By Chef H. Delgado
January 22, 2022
This week I bring you a delicious starter ideal for cold winter days. This traditional dish already was served in the 18th century at the restaurant "Champs d'Oiseau", the first known restaurant in European history.
Chef Boulanger served restorative broths to restore the stomachs of his guests. These soups were nothing more than a mixture of vegetables and bitter herbs doctors used in the Middle Ages as medicine. Chef added a few ingredients to make the recipe more delicious and nutritive.
"veinte ad me omnes qui stomacho laboratis et ego restaurabo vos"
That means: "come to me, man with a tired stomach, and I will restore you". You could read these words at the entrance of the restaurant. Paris 1765.
In the 12th century, the physicist and philosopher Maimonides recommended chicken soup to treat the common cold. Recent studies have shown that the philosopher was right. The scientific basis is that chicken soup hinders the movement of immune system cells called neutrophils, which go to infected sites and release enzymes that destroy viruses and bacteria, promote the release of mucus and attack the body's own cells, causing tissue inflammation. In this way, chicken soup would reduce the unpleasant symptoms of colds, reducing inflammation of the throat and nasal mucous membranes without reducing the antiviral activity of our immune system.
Beyond its health properties, Chicken soup can be a perfect starter for any table with various dishes. For example, it is very common in Spain to start the Christmas meal with a chicken soup or consommé to prepare the stomach and better digest what comes after.
With the beef (dark) stock and the fumet, the chicken (white) stock is the most commonly used in today's kitchen for countless preparations.
For me, there is nothing better than that feeling of comfort that comes when you are served the chicken soup piping hot, and you poke your nose in to discover the fantastic aromas. So I hope you will enjoy this restorative and delicious winter soup. And if you were cold, you would feel better after that.
Have a Tasty Day!
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