January 18, 2009
Oh gang, I am sick. Sicky sick sick. The kind of sick where all you want to do is drink liquids and blow your ever clogging nose. Today is day four of THE SICK and I do feel better, but not fantastic. However, I have a magic elixir that I drink when I either feel a cold coming on or am in the midst of a full blown snot attack. In the beginning throes of a cold, it usually snaps me out of it and during a cold, it makes me warm and toasty. In case you are one who is prone to colds, I am sharing my recipe with you. This is in no way medicinal, but I do find it very comforting to drink when I am sick. So to be clear, I am not a doctor or a medical professional and I don’t make any claims that this is any sort of medical advice.
To make my concoction, I first boil the water for tea. I usually use Sleepy Time tea or some other chamomile tea. While the kettle is boiling, I put the following ingredients in my big, ole brown mug:
-about a tablespoon or so of Bragg’s Apple Cider vinegar
-about a tablespoon of lemon juice
-a healthy squirt of local honey
-a few good shakes of cayenne pepper
-a double shot of brandy (This is optional. Of course, only add this if you are legal and don’t hop in the car after you drink it.)
Next, I pour the hot water in the mug, add the tea bags, give it a good stir as the honey tends to stick to the bottom of the mug, sit back and enjoy.
Even without the brandy, the drink is soothing. The cayenne pepper is a nice kick, although I tend to be a bit heavy handed when I make it for myself. If you don’t like spicy things, just a sprinkle will do.
I hope to be on the up and up soon. I have a fridge full of groceries and no energy or appetite whatsoever to cook or eat. Although, I did make a big mess of sauteed red onions, hot cherry peppers, and garlic for dinner the other night. I wanted something I could smell and taste and this totally did the trick. I have some left over and I might eat that today.
Have a great, sickness free day and keep cooking!