My friend Hadas is pregnant with her second child and is about to give birth in a few days. Unfortunately, she became sick because of the cold weather. Since some medications can be dangerous during pregnancy, I offered to prepare chicken noodle soup with healing spices used in traditional Chinese medicine, such as turmeric, ginger, onion and red chiles.
My way of making the broth flavorful is to first sauté small pieces of chicken with garlic and red chiles, then deglaze the bits fromt he bottom of the pot with liquid to capture as much flavor as possible. I also added common vegetables (celery and carrots) to complete the soup. Hadas confirmed the soup helped soothe her sore throat.
I also want to thank all of you who stopped by this weekend during my booksigning event at Barnes & Noble Eastridge Mall in San Jose. I had such a blast. Happy holidays!