"We are what we believe we are."
C.S. Lewis

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Toast and Honey

 The first thing I saw when I entered the grocery store yesterday morning was a potted hydrangea so perfectly pink and fresh looking that it looked like Spring itself.

I brought two home with me, one for the foyer and one for the dining room.
 One unfortunate thing about this flu that we've all had is that it is a real appetite-killer.  This is not helpful when it comes to recovering, it just adds to a weak feeling in the body.

As I walked around the grocery store picking up this and that I just felt ill at the thought of eating lunch or dinner, or anything really.
Then I thought, no, toast and honey will be just the thing.

Years ago we spent a night travelling north of Toronto to attend a dinner at Eigensinn Farm, the home of the famous chef Michael Stadtlander.

It was truly an extraordinary evening, made perhaps more so by the care and generosity of his wife Nobuyo, who held six month old Lil' Rascal at various stages during the evening so we could enjoy the seven course dinner!

The next week we were home in Guelph at a cocktail party when our friend John asked me about the night at the farm.  So of course I went into (at times rapturous) detail about the extraordinary food, and the atmosphere, and the presentation, until suddenly John's eyes glazed over completely as he blurted out:
"Yes, but sometimes don't you just want toast and honey?"
Quite right!
This toast and honey combination, above, gets all of the credit for bringing my appetite, and therefore my health, back in line.
I think I'll have it again this morning.
Have a healthy, energetic day today.  Maybe you'll have toast and honey?
xoxDani

14 comments:

  1. That is exactly the cure in our family too! No matter the malady, from colds and flu to teenage broken hearts, grandma would make us toast and honey with tea. Generally consumed in bed, it mended all matter of ailments. I'm glad to hear you felt well enough to venture to the market. It sounds like you're on the mend, though that never goes as quickly as we'd like.

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    1. SD it's not going as quickly as I would like that's for sure.
      Tea and toast in bed sounds really perfect I have to say. One thing I've realized during this illness is that I wish I had a healthy clone of myself to take care of me. ;) Thank you SD xxx

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  2. I love that comment! See you next week, are off to the beach. Just looking back on all of your posts - terrible illness, hope you are feeling better. Link your hair ribbon into the bottom of your hair elastic then wind it around and tie - voila, it will stay! Have a great time in New Orleans! Anna26x

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    1. Anna, see if you still lived next door I wouldn't have these problems with hair ribbons and things, you always have the solution! ;) Enjoy the beach, so nice. Safe travels my dear xxx

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  3. Almost every morning my husband eats bread+butter+honey for breakfast(the type of honey changes every month or so)Take care. Chocolate

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    1. Chocolate your husband would get along quite well with my friend John, that's the combination he prefers as well! Thank you xxx

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  4. Hadn't heard this before, but I'll remember it for the next time one of us gets sick. I usually go for chicken soup when I don't feel well. Luckily we've escaped The Plague so far this year (knocking on wood!)!!!!

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    1. Vava this is good keep escaping it!!
      Yes try it you'll find it quite restoring. xxx

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  5. Glad you are feeling better. Be kind to yourself- it sometimes takes awhile to fully recover. My grandmother always made me cinnamon toast when I was recovering from illness or sadness. Just curious- do you put honey on the toast, or in the tea?

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    1. Hi Dana, that's funny my Nana always made us cinnamon toast! Honey on the toast, yummy. I can feel this recovery will be a long one, I'm getting better but very slowly. Thank you xxx

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  6. So glad you're feeling better! We've also been under the weather, so today I made Irish soda bread...spread thickly with butter & honey! Honey is magical...my grandmother would always stir in a spoonful of warmed honey into a wee glass of Scotch whenever she felt something coming on. (That Manuka really is the best.)

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    1. Rebecca, warm honey stirred into scotch, I think a certain MrBP would enjoy that cure! Your grandmother sounds very smart. So sad to hear you're under the weather too, Irish soda bread, great idea I think I'll make some too. Get better xxx

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  7. I don't like honey but will make an exception for toast with goat's cheese and honey which I first got into in the south of France, were it's always on sale at the markets, it smells so amazing.

    tabitha

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  8. When I'm in that state I make hot chocolate with unsweetened cocoa and manuka honey. I add the honey once the cocoa and milk are heated, so as to preserve some of the bioactive.

    I find it very comforting. xox.

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