Since one of my former mentors (bosses) commented that my current assignment in Spring 2017 as “one hell of a lot of [insert any form of working e.g. presenting, reviewing, reading, attending meeting, etc]…:-(“, I must be smarter and more creative in supplying my body with nutrients.
Like oatmeal , fenugreek (methi), sesame seed, water, barley water (increases the quantity of breast milk), soup may help sustaining/increasing breastmilk production, as my postpartum experience suggested that daily intake of soup was correlated with an adequate supply of milk.
“Breastfeeding mums should be drinking at least 2 liters of fluids daily. Some mothers may need to drink more water each day“, especially for a mother like me because I observe that I need to drink more water than average people while not breastfeeding.
Here are some quick and easy soup recipes:
- egg tomato soup. Ingredients: tomato + egg (low heat, stir) + salt + sesame oil (add after cooked for flavor) 
- chicken soup. Ingredients: chicken thighs + ginger + salt. Methods: use slow cooker over night or throughout the day  / a rice cooker 1 hr (after boiled, remember to tilt the lid to prevent spill).
- chicken mushroom soup. Ingredients: chicken thighs + mushroom + salt. Methods: I used slow cooker for at least 6 hrs on 20170210 because I saw Holland white button mushrooms on offer for only AED 10 / 500g
- chicken soup with papaya 
- herbal soup using quick-to-prepare ingredients or pre-packed herbals e.g. bazhen soup (my first one on 20170113 in the year 2017 after pumping milk for Little Princess)
- ABC soup using a rice cooker.
- Chinese cabbage soup using a rice cooker.
- beetroot soup .
 On 20170114, at 9.30 am, I started preparing to cook for ginger chicken soup for my dinner using a slow cooker (a crook). I blanched 4 thighs of chicken that I bought yesterday. I used organic ginger, though it is more expensive but I save time for not needing to peel its skin. I broke it into thumb-like size, and if it’s still big, I used knife to partly sliver it so that the flavor will be out into the soup.
 Oatmeal is also gentle on our empty stomach.
 On Good Friday 2017 (20170414), Little Prince learned to cook egg tomato soup ala mama (see ref2017/eat_cook*.txt)
 On 20170813, I used an organic beetroot and a rice cooker to cook a warming dinner. Ingredients: 1 beetroot + 2 carrots + 4 chicken drumsticks (remember to deskin) + 2 cloves of garlic + 1 thumb of ginger. No need to add salt as beetroot itself will make the soup slightly salty.
- I used to chop carrots to small pieces, but chopping them to 1.5-2 cm chunks (i) retain the sweetness of the carrots when chewed, (ii) efficiently save my time and energy.
- Cooking pasta with beetroot will cheer children as the pasta turns naturally pinkish.
- How often can (and should) we eat beetroot? Beetroot contains oxalic acid; if it was not metabolized, it precipitates to form calcium oxalate crystals that can cause kidney stone formation in some individuals (thanks to my sister).
- Don’t be panic when we see red urine (it’s called beeturia) and red/pink feces after drinking the beetroot soup containing the betanin pigment, yet beeturia could serve as an indicator that we should consume beetroot in moderation because oxalic acid preserves the red color to the colon.
I was inspired to add garlic to the soup after enjoying my mother’s soups in summer 2017.
20170822 version of beetroot soup (cooked using an old slow cooker for 20170823): 1 organic beetroot + 2 carrots + 2 cloves garlic + 7 walnuts. Simple! Note: Perhaps, I added too many walnut as the soup tasted slightly bitter.
 Depending on the availability of ingredients, I have used slightly different recipes.
20171002 version of chicken papaya soup: unripened papaya from Malaysia (I used ~ 2 grown-up female wrists size) + ~ 400g of skinless chicken + 4 slices of ginger + 2 garlic cloves + 6 red dates. After cooking, I did not add a pinch of salt as I usually did since the soup was pretty flavorful!
20171004 version of chicken papaya soup: ~ 500 g of papaya from India (9.95 dhms/kg, it’s seedless and cheaper than the papaya from Malaysia and Thailand) + 3 skinless chicken thighs (~200g) + 4 slices of ginger + 6 red dates. I used a slow cooker for at least 4 hrs. Tips (via Little Princess’ maternal grandmother who assisted in my confinement after delivering Little Princess): to shorten the cooking process, we could use boiled water instead of water at room temperature.