What better way to cure a cold than a nice warming fragrant bowl of soup. Ryan has been sick for a few days now but last night was definately his worse. He got sent home early from work and when I called him at midday today I could tell from the sound of his voice that he should just be in bed resting. Working silly hours is not going to help him heal.
To my joy it he advises me that he has taken the rest of the week off work. (I was joyous because I knew him being sick was an excuse for me to drop by after work and check up on him. He also has that power to cheer me up even when he's not 100% himself). I even offered to drop by and make him some chicken soup to which he willingly accepted.
When talking to him earlier he said he was popping out to get some tissues and other supplies for his cold and offered to pick up what I needed for the soup. Upon calling him on the way home he tells me he didn't buy anything at all that I had asked. So luckily for him, he lives so close to Flemington shops, so I take a small detour hoping that the butchers and asian grocery were still open.
*Phew* The butchers was still open so I grabbed a kilo of chicken wings (for the bones - I was reluctant to ask if they had any chicken carcasses out the back) and went next door to grab some ginger. I had also picked up some dried red dates and dried yam from the asian grocers at Macquarie Centre on lunch break.
So apart from the chicken the other ingredients include ginger, garlic and carrot (for vitamin C). Make sure you buy the pitted dates, it just makes eating them alot easier, I was sure I picked up the seedless packet but when Ryan bit into the first date there was definately a seed in it. I didn't measure the ingredients, used my eye to gauge how much to put in.
Once the wings were removed put in the garlic, ginger, dates and yam. Cook this on a medium low heat until the yams are soft and tender. You would want to start seasoning the soup about half way through cooking. Add the chopped carrot and chicken meat and cook until the carrot is soft and check the seasoning again.
They're like little sweet dumplings made of a glutinous flour of some sorts, rice flour? Tapoica starch? I don't know, I just knew they looked interesting and that I wanted something sweetish to nibble on. They're filled with a green tea flavoured paste of some sort.