I made some chicken soup a couple of days ago. Ratting around through my freezer...no, not after toads...I came across two chicken carcasses I had frozen just for that very reason. They had heaps of meat on and by the time I threw in a little soup mix, all the chopped vegetables I could find, salt and cracked pepper plus, as an afterthought, a can of diced tomatoes, I had a huge pot of soup.
Jane came over and she told me her father, Ken, had a really bad cold and she wanted to know if I had any lemons. No. However, I said I would take him some chicken soup. So the next day (I had made the soup in the evening and it was too hot to handle that night), I took Ken a large container of soup. By then, I was starting to get a sore throat and feeling a bit "heady", too. I stayed and had a cup of coffee with Ken and commiserated with him over his cold, then went home, had some soup for lunch, had a nana nap and woke feeling marginally better. By the next day I was fine and Ken was also a lot better.
Okay, maybe I wasn't going to get any worse than I was and Ken was probably over the worst of his cold and would have been feeling better anyway, but I still think the chicken soup had a lot to do with it. After all, chicken soup is very well known for its healthful properties, so much so that books have been written about it (Canfield & Hansen's Chicken Soup for the Soul books).
Where did this knowledge come from? It's been around for yonks and if anyone's ailing, homemade chicken soup is very beneficial. Who cares where it came from? It works. I don't know where I got it from, it seems as if I have always known this about chicken soup. Whatever, can you think of anything nicer when you're bunged up with a cold or have the shivers and shakes of the flu? I can't...unless it's an open log fire...that's a pretty close second. But the two combined...that's heaven and soooo comforting.
So...homemade chicken soup - good for what ails you and unlike a lot of things that are deemed to be good for you, it tastes delicious.