Keep the fixings for this remedy on hand for when you first feel that telltale tickle in your throat. Delicious and easy to make, if you eat this soup at just the right time, it'll stop a cold dead in it's tracks. Honest.
Recipe courtesy of In Pursuit of Garlic by Liz Primeau (Greystone Books, 2012)
Note: Halve ingredients to serve 1. The general rule is 6 cloves of garlic for each cup of stock, plus 1 for the pot.
13 cloves garlic, peeled
2 cups chicken stock (or beef or vegetable, but chicken fights colds)
2 thick slices crusty bread
grated Gruyère or cheddar cheese
- Simmer garlic in stock for 15 to 20 minutes, until tender. Blend with an immersion blender.
- Place 1 slice of bread into each bowl and sprinkle with cheese. Pour hot soup overtop.
- Wrap yourself in a blanket, hold a bowl of soup close to your mouth so that you can inhale the vapours, and spoon it in!