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02 December 2012 @ 03:03 pm
i has a cold  
It is a cold that mostly consists of a very sore throat and an astounding amount of snot in the mornings. I am taking zinc, vitamin c, and enchinchillas* like they're going out of style. On Friday I saw a recipe for a home made sore throat soother, consisting of sliced lemon and ginger stuffed into a jar, covered in honey and refrigerated so big glops can be taken out and be made into tea (is it tea if there's no actual tea involved?) when the need arises. I thought it sounded worth trying and got lemons and ginger. This morning, having not managed to make the glop yet, I made it and then took half a lemon, a couple generous tablespoons of honey and some crushed ginger and made tea of it.

It was freaking fabulous. I may go on a honey-ginger-lemon tea diet. Supplemented by the banana bread I've just been forced to make, because there was a fruit fly hanging out on my bananas. I hate fruit flies. They do not have them in the land of my people.

(the OTHER land of my people. alaska. the land i was born in. not my ancestral land, where they clearly have fruit flies.)

I have so many things I should be doing. Instead, I'm going to make an attempt at the dishes, then go have some more tea and stare at the words in a book or at a movie until consciousness eludes me. Or until Young Indiana awakens from his nap, which is more likely to happen first.

* echinacea. i can't spell it, much less pronounce it, and cannot convince my brain that chinchillas are not involved.
desperance: lukedesperance on December 2nd, 2012 11:03 pm (UTC)

enchiladas, surely? Make 'em spicy enough, they've got to be good for a cold. Indeed, we know they are; there's an old folk saying, "feed a cold enchiladas, starve a fever"...
Flitterbyflit on December 3rd, 2012 01:43 am (UTC)
I freaking loooove ginger/honey/lemon gloop. I think it's technically a tisane but lots of people call tisanes 'tea' even if they don't have true tea in them, so do what you want. I got sick when we were travelling and had noticed that the deli across the street used real ginger slices in their chai, so got them to mix some ginger slices and honey and lemon up for me in hot water. Eternal gratitude!

Another really good thing for colds is ginger garlic SOUP. Made with fish or chicken stock (and bits) and lots and lots of garlic and enough ginger to go 'whee ginger.' Add chilis to that if you like spice.

Also, yum, banana bread.
kitmizkit on December 3rd, 2012 08:32 am (UTC)
Indeed, it struck me last night that it was a tisane, and I shall now call it that, because nobody uses the word and they should!

Yeah. I should get some soup. I said pathetically. :)
GM Ceosannaceosanna on December 3rd, 2012 06:21 pm (UTC)
I hope you feel better soon!

I have lemons, honey, and ginger lounging around my house, so I think I need to make this tisane! Do you happen to know the recommended amounts from the recipe?
kitmizkit on December 3rd, 2012 06:48 pm (UTC)
The recipe was essentially "stuff as many thin-cut lemon slices into a jar as will fit. Add thin-sliced (or grated, or crushed, as you see fit) ginger to the degree that you like ginger. Pour honey (they said organic, but whatever) over it until it's full. Put it in the fridge. Take a generous spoonful and pour boiling water over it whenever you've a sore throat, and add more lemons, ginger and honey to the mix as you use it up."
GM Ceosannaceosanna on December 3rd, 2012 08:56 pm (UTC)
That sounds super-easy!