Some good "healing" foods for L (my opinion only!):
- Chorizo and chickpea stew: includes cinnamon, and I also included fresh ginger and garlic for their healing properties. Chickpeas for protein and all-round goodness, chorizo because L loves it.
- Steamed white rice: seems to be a cure-all in asian cultures, is reasonably easy to digest and what isn't comforting about a steaming bowl of rice?
- Roast apricot chicken: made with my mother in law's homemade apricot jam, from apricots grown on the family orchard by my father in law. I roasted chicken thighs (bone in) in a casserole dish - spread with a jar of apricot jam, and a cup of chicken stock, salt and pepper for about an hour (first 40mins foil on, remaining 20mins foil off).
- Lup cheong sausages: aside from the fact that L loves them; they are handy to have in the cupboard, have a long shelf life, and can be chopped and added to almost anything (or eaten shamelessly on their own).
- Chicken and pistachio korma, made from scratch: for Christmas, L gave me a book of recipes from last year's Australian Materchef contestant, Poh. In it, there's a very simple recipe for chicken korma - I challenge anyone to get it wrong! The only change I made was to up the spice levels. Chilli also has healing properties, does it not? Also contains lots of ginger and garlic.
- The grand finale: Chocolate Raspberry Mousse, my own recipe, whipped out at random for moments when true comfort is needed (or when I need to use up some leftover cream). Use the "three bowl" method: Bowl 1: beat 450ml cream until thick. Bowl 2: beat three eggs and 1/4 cup caster sugar for a few minutes until thick and very pale. Bowl 3: place a heatproof bowl over a small pan of simmering water and melt 300g of chocolate (I prefer dark but you can use any sort). Once the chocolate has cooled (transfer chocolate to a cool bowl to speed up the process), stir into the egg mix until completely combined. Spoon in about 2/3 of the whipped cream, and use a big metal spoon to fold in gently. Once combined, refrigerate for about two hours or until set; spoon over the remaining cream and sprinkle over raspberries (or any other fruit or berry). Warning: comforting in small doses only!