23 November 2010

candles and colds

Another birthday, this time mine,  lemon poppy seed cake (my favourite) and organic lotions 
I can not complain... although it was a rocky and long work day 
and I am down for the count with a cold.
The kind of cold when the pressure in your head makes every movement feel an effort in slow motion, as if  attached to your shoulders is actually a sphere of led. 

So as the evening falls and chilly winds blow(it's all relative)
I will be making this...
Discovered when six years ago (almost to the day) we were visiting Dublin on a particularly frosty weekend, we stopped in this old smoky pub and I was offered this-  a large lemon wedge stuffed with about 8 cloves, some boiling water, a tablespoon of honey and a small shot of Whisky...
 PERFECT  I tell you, for when you have the chills and are ready for bed.

The other thing I like to make when someone in our family is sick with a cold or a sore throat is this,
Greek Egg Lemon Soup
4 cups chicken or vegetable stock
1/4 cup orzo pasta
the juice of one lemon
one egg
salt and pepper to taste
The directions are as follows, Boil the orzo for 12 min in the stock, meanwhile whisk the egg and add in the lemon juice, when totally blended add small spoonfuls of the stock to the egg mixture till you have added about 1 cup of the hot liquid, then add the egg mixture back into the pot and reduce heat, do not let it boil. It will thicken a bit as it cools. Add salt and pepper to taste. 
serves two


  1. nothing like a home remedy when you are feeling under the weather. My Mom always insists of honey and lemon. and soup, lots of it.

    happy belated birthday. hope you feel better soon.

  2. Happy birthday to you! Hope you are feeling better soon, thanks for the recipes.

  3. Oh happy birthday! I love birthdays! and this month is full of them at your house. How lovely! Sorry to hear about the cold, petit caramel has been sneezing all day... I hope you feel better soon. A little something is on its way... may take a month or so to get there but I really hope sooner. Again, best wishes and many kisses!

  4. Ah, that Dublin treat is perfect indeed! I have had a few too many of that kind of cold in the past two years (Q is prone to sinus infections) and I will try this next time.

    Happy Birthday to you! Many hugs and a quick recovery!

    Is that soup called avgo lemono (sp?) It's ringing a bell. Some of my family's best friends when I was small were from Greece and they made a soup like that all the time. Delicious!

  5. So sorry that you are under the weather and hoping that the "pub-cure" works its magic! Wishing you a very wonderful birthday and hope that you can celebrate (perhaps again) after you are feeling better.


  6. HAPPY BIRTHDAY JUNIPER!!! ...and Yes, the lemon tea is the best. I drink hot lemonade (as we call it) when we get colds and it's the only thing that seems to help. GET BETTER SOON :^)

    Oh yummy "egg drop soup"!

  7. Das muß ja ein besonders gutes Rezept sein.
    Schmeckt bestimmt auch noch gut.
    Liebe Grüsse

  8. Glad you had a nice day for your birthday. oh Lemons..... I've just baked lemon pudding , and have loads of lemon baking recipes to make...... too many lemons in our lemon tree. (would you like a dozen of lemons?)

  9. Happy Birthday! Hope you are feeling well soon and that all of your birthday wishes come true. Matzo Ball soup always works wonders around here.

  10. Happy Birthday. My cold started today and I just made your hot toddy recipe sans whiskey. Thanks so much for mentioning it. I will tuck in shortly and pray tomorrow finds us both healthy again

  11. Happy belated Birthday dear Juniper and a quick recovery from your cold!

    This is the season for colds, coughs and sneezes... here as well.

    I have been kind of Blog-Lazy past weeks, to much going on here - preparing the garden for winter, baking for St.Martin, crafting lanterns, sewing doll clothes for christmas, baking christmas cookies, leaving the house for a looong weekend with Mr. and little ones, ...

    Big hug,


  12. i am so liking all your foodie posts this week. delish!

    belated happy birthday!

  13. Ohhhhhhhh, HAppy Happy Birthday!
    I'm a bad friend sending you no card!!!!

    I wish you health love and happiness forever!

    Get well soon,

    Lots of love Guusje

  14. Thank you all for you well wishes!

  15. Oh that's one of my favorite soups! Yum! Hope you are better now!


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