**I have written a big chapter on kindness in my book, “The Test of my Hindu Faith.” In order to spread kindness, I have donated 200 books to the local hospital.
**Chicken Soup to fight virus: (Serves: 4 to 6)
About three years ago I had read in a health book that the combination of mushroom, and onion cures the virus. Also, my late father who worked all his life at the Govt. Agriculture Dept. had suggested to use onion, garlic, ginger, cilantro, and turmeric on a daily basis, to cure diseases. So, I started making this soup adding some of my own healthy ingredients. I had made this for almost five months for my 90yrs. old husband who had liver problem, and visited doctors and hospital often and never caught covid-19.
Ingredients: 2 Tbsp. canola oil; 1 Tsp. caraway/cumin seeds; 3 medium onions peeled and thin sliced; 4 large garlic cloves peeled and each sliced into four pieces; 10 oz (283G) Baby Bella mushrooms cleaned with a damp cloth and sliced thick (1/4-inch); 3Lb. chicken breast, fat removed and cut into bite size pieces (1-1/2-inch cubes); 1 pound, about 2 cups Jerusalem artichokes (or other tubers) sliced ½-inch thick; 16 oz., 1 carton bone broth or chicken broth; 16 oz., 1 can chickpeas; about 1-1/2 lb. fresh plum tomatoes chopped, and pureed in blender with 2 cans, 16 oz. each, stewed tomatoes: 3 cups (about 6 oz.) packed washed and chopped kale leaves; ½ Tsp. each turmeric powder, garlic powder; and dry oregano; salt and black pepper to taste; juice of 1 large lemon; for garnish: cilantro leaves and 2-inch fresh ginger thin sliced; to serve on the side: fresh heated and buttered/olive oil, mixed grain rolls.
Instructions: Heat a large pot (5lb) on a medium heat. Add oil and heat caraway/cumin seeds, just when they start turning brown, add onion and fresh garlic, and cook stirring on high heat for 5 minutes. Now add chicken pieces, sprinkle garlic powder, turmeric, oregano, some black pepper, and stir to brown them for 5 minutes. Take out chicken and onion in a bowl and leave them covered. Pour half of the bone/chicken broth into the pot, add sliced artichokes, bring them to a boil, lower the heat and cook covered for 15 minutes or until they are soft.
Now add everything back in the pot: kale, chickpeas, chicken, pureed tomatoes, mushrooms, and rest of the chicken broth. Increase the heat to high, bring all to a boil then lower the heat, and simmer covered for 15 minutes or until chicken is just done. Add lemon juice, taste for salt and pepper. Serve garnished with cilantro and ginger with heated and buttered/sprinkled with olive oil buns on the side.
Tips: This is an old fashion chicken soup with a new twist. The combination of onion, mushroom, garlic, ginger, and turmeric has something unique that it helps body fight virus, boost immune system and fight infection. Kale has vitamin K, good for the brain. Turmeric is an anti-oxidant helps fight cancer and other diseases. Artichokes are tubers that have a low metabolism, give vitamins, minerals, and help in longevity. Lemon juice help digest iron, and gives good taste to tomatoes. Hot broth soothes the body, helps stop runny nose and aids the heart congestion. Ginger cures the cough and cleans out the throat. Chicken not only gives protein but cures the cold and virus. Please consult your doctor if you are allergic to any of these ingredients.
** Every time you smile, love, and cherish someone, it’s your priceless gift to someone. Sushil
Peace around the world,
Sushil (Sue) Hennessy, February, 2021
Random Acts of Kindness
You don’t need money, just a little time to give mental support and be kind to all. Check on the elderly, bring their Newspaper to their door in bad weather, say hello to your neighbors when you see them, wish them happy holidays and birthdays etc. Call your parents, grandparents, sisters, brothers, aunts and uncles; talk to them to make sure they are not lonely. Thank the soldiers when you see them for keeping us safe; thank priests, police officers, teachers, health care workers, food suppliers, postal workers, newspaper persons, trash collectors for their services. Write notes to a lonely and unknown person and make his or her day. Thanks to all those heroes who are sacrificing their lives to help others during this Pandemic. You all are Angels.