From Holly Davis Nourish (cookbook)

This soup is recommended by Australian macrobiotic wonder cook, Holly Davis. I’m making it today for my friend who just had a baby. It’s perfect for any situation where you need to build strength, nourish and recover: illness, stress, childbirth… or to strengthen and protect against colds flu or simply be warm and nourished in the winter.


5 large cloves of garlic

125 g carrots, roll cut

250g leeks, sliced

2 medium onions, diced

150g celery, diced

250gfennel, diced

300g celeriac, large diced

500g potatoes.Large diced

1 whole organic free-range chicken

8 cups 2L vegetable stock

1 ½ teaspoons sea salt

juice of ½ lemon

½ bunch flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped

wash all vegetables well. place cleaned chicken and all vegetables in a pan. cover with vegetable stock, add the salt. bring to a simmer. do not boil. allow to simmer 1 ½ to 2 hours. remove chicken, cool a little. take flesh from the bones and set flesh aside. discard the bones. bring soup back to a simmer. add the lemon juice. place meat back into soup. serve sprinkled with parsley.

My copy of “Nourish” is in the US while I am in Australia, writing this. So I found the recipe online here from a TCM practitioner: Kristina Freeman.

This is what she says about it:

This is my favourite chicken soup recipe and comes from the beautiful cookbook Nourish, by Holly Davis.Its great if you are feeling a little rundown and exhausted, fighting the flu, or just want to keep warm and healthy over the colder months. Its also a fabulous recipe for new mums to help build up strength after childbirth.



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