Cold-Busting Cuisine to Warm your Soul

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As we approach a new season, the cooler temperatures kick in and with it, an array of germy coughs and splutters! If you’re a magnet for the office cold or can’t escape the family flu, fear not, we’ve pulled together a selection of heart-warming recipes from around the world, which will revive you from the depths of sickness!

Moreish Moroccan tagine

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Tagines are part and parcel of a Moroccan daily diet. The clay pot provides a home for slow-cooked meat or vegetables within a spiced broth, often served with bread or couscous as a hearty meal. The amalgamation of garlic, ginger and turmeric, which have noted anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants, means that this delicious dish is the perfect winter warmer.

Spicy Thai red curry

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When travelling around Thailand, you’ll notice that Thai cuisine often features one or a number of the following ingredients: ginger, lemongrass, coconut milk, coriander and chillies. Many of these colourful and appetising ingredients provide qualities to food that help aid arthritis, heart conditions, fevers, digestion and boost immunity. Thai red curry ticks off most of these essential elements, and is both warming and delicious with a spicy kick. To increase its hearty potential, add fresh green vegetables like kale and broccoli, aubergine, sweet potato and mushrooms, creating a taste of Thailand that will see you through the colder months.

Healthy Japanese miso soup

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Japanese and Chinese miso has been around for centuries. Traditionally known for its health benefits and anti-aging qualities, miso is made from fermented soy beans and is an ideal solution for those looking for a quick and easy warm up. Combining the simple ingredients of stock, miso, spring onions and asparagus, check out Jamie Oliver’s easy to make recipe and keep illness at arm’s length.

Chinese chicken noodle soup for the soul

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The heritage of Chinese chicken soup has spanned generations, often passed down through the family as a both medicinal recipe and accompaniment to a larger meal. Many have heard of the phrase “chicken soup for the soul”, which derives from using chicken bone broth as a base for the soup. During the process of making the bone broth, all the goodness from the bones is extracted to help boost immunity. This recipe from smitten kitten shows you how.

Hearty British pie

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Ok, so the hearty British pie may not be as “medicinal” as some of the dishes above, but it is enriched with hearty goodness to see you through the cool breeze of winter. If you need to “feed a cold” then this mouth-watering pie recipe from the Hairy Bikers, served up with a side of mash and vitamin-enriched green vegetables, will be sure to warm the cockles.

French cure-all soup

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A clever French spin on the traditional chicken soup, this cold curing recipe from Around My French Table uses a wealth of garlic as the base ingredient for this winter warmer, whilst incorporating sage, bay leaves, thyme, chicken or vegetable broth, with egg yolks and parmesan to really keep those bugs at bay. Whether you’re feeling under the weather or are a bit of a French foodie, this recipe will delight any Francophile.

 

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