On my way out from work, I got a call that Plum was not feeling well. I drove like a mad woman and hurried in to school. “Mommy!” Plum called out and ran to me. We checked with a thermometer. Indeed, she was running a low grade fever.
I had planned on having pizza tonight, but that won’t do if I wanted to nip this cold in the bud. Here is my all-time-favorite cold remedy, if you would like to know: hot bath, hot noodle soup, hot ginger tea, and early bed time. I usually prefer to make my own bone broth to ward off cold. Unfortuantely, at the momemnt, all Plum wanted to do was to crawl into bed and go to sleep, so I needed to make this noodle soup pronto. There was no time for the slow simmering nutritious goodness tonight. In fact, there was not even time to go to the grocery store!
I looked into our pantry and found a box of chicken broth. Yes! I rummaged through our fridge and found a stalk of celery (when did we buy this?), an old red onion, half a knob of a ginger and some dry Japanease udon noodles.
While little Plum took her hot bath, I worked my magic broth in the kitchen.
Sick Day Noodle Soup
Makes 2 servings
- 1 box (32 fl oz) of organic, low-sodium free-range chicken broth
- 3 slices of fresh-ish ginger
- 1 onion, julienned
- 1 stalk of celery, sliced in half length-wise, and cut in to 2″ pieces
- Soy-based soup base
- Noodles, of any kind
- 1 cup of fresh green leaves, whatever you can find in your fridge
- a handful of fresh basil, coarsely chopped
- Boil chicken broth with all ingredients except noodles and fresh greens (in my case, I found fresh spinach)
- Put in noodles once soup is boiling. I usually prefer to boil my noodles in a separate pot. Today, we had a lot of dishes in the sink and no clean pot, so everything would be in one pot.
- Season with soy-based soup base to taste
- Throw in the fresh green leaves once the noodles are done. Turn off the stove
- Ladle noodle soup into bowls as shown in the picture above
- Garnish with fresh basil
- Watch adoringly as your sick loved ones slurp and slurp your not-so-labor of love
My usual slow goodness chicken broth:
After Plum came out of her bath, she happily slurped down two bowls of her make-do noodle soup, brushed her teeth, and went to sleep.
I am keeping my fingers crossed that I don’t have to call in for a sick day tomorrow.