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Egg Drop Soup for Liquid Diet

Home made egg drop soup:  (Tan Hua T’ang)

3 cups of chicken stock broth.

1/2 teaspoon salt (use Real salt or something that is 100% salt – check the label)

3 tablespoons cold water

1 tablespoon tapioca flour (cassava)* or cornstarch

2 eggs slightly beaten (farm fresh from pastured hens is best)

Heat broth and salt to boiling.  Mix cold water and tapioca flour; stir gradually into broth.  Boil and stir 1 minutes.  Slowly pour eggs into broth stirring constantly with fork, to form shreds of egg.  Remove from heat; stir slowly once or twice.

You can also make this without thickening it with the tapioca flour or cornstarch if it needs to be absolutely thin liquid.

For best medicine, you need to find a local farmer from whom you can purchase healthy pasture raised spent hens or broilers.  You may have to butcher them yourself.  Cook them down bones and all, pull off the meat bits, then throw the bones and cartilage back into the water and simmer another hour or so.  The goal is to get as much of the chondroitan out of the cartilage and minerals out of the bones and into your broth.  Once done, strain out the bones and let the broth cool.  Chicken fat is quite soft, so if you want to skim it off, you’ll eventually have to put it in the frig or other cool spot so that it will harden on the top of the broth so that you can remove it with a slotted spoon.

Buying chicken broth in the store is NOT the same product as what you are making here.

As always, find certified organic or organically raised ingredients.

This was a big hit with my father-in-law who is recovering from hernia surgery, is very weak, and really doesn’t have an appetite.

However, it’s quite good even if you aren’t sick or in recovery.

Cheers

tauna

*my friend Francoirse raises cassava in DRC!

Find a local producer near you using a handy website search, here are a few:

Localdirt.com

Eatwild.com

Localharvest.org

 

Banana Pudding

Recipes for soft or liquid diet – high calorie and yummy!

1 well mashed banana (i used the one left over from making a banana milk drink)

2 cups milk

1/3 cup honey

1/3 cup sugar

2 tablespoons cassava flour (tapioca flour)

1/8 tsp salt

4 egg yolks

1 teaspoon vanilla

Mix together in a saucepan banana, milk, sugar (and/or honey), tapioca flour, and salt.  Whisk while heating through about 3 minutes.   Pour about 1 cup of the hot mixture into the egg yolks and mix thoroughly, then add that back to the saucepan, whisking always another couple minutes.  Remove from low heat and whisk in the vanilla.  Pour into a heat tolerate container for cooling.  If you want to avoid the skim that forms on the top of pudding, then you can lay a piece of plastic wrap right on top of the pudding.  Should be set in a couple hours, but good to eat anytime.

The recipes I’m posting are for people who need or want top notch health, so all ingredients used are organically raised, preferably local as well.  The milk is from neighbours who specialise in cows whose diet is primarily grass or dried forages (hay or stockpiled grass in winter).   Honey is locally sourced and does not contain corn syrup, sugar is organically grown and harvested in the USA.  Not sure on the cassava flour, although the label says it is certified organic.  Eggs are from our own hens or the young lady who raises hens next door.  Bananas certified organic from the store which cites them having been grown in Colombia.  Are there any bananas grown in the USA?

Bear in mind that using cassava to thicken gravies, puddings, stir fry will give a significantly different sort of viscosity than cornstarch – that’s okay.  So far, Cassava is not genetically modified whereas corn is almost 100% GMO.

After setting – i notice that this recipe is less ‘stiff’ than what one normally expects pudding to be.  I’m guessing that has to do with the honey.  Just use 2/3rds cup of sugar if you like more traditional thickness.  Also, realise that using the cassava will likely be lumpier than using cornstarch.

Cheers!

tauna

If you try this one, let me know how it turns out for you!  banana pudding 002.JPG