Food Diary (January 08, 2012)
Lunch: Fried egg and sweet corn sandwiches
Dinner: Potato, tomato and okara soup, sourdough toast, cornflakes
Okara is the byproduct after soy milk is extracted from soybeans. I made some soymilk few days ago and it would be such a shame to waste okara since it is quite nutritious. It worked pretty well in the soup. I didn’t feel like taking a photo of the soup. It was nice to consume but not pretty to look at.
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Ken Albala, a food historian at the University of the Pacific in California, has published research into why we eat soup to get better when we're ill.
As far back as the 12th Century, physicians were recommending chicken soup - known as "Jewish penicillin" - to combat a cold. Modern science has since found their instincts were largely right and it can be soothing and anti-inflammatory for those with colds.
But Albala's latest research suggests soup's appeal could actually be down to an "informal intuition" people have always had when it comes to feeding the sick. And rather than being based on science, it is more likely to be influenced by baby food. Soup's close appearance to baby food is a big reason why we eat it when ill, he suggests. Both are nutritious without being hard to digest, and the way both are prepared means they are "predigested" before being served.
The psychological links people have with food do stem from childhood, says food psychologist Christy Fergusson. "That is a connection we make on a subconscious level as we grow up, so when we want to feel comforted we look to what our mothers would have provided.
Diana Henry, a chef and food writer, says “You take soup to people when they're having tough times, there's something about it that means you give it to people in times of trouble. I think that's because it takes an enormous amount of care."
I never thought of this before but this article is so true. We think of soup during sickness. And when we want to celebrate soup is not something that is on top of the list. I had soup today but okara soup is not what my mum gave me when I was small. Actually today is the first time I tried okara soup, and I wasn't even feeling sick