I’m sure you’ve all been wondering what I’ve been up to, and how I’m feeling. (I have the most thoughtful stalkers ever!) Well, I’m sick, and I have been for awhile. I’ve been coughing for a few weeks, to the point where I have now lost my voice, and my abs are killing me. As a result what topic has been foremost in my mind? The recent mid-term primary elections, you ask? Surprisingly no, I’ve been thinking about what to do when you’re sick. (It was pretty obvious, I’m surprised you didn’t guess it).
First off: Soup. Of course! Nothing feels better to a sore throat than nice, hot soup. You can go with your basic chicken noodle, or tomato, but I made a spicy Indian lentil soup. I cooked a whole bag of lentils, then set them to the side. I peeled and chopped up 3 small carrots and 1/4 of an onion, and started sauteing (I have no idea how to spell that, or how to fix my spell checker, so deal with it) them in some olive oil. I threw in a couple of sliced jalepenos, but it wasn’t very spicy, so I would add more next time. Cook them all until soft, then throw in a can of broth. I used beef, but you can use chicken (that old stand-by for colds), or vegetable if you’re vegetarian. I let it simmer for a little bit so the veggies would pick up the flavor, then added 2/3s of the lentils back to the pot (the other third will be in tomorrow’s dinner). For spices I used about 2 tablespoons of cumin, which sounds like a lot, but mine was not very strong. Add the cumin gradually and taste it along the way so it’s not over-powering. I also added garlic salt, chili powder, and about a teaspoon each of dill and parsley. That may sound weird, but it gave it a really authentic flavor. With some brown ‘n serve rolls on the side, my tummy and throat were both happy.
Next: Tea! Tea is full of antioxidants which are supposed to make you healthier, plus the heat and hydration are very helpful for my poor abused throat. There are immune boosting varieties available, plus my favorite, blueberry! When I was sick back in the day, Mom used to make us tea with honey and a little bit of whiskey. Probably best to do this at home, not the office. I’m assuming you’d get odd looks if you pulled a bottle of (insert name of whiskey here) out at work. If not, tell me what you do for a living. I may join you.
Also: Ginger! You can take a fresh ginger root, peel off the ucky outer peel, and then suck on a chunk of ginger to help a sore throat and clear you sinuses. You can also shave little bits off the ginger into a coffee mug, fill with boiling water, and let it steep for awhile to make a tea. It can be a bit spicy, but it definitely helps.
The basics: bed rest (which I’m not getting, because I’m at work), sleep (which I’m not getting because I have a puppy), decongestants (which I can’t take because they make me loopy), and cough drops (which I am SICK OF!). Being sick is never fun, and that’s why I’m a cranky lady. No one can tell though, because irritation doesn’t come across well through whispering.
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