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C.S. Lewis

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Feed a Cold

 We pretty much have the Plague in our house.  It started last week with MrBP suddenly reeling with a terrible cold/flu type virus.  I was feeling like I was fighting it off until Monday evening when it suddenly hit me full-force.  Lil' Rascal has it too, in fact everybody we've come in contact with has it.

Middle Rascal is coming home this weekend to attend an academic conference and yesterday she texted me a picture of the outfit she's planning to wear:
Medieval Plague Doctor
 I've been doing the most sensible thing I can think of which is to cook up lots of vegetables in soups and gratins.
 For lunch yesterday I cooked a very simple soup of shallots, portobello mushrooms, fresh parsley, loads of chopped kale, and potatoes.  Sautéed the lot, covered with water and herbed sea salt, boiled for about 15 minutes and it was ready.
One of the worst things about this virus is the sore throat so it was very soothing!

Do you know what else is soothing on a sore throat?  That's right, a giant glass of wine.  I had a half bottle of lovely un-oaked Chardonnay from France in the refrigerator, leftover from the weekend, so I thought I'd better whip up something that would do it justice.

Aduki beans are the sort of beans you could give to non-bean lovers and they would still be happy.  They are softer, with a creamy texture and are easier to digest than other beans.
 They are perfect in a vegetable gratin.  I had about five fresh zucchini delivered in our organic vegetable box yesterday so I sautéed those with, again, lots of shallots, some herbes de Provence and fresh parsley.  I added the rinsed beans followed by a giant splash of cashew cream.
 I topped the lot with nutritional yeast, some fresh grape tomatoes (cut in half), more parsley, olive oil, and coarse salt.
 Bake for about twenty minutes at 350 and you're done.
It went perfectly with that giant glass of chardonnay.

I've woken up this morning feeling worse so I'll be tucked in at home, doing some more cooking.  I think I'll take the opportunity to rethink my travel colour story to New Orleans too, thanks so much to all of you who gave me packing-up advice on yesterday's post.  You guys are the best!
Don't get the Plague,
xoxDani

10 comments:

  1. Dani, so sorry to hear that! There have been some nasty bugs traveling around. Beware the boomerang effect that happens after you've recovered but your immune system is still coming back to full speed, then you run into another strain of something or other and you're down again! Good idea to stay home and rest. Chardonnay is always a good idea!

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    1. SD you're right that happens so often! We're going to really tuck in and take it easy the next couple of weeks. Nothing outside of the work that needs to get done!
      Thank you SD xxx

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  2. Oh, hope you are feeling better. We've been pretty lucky so far this year and just want to make it to our sunshine holiday for a healing injection of vitamin D. I swear by vegetarian chilli, vitamin c and this thing called Thieves spray my girlfriend sells. It's basically alcohol and cloves and when you spray it in your throat, it seems to be a cure all. But wine sounds like a good idea too! Stay warm and well rested. Xx

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    1. Jen, thieves spray? I must find this. I have a Thieves essential oil that has a base of cloves, it was apparently used in medieval times to actually fight the plague. It might be called Marseilles oil. If I can get to the health food store today I'll look for that spray. Thanks Jen! xxx
      Oh and good job booking a sunshine holiday!

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  3. Sorry you've been ill, Dani! Your recipes look delicious, though. Your middle rascal has a great sense of humor with that illustration. LOL. Take care and feel better soon!!

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    1. Vava she's soooo funny. Thanks you Vava your sympathy is appreciated! xxx

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  4. Oh its nasty...but you are wise to keep hydrated...even imbibing in a white wine. My hubby would recommend the "Scotch Cure" single malt of course! Hope you can rest up...and that you'll recover quickly.
    Our DIL and the grandchildren have it too and our son is ooking a wee bit pale so I think he'll be next.

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    1. Hostess my hubs also swears by the Scotch cure! Single malt of course.
      The worst thing is I can't sleep with such a terrible sore throat so everyday I get up feeling worse! I really hope your son escapes it. xxx

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  5. I thought I had escaped but no, I started to come down with some bug yesterday. Feeling miserable. I can certainly empathize with what you are going through. Hope this doesn't last long.

    slf

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    1. slf I thought I had escaped too. All last week I felt like I was fighting something, but I guess I lost! Hope you feel better soon. xxx

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