Saturday, December 06, 2008

Healing Asian Soup with Ginger, served with a Big Hug for Barbara

Asian Soup with GingerBarbara from Winos and Foodies is one of those wonderfully genuine and positive people that everyone loves, even those of us who live halfway around the world and can only enjoy her spirit through the miracle of the internet. Recently Barbara courageously shared the news that the cancer she's battled since 2004 has returned. She's now undergoing another round of chemotherapy, so Ilva from Lucullian Delights and Bron from Bron Marshall have organized a giant virtual hug for Barbara to let her know how much healing energy is being sent her way. This healing soup is something I'd gladly make for Barbara if I could, so I'm sending her the recipe with all my love and best wishes.

I wanted to create a recipe that would be soothing for Barbara, and even though it's summer in Australia, nothing sounded more healing to me than soup with lots of ginger to soothe the tummy. You can change the rest of this recipe any way you wish, but don't skip the step of simmering the thick slices of ginger root in chicken stock.

For a clear soup, strain the chicken broth after you've simmered the ginger. (You can skip this step, but definitely the soup will be prettier and more appetizing if it's strained. A coffee filter works well if you don't have a yogurt strainer like the one I used above.)

Once you've infused the chicken stock with ginger and then strained it, add mushrooms, and cook one minute, then spinach and cook one minute more. Then add just the slightest bit of green onion for another few seconds. This is a soup that's healing, soothing, and easy to make.

Healing Asian Soup with Ginger
(Makes 4 small servings, recipe created by Kalyn with inspiration from several Asian cookbooks.)

Ingredients:
4 cups homemade chicken stock (canned low-sodium chicken broth would work too)
3-4 thick slices fresh ginger root
1 cup sliced mushrooms (any type, but I used mild white mushrooms which seem more soothing for the tummy)
1 cup spinach leaves, sliced into thin ribbons
1 green onion, very thinly sliced

Instructions:
In medium saucepan, bring chicken stock to a low simmer. Add ginger slices and let simmer at least 15 minutes or longer. (Taste to see if you have as much ginger flavor as you'd like.) If you'd like a clear soup, use a yogurt strainer or coffee filter to strain the ginger-infused chicken stock, then rinse pan and put strained stock back into pan. Add a small amount of water if the stock has reduced very much.

While ginger simmers in stock, wash and slice mushrooms and thinly slice spinach leaves. Clean green onion and slice into very thin slices. Bring infused stock back to a low simmer, then add mushrooms and simmer 1 minute. Add sliced spinach and simmer one minute more. Turn off heat and add green onions, then serve soup hot, with chopsticks to eat the veggies after you drink the broth.

You can find links to more loving thoughts for Barbara at Lucullian Delights and Bron Marshall. And of course, Barbara has responded with her customary charm.


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32 comments:

  1. Kalyn this is so lovely. Thank you. It is just the sort of think I've been craving and sending Bryan out to the Thai restaurant every day around lunch time. I think I could make this myself about plus day 12 after treatment when I find I have a little more energy. Big hugs back at you.

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  2. I've been on the road for most of the last three weeks and I really, really need to start cooking again in my kitchen. This seems like a great meal to start with, especially with the way I've been eating lately. Do you think it would be good with crab broth? I have a bunch of homemade crab broth and I'm looking for good uses and think this might be one.

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  3. That looks so fresh and inviting Kalyn, a truly lovely 'hug' indeed!
    Thank you so much and let me send many hugs for you too!

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  4. Oh! How very soothing, indeed. This looks like the perfect soup. I know Barbara will love this soup and so do I. ;-)

    Paz

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  5. You've created a beautiful soup for a lovely and courageous person I'm sad to say I'm just getting to know through this Virtual Hug. You're a good person, Kalyn.

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  6. This soup is good for the body and the soul!

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  7. Thanks Kalyn, I must try this myself!

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  8. My e-mail doesn't seem to be working right, so most of these comments didn't show up there. I'm sorry if I'm slow to respond due to that.

    Barbara, so glad you liked it, and I can't tell you how much I am loving seeing all the other hugs for you.

    Jamie, I think crab broth would be great in this. Really, the variations are endless.

    Bron, Paz, Tanna, Christine, Nate-Annie, and Ilva, hugs to all of you guys! Isn't this just the best part of blogging, feeling connected in this way.

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  9. What a nice thing to do...Barbara is in my thoughts/prayers. I agree with you that blogging is such a nice way to stay connected with others and an easy way to do acts of kindness that you might not normally be able to without the internet.

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  10. Oh, this is a fabulous soup. i love the ginger infusion. Not to mention that this post is so warm.Barbara has got to be a really lovely lady with all those beautiful posts.

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  11. I love clear soup like this. Kalyn, for some reason, almost 2 months, my browser goes so slowly when I come to your blog. I am not sure where it comes from. Today, I try to open it from the link on my blogroll, it works! Just as well it is a click away from a miracle just to happen for Barbara :) hugs.

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  12. Maris, this is one of the best parts of blogging in my opinion.

    Arfi, thanks for telling me. I don't know what's going on because I use Webwait.com and check and my blog always seems fine there. I'm going to remember to check back with you and see if it is still a problem. I do hope you're right that it's a good omen!

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  13. Maris, this is one of the best parts of blogging in my opinion.

    Arfi, thanks for telling me. I don't know what's going on because I use Webwait.com and check and my blog always seems fine there. I'm going to remember to check back with you and see if it is still a problem. I do hope you're right that it's a good omen!

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  14. Ginger-infused chicken broth sounds perfect. A lovely and healthy soup you have there. Great hug! xxoo

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  15. Sounds like the perfect soup to make as an antidote to all the holiday foods.

    Very nice of you all to create a virtual hug =)

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  16. Very sweet post and very healthy soup.

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  17. This looks wonderful to me. I am definitely putting it on my must try list. I love soups !

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  18. Hi Kalyn. We used your Healing Soup recipe in a post on our own blog about the natural benefits of Ginger, and would love it if you stopped by to check it out: http://www.swisswater.com/blog/?p=25

    Thanks again!

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  19. Swiss Water, tried to leave a comment on your post but I couldn't get the CAPTCHA to work. Great post about ginger.

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  20. Hi,

    Thanks for sharing the link - but unfortunately it seems to be down? Does anybody here at kalynskitchen.blogspot.com have a mirror or another source?


    Thanks,
    Harry

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  21. Not sure what link you are referring to?

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  22. Hey - I am certainly happy to find this. cool job!

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  23. Hey - I am definitely delighted to discover this. Good job!

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  24. Hey - I am definitely delighted to discover this. great job!

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  25. I wanted to thank you for this great read!! I definitely enjoying every little bit of it I have you bookmarked to check out new stuff you post

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  26. I came accross your blog while searching for dishes I can make with fresh ginger to help battle my partners flared up Gastritis. After 4 weeks of not keeping food down I am excited to give this infusion a try! Kalyn, your amazing and helping more people than you set out to which is a miracle to itself.

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  27. Greg, thank you and I really hope the soup will help.

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  28. I made this for my vegan gf so I used a veggie broth instead. I also added a few thai chilis (I'm addicted to heat!), a little bit of tofu and some cilantro for garnish and it was very good. Thank you for the recipe!

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