go with the meat. We just like it with some light soya sauce and chilli oil.
Hope you are taking good care of your health…enough rest and healthy food. Of course, keep smiling, too!….*big smiles*
Quote of the day……
“Self-disciplined begins with the mastery of your thoughts. If you don’t control what you think, you can’t control what you do. Simply, self-discipline enables you to think first and act afterward.”
- Napolean Hill