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Soup to clear your head?

I like messing about in the kitchen. I will start following a recipe, then I think I can improve this. Sometimes it does, sometimes it is less than successful. Today I tried a soup. I like spicy. For those who like something like mulligatawny, this might work. It started for as carrot and ginger, then morphed. This the result.

Spicy Vegetable Soup.


1 1/2 Tablespoons Olive Oil

Big pinch of Salt

Big pinch of Ground Black Pepper

Rounded teaspoon of Medium Curry powder

Rounded teaspoon of Ground Ginger (or equivalent of fresh, peeled and finely chopped)

1 Onion, finely chopped.

3 Garlic cloves, crushed or finely chopped

2 or 3 Large Carrots, Well washed, topped and tailed, skin on. Finely chopped.

1 Large Red Pepper, topped and chopped finely.

200 grams of dried split lentils.

1 pint of vegetable stock (2 stock cubes)

1 1/2 dessert spoons cornflour mixed in a little cold water.

1 teaspoon parsley

1 teaspoon basil

2 tablespoons of Tomato Ketchup.


Put the Olive Oil, Salt, Black Pepper, Curry Powder, and Ginger into a large saucepan and heat. Fry the spices gently for about 1 minute.

Add the Onion and Garlic, stir well to coat with the oil, cover and fry gently for a minute or two.

Add the Carrots, mix and fry for a further five minutes.

Next is the Red pepper, mix and fry for about a minute.

Now add the Lentils and stock, return to the boil an simmer for 30 minutes.

Still in the pan, use a blender until smooth.

Then add Ketchup, parsley and basil, and the cornflour. Stir until soup thickens a little.

Serve with a dallop of Philadephia Cheese, or cream or yoghurt, or be adventurous and try a lump of vanilla ice cream.

For those brave enough to try this, I hope you enjoy it.

It cleared my nose. Gently, I may add.

Breathe easy


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Yes, I think that will all work !.. sounds good thanx Johnwr I will make it today.


Proper little Gordon Ramsey aren't you?

I can't stand Gordon Ramsey. Too much ego and bad language!!!


Sounds a scrummy recipe but I need to consult my hiatus hernia! A god idea for anyone to circulate their favourite recipes.

Came upon something quite similar when setting out on carrot and chilli spicy soup the most obvious difference would be curry powder exchanged for some chopped chillies .

Bonus when it tastes good and does you good.

Not so long ago all the food had to be strong tasting giving up the smokes has changed that and now I can taste food without it having an explosive mixture in it. Do we eat what the body asks for without ever thinking about it, only a random thought.

Nice one John! Don't know if any of you have tried this one before - it is a favourite for people with sinus trouble and apparently with pulmonologists in the U.S. I had something similar last winter but left the lemon pepper out as wasn't sure what it is. Haven't done a direct link as not sure if we are allowed to link to foreign sites any more, so it's a paste job i'm afraid .......

"........ Pulmonary specialists have found that it actually helps clear the airways and reduce inflammation. But this spicy version is practically a wonder drug for head colds -- and it tastes amazing, especially if you love spicy food.

Devised by cold-and-cough expert Irwin Ziment, MD, who was chief of medicine at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center when he cooked it up, the soup gets much of its power from red pepper flakes. They contain capsaicin, known as a fast, effective decongestant. In addition, the hefty dose of garlic -- 30 cloves, although they cook down to produce a much milder, sweeter flavor than one would expect -- loads the soup with enough phytochemicals to give it infection-fighting powers.

Dr. Z recommends 1 cup three times a day, and inhaling the vapors is part of the prescription. Soon, you'll be breathing again.

Dr. Ziment's Garlic Chicken Soup

The spicier the soup, the better it will be at clearing your head, so be generous with the red pepper flakes -- just don't make the soup so hot you can't tolerate it.

2 quarts chicken broth

2 cups sliced carrots

2 garlic heads, about 30 cloves, peeled

1/4 cup minced parsley

1/4 cup minced cilantro

2 teaspoons lemon pepper

2 teaspoons minced fresh mint leaves

2 teaspoons dried basil, crushed, or 2 tablespoons fresh basil, minced

2 teaspoons curry powder

1 bay leaf

Dried hot red pepper flakes, to taste

Combine all ingredients in a stockpot; bring to a boil and simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes. Discard bay leaf. Puree in batches in a blender or food processor. Return to pot, stir well, warm if necessary, and serve, or freeze in small containers. "

Both these recipes sound so good and made me feel like a lazy lout having just scoffed a tin of tomato soup!

you are not alone lavender! I mostly live on microwave meals , but will be making up some batches for the freezer when my daughter comes home for xmas break - she is even cooking xmas dinner for me this year - and she is only 18. Today though, it was microwaved chicken casserole :)

Hi Parvati -lol -must admit a shortcut now and again is one of the advantages of being alone! Need to shape up though used to spend most of Saturday night making soup

for everybody for the Sunday, don't know if they would have noticed had it come out of a

can. Still appreciate the reminder that fresh ingredients are better for health. Have a great Xmas break with your daughter and tell her it was lovely no matter what, well thats what us mums do best!

Glass half full .... It will be lovely never doubt it :D

A lot of warming suggestions fro fellow suffers

thanks one and all

Wow John that does sound good! You making me hungry. I don't cook though - don't know how to and have no interest. I only microwave....Make me a batch up and send it to me please so I can try it Lol :)

Bev x

Santa will not want more soup being sent after the poem ha ha :D

there's a great deal of garlic in that 2nd recipe but my old GP, who was a big fan of hollistic medicines said that garlic helps 100+ ailments (but has to be fresh garlic not the stuff in the tub) so maybe thats the key, you'll feel freshened up but wont have too many friends unless you get them eating it all too so they cant smell it any more :)

I make something very similar to that,only I also add chicken wings,or some part of the chicken! I am a great believer in garlic,fresh that is, and use it a lot in my cooking.Added `with everything else,it doesen't leave an odour!!

I love cooking up soups and casseroles and pasta sauces,(find it relaxing)Theres only the 2 of us at home now, but there is always something in the freezer for when family etc.drop by.Other than that, if i'm not well, we could eat out of the freezer for a couple of weeks,at least.

Heres to a happy New Year to you and yours,

Wendells xxx

PS if I add the chicken, I leave out the lentils,and put in egg noodles in the last 10 mins of cooking!!

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