Please note: I’ve decided not to update this post because it reminds me and tells you the true story of our health before essential oils. I wrote it in 2013; a time when we will get sick like most people during a stressful time, flu season, or when we came in contact with someone who was sick.
I came across doTERRA essential oils about a year and a half after writing the original post and we haven’t been sick since then. Like you’ll read below, this soup is awful! So needless to say, I am super happy I didn’t have to make it again.
But one thing I can tell you for sure: If you are down with the flu or a nasty cold, this will make you feel so much better. It might not be fun making it or drinking it but you’ll feel much better very quickly.
And if you would like to talk to me about essential oils and how they can transform your health like they did mine, feel free to contact me so we can start a conversation.
I hope you feel better soon!
For the new year, I’ve decided on a special gift for you: an awful, disgusting, yucky ancient Moroccan soup. Just because I love you so much!
Every Christmas we get sick. Not sure what is it with us and this holiday but it’s pretty much a tradition now. I can put it on the calendar for next year, this way maybe I’ll remember to prepare some freezer meals ahead of time.
Was it a cold? Or maybe the flu? You know… A runny nose, fever, coughing, overall weakness and very bad kind of feeling.
We were sick for a couple of days before I broke down. I needed my mommy! (Do you know this feeling? When you feel so bad you can’t get out of bed and all you can think of is why, oh WHY, did you make the decision to leave your mother’s house!)
Well, my mom lives about 6,135 miles away (in Israel)… But I had to hear her voice.
It wasn’t hard for her to figure out I felt like dog poop.
“Just make La’Hashu!” She said. Now, my mother comes from a Moroccan home. She was born in Israel but her parents are as Moroccan as one can be. She speaks Arabic fluently and often mixes Hebrew and Arabic together, kind of like Spanglish. Every time she pulls an Arabic word I listen carefully… There is always something either good, tasty, or interesting behind it.
“La’What?” I asked.
“La’Hashu,” she repeated the Arabic word, “it will clean you up and the world will become a better place!”
I was willing to try anything, and I believed her because:
1. She is my mom.
2. She is my mom.
3. The soup has parsley in it.
4. The soup has garlic in it.
5. She is my mom.
So out came the big pot!
Start by bringing 12 cups of water (3 liters) to a boil.
When the water starts to boil, add a tablespoon or so of vegetable oil.
Then, add 1 cup of Semolina flour.
Have you ever used Semolina flour? Some use it to make pasta, in Israel we use it to make porridge or couscous.
Add the flour to the boiling water and stir. Lower the temperature and let it simmer, stirring frequently, for twenty minutes.
Meanwhile, peel 4 garlic cloves….
And mince them.
Wash a big bunch of parsley, cut the stems and chop roughly.
Here is the semolina/water mixture after 20 minutes…. I felt a bit like a witch here with my big wooden spoon and this foggy liquid.
A closer look. Does this make you hungry yet?
Throw in the parsley and garlic….
Add some salt…
And black pepper and stir.
Let it cook for a few more minutes….. And there you have it!
My husband said it wasn’t so bad, but my husband is a brave man. I had to shove it down my throat, but it was worth it. The next day I felt much better. The garlic and parsley worked their magic and if I had to guess, I would say that the Semolina flour dried me up. My nose was no longer runny and the constant itch in my throat disappeared. Every cough brought up thick mucus from my lungs leaving them clear a couple of days later.
The best I can wish for you for this new year is health! And so I hope you’ll never need to make this soup, but just in case….
Happy new year, my friends!
Lady Lee is a single mother of four, she was born in Israel and raised in an agricultural commune called a Kibbutz. From a very young age, she was very interested in agriculture and farming.
She is a former IDF fitness trainer and is passionate about simple, natural living. She now lives in NC with her four kids, dog, cat, goats, ducks, and chickens.