Food to blast a cold (Part 1)

October 19, 2015 10:48 am Published by 1 Comment

There’s a lot of it about, as they say. As the UK readies itself for the forecast invasion of polar air (next week, you’ve been warned) and a rumoured El Nino-induced exceptionally cold winter, why not prepare to blast the cold out of your house and your body with these two toe-tingling recipes?

Naturally Good Food has the ingredients you'll need for these warming recipes.

Ginger chilli whisky: your toes will tingle!

These are recipes to prepare in advance. One takes a while to steep; the other is good for freezing and then defrosting when you feel the first inklings of a cold. Both require our finest quality ingredients – but neither are expensive at all.

Ginger and chilli whisky

This infused ginger whisky recipe warms you thoroughly from top to toe, and blasts away any preliminary ticklings at the back of your throat! Ginger and whisky have long been happy partners, but this homemade version brings through the real heat of the ginger, making shop-bought combinations seem a little insipid in comparison.

It’s nice and easy to make, with exact quantities depending purely on how strong you think you’ll like it.

Take a bottle of whisky: it needn’t be the finest, and something mellow rather than peaty is probably the best bet. Stick a whole, clean, red chilli pepper in it and leave for a few days, or longer. Then decant a certain quantity of the whisky into a bowl or mug and add a handful (or, if it’s a mug, just a few cubes) of our best, crystallised ginger, with an extra spoonful of sugar. Cover and allow to steep for a few days more. Sip and see if it requires more ginger or more sugar.

This will keep throughout the winter, but you can begin drinking it almost immediately!

Ingredients available from Naturally Good Food:

Toe-tingling Tomato Soup

A well-stocked store-cupboard should always have an emergency tin of Heinz tomato soup in it, in my opinion. Creamy and sweet, it soothes an aching throat beautifully. But it’s not exactly health food! However….Naturally Good Food can reveal a recipe for an alternative that tastes almost exactly the same, is very nutritious, and does just the same wonderful job of blasting out a cold.


Olive oil

1 onion, chopped

1 clove garlic, chopped

1 tbsp tomato puree

Tin chopped tomatoes

Fresh basil leaves

100ml double cream

Salt and pepper


Cook the onion and garlic in the olive oil until softened. Stir in the tomato puree, then the tinned tomatoes and the basil leaves and bring to the boil. Simmer for about 15 minutes, then add seasoning and cream to taste (you might not want all of it). Puree till smooth.

Stay warm this autumn, and stock up your whisky-cellar and deep-freeze for winter!


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