A Sweet Luxury

Archived | January 20, 2015 | By

Listened to the show Saturday and it was not bad. I’d spent the afternoon reading up on flu cures, and I must say that other than Tamiflu, if you can get to it in time, there isn’t much out there. I don’t have the flu, but it seems to be quite virulent and it may come this way one of these days and I’m inclined to be prepared. I don’t remember my grandmothers running to and fro for doctor visits and prescriptions; they were more about a cup of this or a shot of that, and it always seemed to work.

What I’ve learned about a home cure for the flu is you can gargle and steam shower and use compresses and all of that will help, but your best bet is to start with a mug of hot water. You could steep an herbal tea bag in there awhile, or simply go with hot water, which I prefer, and stir in a teaspoon of lemon juice, and a teaspoon of honey. If you’ve got a cough, add more honey. If your nose is congested, add a drop of peppermint oil, and double it if your chest is all mucked up. If you are sneezing a good deal, add a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar, and if your throat hurts, another teaspoon of honey. For body aches, a dash of turmeric, which works against inflammation. And if you’re feeling nauseated, add a dash of ground ginger, or a pinch or two of fresh ginger. Drink all you want of your concoction, and you’re bound to feel better. No side effects and a lot of fluid to boot.

Now, if you’re having some trouble sleeping, nothing at all wrong with one more mug — this time with a teaspoon of honey, and a shot of whiskey or bourbon. This has worked for me many a time, and sometimes good sleep and rest is about all else a person can do when the flu has taken over, and if it takes a shot of Jack Daniels to get there, well, I’m all for it.

What helps, I might add, and can often make a vast difference, is if someone were to mix it all up for you. I don’t know what the added benefit might be called other than comfort, but it adds a kind of tingle, the cozy feeling of being cared for. Being tucked in is a bonus, too, and attended to now and then with a cool hand on the forehead, another blanket, a lozenge perhaps, a plate of crackers or fruit. Just having someone near seems to help. A presence, hovering now and then, making rustling sounds in the other room, moving about through the house. Someone who knows you aren’t well, and is willing to pick up the slack, and take care of things so you can sip your honey-lemon-ginger drink, and rest awhile. A sweet luxury in a life full of everything else, and a gift, too, should you be the one making the tea and doing the tucking in.

Tried these over the holidays, and my, did they go over well. I’m thinking this might be the perfect snack while watching football on a cold January afternoon.

Savory Sausage Bites

1 lb Jimmy Dean hot sausage
1 lb hamburger
1 lb Velveeta
Salt, pepper and parsley to taste
Cocktail rye bread

Brown sausage and hamburger in skillet; mix well and drain. Add 1 lb Velveeta cut up in small chunks, and melt with meat, stirring well.

Add salt, pepper and parsley to taste. Spread on cocktail rye bread and place on cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes, and serve.

For the record, these snacks freeze well when stored in a Ziploc.