Thursday, June 28, 2012

Sniffle, snuffle, cough, cough, cough.....

I do love winter but boy has she swept in with a vengeance round here lately. Generally we are blessed with reasonable fortitude when it comes to colds but the last two weeks we have been working through a batch of nasty coughs, colds and the like.
Some medical assistance was called upon but here at home we have been trying to bolster the fight with some good food and some soothing drinks.
First I tried a Rooibos tea concoction that Linda recommended and found it quite helpful.
I happened upon another recipe when watching a cooking segment on the television and this has become my soothing salvation in the last few days.

A bubbling pot of chicken and vegetable soup was the perfect accompaniment to this mixture:

400ml water
4 cloves
2 star anise
2 cinnamon quills
1 split red chilli
3 cm of ginger, sliced in 3-4 pieces

Put all into saucepan large enough to comfortably hold 1 litre. Bring to the boil and simmer for 3-5 minutes.
Add 150 gms (approx 2 heaped dessertspoons) of honey and 500mls freshly squeezed orange juice.
Simmer for further 5 minutes. Allow to cool slightly then pour into tall glass with cut up orange in it.

The spices are just right and the strong hit of ginger is nice with the background zing of the chilli which apparently speeds up the metabolism to aid the body in fighting off the bugs.

Add some candlelight and the healing begins!

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