well, i have decided to make soup - for my family. i aim for health wealth and merriment! the holidays are coming and no one wants to be sick with pumpkin pie in their line of sight (yes, with real whipped cream).
looking into my apothecary i notice turkey tails, no not the thanksgiving kind - the fungus among us! that's right turkey tail fungi (Trametes versicolor), harvested right here in california, yes by me.
chicken mushroom soup
- a pot
- knife & cutting board
- stove/fire source
- hot water
- a drizzle of olive oil
- an onion
- 3 or 4 celery stalks
- a carrot or 2
- lots of garlic
- chicken, something with bones
- braggs (liguid aminos)
- a touch of cracked pepper
- a heaping dash of turmeric powder
- a couple sprigs of thyme
- juice of one lemon
- 4 antiviral mushrooms (in my case turkey tails)
simmer the chicken (organic free range wings, the ones i stashed away in the freezer) and turkey tail fungi (Trametes versicolor) for about an hour and a half (sometimes i pick out a good movie to watch during this time), making sure the water doesn't boil away - adding a bit more water if necessary. after the hour and a half has passed i strain out the chicken and mushrooms. in the empty pot a drizzle of olive oil and i add chopped onion, carrots, celery and crushed garlic cloves and i saute for 5 minutes or so. pour over the strained broth and simmer that for a half an hour. during that time i shred the chicken and add it back to the simmering pot. when the onion is cooked turn off the heat. taste it and then add the braggs, pepper, turmeric, lemon juice and sprigs of thyme, let it sit covered - for 15 more minutes. serve with crusty bread drenched in garlic oil.
i don't eat the tough turkey tails, i strain them out, their medicinal value has been transferred to the broth. mushrooms in general need hot water to extract their healing constituents, that's why soup is the way to go, yum.
happy eating your way to health!
turkey tail mushrooms are anti-tumor, anti-microbial (is anti-viral), and overall immune stimulating.