Yesterday and today I have had the pleasure (not) of having a virus. Aches, fevers, sore throat and exhausted. As a result I have had cravings for hot lemon & honey drinks and chicken noodle soup. Today I felt better than yesterday and have been able to fulfill my cravings.
Normally I just have a Lemon and Honey drink, however today I really craved Ginger. After a quick Tweet the lovely Jane from Janezworld directed me to some Ginger Tea recipes. The recipe below is what I made and it was amazingly delicious.
Ginger, Lemon & Honey Drink
- 1 inch knob of ginger peeled and sliced into about 6 slices
- 2 cups water
- juice from 1/2 lemon
- 1 teaspoon Organic Honey
Put ginger and water into a saucepan and bring to boil. Boil for approximately 5 minutes. Pour water, strain ginger out, into a mug. Squeeze in juice of half a lemon and add 1 teaspoon honey, stir and enjoy. Oh my goodness it is so warming and delicious. If you love ginger you will love this.
Chicken Meatball & Noodle Soup
- 500 grams chicken mince
- 2 cloves crushed/minced garlic
- salt & pepper to taste
- fresh thyme (however much you like)
- 1/2 cup parmesan cheese (grated)
Mix together in a bowl and leave while you cut up the ingredients for the soup. I make the actual meat balls while the soup is cooking.
- 2 onions
- 2 stalks celery
- 4 carrots
- 2 massell chicken stock cubes
- 2 litres chicken stock plus approx 1 litre of extra water
- Angel hair pasta (or whatever you like – San Remo Gluten Free also works really well)
Chop onion and celery and put in saucepan with 2 massel stock cubes and a splash of olive oil. Cook until soft and fragrant. Add chopped carrots (I cut them in half long ways and then chop) and let cook with onions and celery for five or so minutes. While this is happening roll the mince mixture into balls – smallish ones about the size of a golf ball. Add the stock and when hot put all the meat balls into the pot. Put a lid on and cook. Don’t boil too hard, a simmer is good. I usually cook for an hour or longer – I believe the longer you simmer soup the better it tastes. You can add additional water – just taste as you go to make sure it still taste flavoursome. Prior to serving add angel hair pasta broken up into 3 cm pieces. Tastes really good with a little bit of parmesan cheese sprinkled on top.
Those are my favourite medicines when I’m sick and sooky lal la. What is your favourite “medicine”?