I'm sure many of you know how the flu has been making the rounds this winter! We've been hearing a lot about how the flu has hit some areas quite hard and we're constantly reminded about the things we should do to lessen our chances of getting this dreaded bug. Hard as we may try to avoid it, this menacing bug can strike anyone at anytime.
If you're among the unfortunate who gets this mess, we know that it's important to eat, even if you don't really feel up to it. Hot soup is always great to help get some nourishment whenever a nasty cold or the flu strike. But, if you've got a raw sore throat, there may be times where something cold would feel more welcome than something hot.
I have a soup recipe to pass along to you, but it's not the traditional soup you would eat hot....it's served cold! "Henderson House's Cold Peach Soup" is really much better to the palate than it sounds! Not really a soup but more of a milk shake, it's a simple mixture of peaches, along with sour cream or yogurt and a small amount of almond extract. It doesn't call for sugar, but you could add it, or even artificial sweetener, if you prefer it on the sweet side.
Either canned, frozen or fresh peaches may be used in this recipe. You can also use either sour cream or yogurt. It can be plain yogurt (which is my preference) or even peach yogurt. The new Greek yogurt would be perfect in this soup! If you rather use sour cream, it works equally as well. And it takes hardly any time at all to make. Simply place all the ingredients in the blender, blend until it's all smooth, and it's ready to go.
Of course, you don't have to wait for a cold or the flu to hit before trying this recipe! It can be enjoyed anytime of the year and will be especially good during the summer months, when the fresh peaches are available and you want to enjoy something cool and refreshing. Though I've never tried it, I'm sure this would equally good with strawberries, either fresh or frozen.
We've all heard how chicken soup is just the thing for a cold or the flu, and even medical science has stated that there are healing qualities to this soup. I shared a fine recipe for homemade chicken soup last year and if you happen to not get it, here's the link so you can:
Hopefully, you'll dodge this crud and be healthy. But, whether or not you have a cold or the flu, this soup is something different and is a very refreshing way to enjoy peaches!
HENDERSON HOUSE'S COLD PEACH SOUP
- 3 cups peaches and juice (fresh, frozen or canned)
- 1 cup sour cream or yogurt
- 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
- sugar (or artificial sweetener) to taste (optional)
If using fresh peaches, peel and pit them. Place all ingredients in the blender in the order listed and blend at high speed until smooth. Pour into a chilled glass and enjoy. This will keep a day or so. Great for the flu or sore throat. Serves 4.