Friday, July 29, 2011

Feeding a cold

I reported I had a cold - it is slowly improving and I have to see the doctor for my monthly check-up today, so I may consider asking for some anti-biotics as it is now settling in my sinuses and upper respiratory tract as an infection.

JohnG suggested I try chicken soup, however, this is my recipe for a soup for those who have a cold.


Serves 4

20 round wonton wrappers
20 medium school prawns (shrimps) peeled and deveined
1 tsp corn flour
Pinch of Chili flakes
Pinch of sea salt flakes
1 stalk of fresh coriander, freshly chopped
½ tsp of onion flakes
1 cup of fish stock
2½ cups of water
Chopped green onion for garnish


Lay the wonton wrappers on a flat surface and place a prawn/shrimp in the center of each wrapper.

Combine remaining corn flour with 2 tablespoons water to form a paste.

One at a time, brush some cornstarch paste around the edge of a wonton wrapper and fold the wrapper in half to make a semicircle, pressing edges together to seal. Then, holding the wonton with the curved edge facing away from you, bring the tips of the straight edge together and seal with more cornstarch paste. Repeat with remaining wontons.

Slowly bring a water and stock to a boil and reduce to a simmer.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil and drop the wontons into the boiling water. When the wontons rise to the surface, continue to cook them one minute longer. Remove with a slotted spoon as they finish cooking and divide them among the 4 bowls.

Sprinkle salt flakes, chili flakes, onion flakes and chopped coriander over the wontons

Pour hot clear fish broth over wontons and noodles in bowls and garnish with the chopped green onions to serve.

Masterfoods and McCormick's both sell the sea salt, chili and onion flakes. Here in Australia we can also get "Tasmanian Bush Dust". Tasmanian Bush Dust spice  is an "original recipe using Australian native produce" - macadamia nut, Tasmanian native pepper, bush tomato, other herbs and spices - this goes great in this soup as a change!


Jim said...

I don't have a cold but I'd like to try this soup! Sounds very good. Hope you feel better soon John.

Sharon said...

I am not a shellfish eater or whatever you call it. But I am tickled that you told about the paste! I honestly didn't know how to keep that stuff together! I do love wonton soup! I hope the Doc fixes you right up and you can get rid of that nasty cold!


JohnD said...

Sharon, prawns/shrimps are a crustacean and you can buy them already cooked from any seafood outlet out here - don't know about the US, tho'? Jim, its a delightful soup and you can reduce the quantities for just two as a nice dinner entree. Wonton wafers can be bought from any Asian grocery outlet - I like to dampen mine down so that they are pliable without being soaked. Egwash can replace corn starch to glue them together.

Oh! Yes Sharon, the Dr gave me a script for some doxycycline anti-biotics - she is a lovely lady, a refugee from Gadaffi's Libya!

Shammickite said...

That recipe sounds good, I'll try it next time I have a cold. Or even if I am perfectly healthy. I assume you mean raw shrimp.... we can get either raw or cooked here.
I see you used to live and work in ACT. I visited ACT about 6 yrs ago, sataying with a cousin in Mawson. I did all the sightseeing, loved it, both Parliament buildings, the Botanic Garden, the Museum, the donkey statue... etc etc. I hope to return one day.

JohnD said...

Ummm! No! I meant cooked shrimp - if you use ra shrimp it would be OK tho' 'cos they don't need much cooking.

ACT is a mystery package - some of it is boring and sterile - mostly the 'burbs' - but if you get off your Rrrrs and look around there's a lot to see and do! I love the Yass region where we currently live - its just so "Australian"!