Its definitely a season of colds and coughs, and while I’ve been lightly touched by it my partner’s been floored by one of the bugs doing the rounds. Being asthmatic, the slightest bit of sickness tends to get amplified and she’s not the world’s greatest patient – grumpy, short-tempered, tired and generally angry at being unwell – but then I joke and make her smile and its like the sun coming out from behind the clouds. Its lovely to see, even if I have to duck out the way as she gets racked by a coughing fit as a result of the laughing….
So today she’s allowed me to convince her to stay home and not cough all over her minions at the office – which means that I’m diving between writing for nanowrimo and making my hot tea toddy for her with the tv on in the background catching up on the last couple of episodes of Hell’s Kitchen USA. As I’m mostly transcribing notes for the writing today its not too distracting.
I can tell that t’other half is waxing and waning healthwise by how chatty or not she’s being.
For those who don’t know what a hot tea toddy is – here’s a quick and simple recipe with off-the-shelf ingredients:
You will need: boiling water, teabags, honey, lemon juice, cheap blended whisky.
Instructions: Boil the kettle and add the water to a teabag in a large mug – allow to steep for a minute or so and then remove it – I usually give the bag a bit of a squeeze with the back of a spoon to eke a little more flavour out. Add a generous dollop of honey – about a teaspoon or two – cheap supermarket own-brand runny honey does perfectly well and then 2-3 teaspoons of lemon juice. You’re looking for the clear golden colour of the tea to turn smokily yellow in colour and texture. Then add a splash of whisky to taste.
Don’t drive after consuming