Pic by Oksana Kovach
I find that it's generally the middle of winter when my body begins to try to come down with a cold. There are certain tricks I will try to beat a cold with before it starts. I sprinkle cayenne pepper on my eggs in the morning, I up my Vitamin C & D intake, and I make my Mom's homemade winter veggie soup as much as possible.
Here is the recipe with her blessings!
One large Sweet Potato, cut in chunks
One large Onion, cut in chunks
Three stalks Celery, cut diagonally in about 1” pieces
Two medium Carrots, cut as you like them
One clove Garlic, minced
One large bag Spinach, or package frozen Spinach
Two cups chopped up Tomatoes
If you have these lying around the icebox, they would be good:
One Leek, carefully cleaned and sliced, white part only
One bulb Fennel (Anise), sliced in strips
Butter for sautéing
Water for boiling
Salt and pepper to taste
A little Thyme, to taste
Boil the Sweet Potato, and
if using frozen Spinach, cook it half the time the package suggests.
If using fresh spinach, just make sure it is nice and clean.
Saute the Onion, Celery, Carrots, Garlic, and Leek and Fennel if using;
When the onion is nice and yellow and the carrots have softened a bit,
Add the Tomatoes. Season well with Salt, Pepper (I prefer White Pepper), Bay leaves, Thyme
When the Sweet Potatoes are nearly the consistency you will want them in the soup, add all other ingredients and let bubble merrily until you are ready to eat it.