Cherish sneezed again, and this time her face was instantly covered in snot. Feeling worried, Chenai wiped her daughter’s face clean and decided to take action. She wasn’t a big advocate for pills, Cherish, that is. So Chenai had to make sure her daughter was getting food that helped her system to fight it. After all, it was just the common cold. Lemsip was Cherish’s last resort – she hated the taste. She’d also lost her appetite and hadn’t been eating much, therefore Chenai knew Cherish couldn’t stomach solid food.
Chenai got up and washed her hands in the kitchen with soap and water. She took out red onions and white onions, potatoes, leeks, garlic, ginger, single cream, vegetable stock cube, chives, black peppercorns and some all purpose seasoning salt and placed them on the kitchen counter. She was going to make leek and potato soup for Cherish, one of her favourite healthy foods. Potatoes are the carbohydrates Cherish needed for energy and nourishment, and garlic is famously known for containing large amounts of different nutrients, including Vitamin C which helps combat the common cold. Ginger is also a powerful ingredient to help the immune system, and since Cherish hated the lemon, ginger, garlic and honey brew that Chenai used to make for her, Chenai knew she had to get creative.
She sliced 1/2 white onion, 1/2 red onion, 2 medium leeks, 1 medium garlic bulb, about a thumb’s length of fresh ginger, and then cubed 3 medium potatoes.
She added a tablespoon of cooking oil in a large and deep pan on medium heat and added the onions, potatoes, garlic, ginger and leeks. She gently stir-fried it for about 5 minutes when they started to soften. Cherish sneezed again and Chenai yelled out, “Bless you!” and continued with her cooking.
Once satisfied with the softness of the food, Chenai put the vegetable stock cube into a litre of hot water and mixed it until it was dissolved. She then added it to the pan and brought it to the boil. She immediately seasoned well with a pinch of salt, crushed black pepper and all purpose seasoning, and allowed it to simmer until the vegetables were tender. She regularly stirred it so it wouldn’t stick to the bottom of her favourite pan, a gift from her sister-in-law, Tete Gire.
She grabbed a teaspoon from one of the drawers and dipped it into the pan to taste the soup. The seasoning was perfect and just the way Cherish liked it. Once well cooked and mashy, she poured it all into a blender and blended everything until smooth. While the blender was running, she rinsed the pan and cleaned it of any leftover bits then placed it back on the hob. She poured the blended soup into the clean pan and stirred in 150ml of the single cream, and made sure it was nice and hot again before serving.
Cherish, like her mother, was big on garnished food, so Chenai grabbed some fresh chives and sliced them to garnish the soup bowl. She also sprinkled some freshly ground black pepper, grabbed a slice of bread and a soup spoon and served her daughter. The soup went down within 5 minutes and soon afterwards, Cherish knocked out again for a peaceful afternoon nap.
About the author:
Sh’anesu Gutsa is a multi-award winner, writer, motivational blogger and vlogger, food enthusiast, volunteer and budding entrepreneur. She is passionate about women empowerment and community development programmes, and she is the founder of a mentorship and coaching programme.
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