I am not good at being sick
I am the most impatient patient
the Bungalow has ever seen.
When the flu or the common cold strike
I don my nurses cap and gear up to practise medicine
the only way I know
in a holistic and natural way
employing organic and healthy tonics and salves
Nom Jim cough syrup
hot honey and lemon
chewable zinc with vitamin C
hot water bottles
and the best ammunition
the biggest gun in the west
homemade chicken soup.
Mr. HB is stoic and brave and complains very little when he is under the weather
(I'd like him to let me "baby" him)
before they left home
my children would be happy to lie in front of the TV snuggled under their puffy duvets
and they allowed me to dote on them
in fact I think they thrived on it!
I would attend to their every whim
buy them treats
( they had to be genuinely ill, not faking it for a day off school)
I have been sneezing all day
my throat feels scratchy
and my nose feels full
like a wad of cotton wool is hiding inside
On the way home I picked up some chicken bones
for making soup and stock
I like the breasts and backs for this purpose
and in case you have never bought these they are a bargain
for the 3 packages that I bought.
In a large pot put bones in 6 cups water in to boil
add several diced peeled carrots and simmer for an hour
separate bones from stock
Saute 1-2 large diced onions in a knob of butter until soft
cool until you can work with the bones without burning your hands
add chicken stock to the onions
add the cooked carrots
debone and add the chicken bits to thje pot
stir and season
I use about 2 teaspoons of salt
and a tablespoon of Herbes de Provence
and a generous grind of fresh pepper
stir and bring to a boil
add 2 cups dry noodles
Stir and simmer
until noodles are soft
adding more water if necessary
and get well soon!
I think tomorrow will be a PJ Day for me...
stay home all day, read my book, blogs, drink tea, sup soup and maybe catch a chick flick on TV.