Sauerkraut SoupPosted: November 6, 2011
When I was growing up, it was a fact that there were two things that cured all ails. According to my mother and aunt, all bad days, illnesses and broken hearts could be remedied by taking two Tylenol and going to bed. In addition to that, a steaming bowl of sauerkraut soup would cure the rest.
Until I was about 19, I seriously thought that sauerkraut soup cured the common cold.
(Much to my husband’s disapproval, I still think that Tylenol makes everything else better).
As this is a food blog and not a pharmaceuticals blog, I will expand on the soup. Recently my cousin Catherine, gorgeous and 9 months pregnant, lovingly crafted up a pot of sauerkraut soup to bring comfort on a cold day. To be honest, I’ve never personally made this soup and am not sure what all exactly goes into the making of this magical brew. I do know you need a ham bone. And a jar of sauerkraut. And lots of garlic. The home-made dumplings have always been my favourite part; thick and chewy, balancing out the tart flavour of the sauerkraut.
When I eat a bowl of this soup, I always close my eyes with the first spoonful and breathe in the steam from the rich broth. Whether it be a cold, fever or broken heart, I always feel a little better.
Thank you, Catherine, for making me feel better, one bowl at a time.
*Author’s note: My brother Jordan helped edit this post. He does not like sauerkraut soup.