OK OK. So I am being a bit hyperbolic. Nevertheless cold and flu season is nearly upon us.
And there are some time tested things that you can do to lessen the chances of getting sick this winter, and/or lessen the severity and length of those pesky common cold and flu bugs.
I combed the following sites to bring the best of the best medical information out there to you: Web MD, ABC News, healthline.com, Huffington Post, Fox News, likes.com, and health.com.
In no particular order:
1. Get plenty of fresh air. Visit a park, go camping, commune with nature. This seems to be a big thing in Japan right now. Apparently there is even some research that confirms there is an immune boost from being outside in fresh air. In Japan they even have a name for it – ‘forest therapy.’
2. Wash your hands a lot.
3. Gargle with salt water.
4. Eat apples and drink green tea. Both seem to have some antioxidant properties.
5. Keep nasal passages moist. There are many products out there to keep nasal passages. Find one that works for you.
6. Drink plenty of liquids.
7. First sign of a cold take zinc. Contrary to popular belief there is no research that shows Vitamin C stops a cold. Instead, take zinc. There is some research zinc helps. I used it last winter. Worked like a dream.
8. Eat plenty of garlic. For real.
9. This next one is a hard one as I love good wine – limit alcohol. It tends to depress the immune system.
10. This next one will make up for Number 9. Have sex. Make love. Evidently some research shows sex boosts cold fighting antibodies. Even if it doesn’t you will feel happier while you are sick.
11. Listen to your favorite music.
12. Stay positive.
Here’s wishing you a cold free fall, winter, and spring.
Featured Recipe Lemon Soup
As Ideals Gourmet on the Go Cookbook says of this recipe, this soup, “is a proper start for a Greek dinner.
I almost shared it a few posts back when I posted Pork Chops À La Grecque. It would be a perfect starter for that dish.
Not only is a perfect beginning for a Greek meal, it is quick and easy and ever so yummy!
I like it as a beginning course even when I don’t serve Greek food. I love the flavor of lemon. So this is a quick go to when all I want is a light meal of soup and a salad or sandwich.
A perfect Fast Food Meal!
I also like it on those nights when I get a Gyro at my fave Greek carry-out.
This is what you will need for 6 people:
6 cups chicken broth
½ cup raw rice
2 egg yolks
Juice of 1 lemon
Here is what you do:
Bring the chicken broth to a boil. Add the rice.
NOTE: You cannot see the rice as it all fell to the bottom. But trust me. I did put the the rice in the pan. See the bowl is empty.
Simmer for about 30 minutes or until the rice is tender. Below – checking the rice for tenderness.
Separate the eggs. Save the whites for another recipe.
NOTE: My egg separating lacks finesse. At east one yolk breaks every time.
Add the lemon juice to the egg yolks and beat the egg yolk and the lemon juice until frothy; that is until there are little bubbles on top.
Place 1 cup of the chicken broth into a large measuring cup.
Then s-l-o-w-l-y stir the frothy egg mixture into the cup of broth.
Now pour this mixture back into the rest of the soup, stirring constantly.
Mix the soup well and reheat to just below the boiling point and serve immediately.
I like to serve with a slice or two of lemon floating on top.
NOTE: If you want a thicker soup, add a pinch or two of cornstarch and mix into the soup very well and let cook a few minutes.
6 cups chicken broth $3.96
½ cup raw rice $0.18
2 egg yolks $0.24
Juice of 1 lemon $0.69
Total cost = $5.07
Cost per person = $0.85
Quote of the Day
People get so in the habit of worry that if you save them from drowning and put them on a bank to dry in the sun with hot chocolate and muffins they wonder whether they are catching cold.
John Jay Chapman