Tuesday, July 24, 2012
I have been firmly stopped in my tracks with a nasty cold/flu which has seen me bedridden for the last three days, and still not feeling any better. Colds of mine have one prevailing characteristic: very watery puffy eyes. So sexy. My left eye is a giant mess, and all I seem to be doing through nose-blows is sleeping and watching trashy movies.
Lemon, manuka honey and ginger drinks have been downed with enthusiasm, and today my friend Kitty took the title of Top Friend when she showed up at lunchtime with free range chicken miso soup and an israeli couscous, beetroot, mint, spinach and chicken salad from our friends at Bird on a Wire in Ponsonby (my current favourite takeaways of choice. Look at that salad!)
Our portions were limited when we encountered a wee soup spillage, but oh boy it was tasty.
I hit the chicken soup jackpot when after a huge afternoon sleep, woke up to a phone call from my Mum, who shortly afterwards showed up on my doorstep with more, this time homemade. There's nothing really quite like it when feeling miserable, and through my watery eyes and permanent grey-hoody-dalmation-pj-pants ensemble, I'm remaining optimistic.
This chicken soupy stew from orangette looks worth a shot, as does smitten kitchen's 44-clove garlic soup. Dariush, the head chef of Auckland's Cazador recommended on twitter that the best cure was to gently poach a whole free range chicken, shred it & serve in the broth with peas and loads of parsley. If I could face getting out in public that's exactly what I'd do. I'll try anything to get me back to health.
What's your best cold cure tip?