Hip, Hip Ole for the Fresh Flavors of Spain: Thyme Soup

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Serves 4

This Catalan recipe might help stave off a cold.

• 8 cups water
• 4 or 5 sprigs thyme
• Salt to taste
• Several slices day-old bread (or you can lightly toast bread)
• 4 eggs
• 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
• 2 cloves garlic (optional)

1. Boil water, thyme and salt for 5 minutes.

2. Cut bread into squares. Place a few pieces in 4 bowls and break 1 egg in the center of each bowl.

3. Drizzle olive oil over the top. Add chopped garlic if desired.

4. Pour boiling thyme-water over egg and bread in each bowl; cover bowl for 3 to 5 minutes, until bread softens and egg is poached.

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