20 May 2013

Garlic soup

I love garlic. When a recipe calls for two garlic cloves, I will put in another.

Roasting my vegetables cannot be done without at least five to six garlic cloves thrown in and they are the first things I eat once the roast is pulled from the oven. I especially love garlic as a remedy.

Last week was full of deadlines and I could feel my body start to stumble. Slight headaches, aching ears and the runny nose. Usually at this stage I would cut up 2 garlic cloves, toast them slightly and consume. I would do this every day until those symptoms went away. And then I would not get sick. Crisis averted

But this time I focused too much on those deadlines and forgot what my body was saying. I pushed those little signs to the side. When the week came to an end and I started to relax - I got sick. Bed ridden for the weekend, watching Nicholas Sparks movies.

During this time I turned to my old friend garlic soup to help me through and get me right for Monday morning. I first had garlic soup in the Czech Republic. I love trying new foods and garlic soup was definitely one I had never tried. It is simple and nourishing.


Ingredients
8 cups chicken or beef stock
6-8 cloves of garlic
2 medium potatoes
peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces
1-2 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon marjoram
1 teaspoon caraway seeds
2 tablespoons parsley.

How to put it together 
I cut the garlic fine (you can use a garlic press) and mixed with salt. Add garlic and salt to a warm large pot adding the broth and bring to boil. Do this slowly. Once the broth, garlic and salt is at boiling point reduce the heat and let simmer. Add your butter, potatoes, caraway seeds, marjoram and pepper. Cook until potatoes are ready to eat.

And that is it. You have made garlic soup. Once you have served it up in a bowl, add your parsley.

Optional Czech extras: Those Czechoslovakians love fried bread. Before serving your soup, fry some lovely dense brown bread in butter and put the fried bread into the bottom of the bowl you are serving the soup in. Then pour the soup over the top. Yum!
  1. Hmmm interesting :) I do like my garlic...shall try this since its winter now and everyone seems to be getting sick. And right at this moment, I am battling an ear infection. Will be making an appointment with a Naturopathic doctor soon but in the meantime....this garlic soup sounds like something I need to try :) Thanks Erin!

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    1. I hope you like it :) It's a favorite of mine. Hope you feel better soon.

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