I think we all probably remember the time when we were young and under the weather, and Mom would make us chicken soup to help hasten our recovery.
As a matter of fact, tales of the recuperative powers of chicken soup go back a long time – it was prescribed as a cure for the common cold way back in ancient Egypt, and in the 12th century the Jewish doctor and philosopher Maimonides recommended chicken soup for people suffering from hemorrhoids and the early stages of leprosy.
Modern scientific research has also shown that the restorative powers of chicken soup are more than old-wives tales.
Whatever the historic and scientific background, however, nowadays chicken soup is recognized worldwide as a restorative comfort food. Known in Korea as Samgyetang, in Portugal as Canja and in Greece as avgolemono, you’ll find you can get delicious chicken soup versions wherever you go.
The recipe below is the ultimate and best chicken soup recipe I have
ever come across. My mother based it on the traditional Jewish recipe,
and it’s guaranteed to knock the socks off all Jewish grandmothers. (As
a matter of fact, if you're looking for a great Passover chicken soup
recipe, this will really do the trick).
I do agree, however, that this is not the ultimate camping recipe, because of the special ingredients involved. Please do not leave any of them out, as tempting as it may seem - they are what make this soup unique.
What I usually do is make it at home a few days before our trip, freeze, and then re-heat at our camp site. And if it's chicken noodle soup you prefer, then just prepare the noodles according to the recipe on the packet, or in the soup itself as you re-heat, and you’re set.
Here’s what you need:
Like I said, my Mom's best chicken soup recipe, and not complicated at all.
It's a great comfort food, and is traditional enough to be used on all Jewish holidays. So why not give it a try, I'm sure you'll love it too.