I think I had actually forgotten what it was like to be ill. Until a couple of years ago, I used to be one of those people that got sick all the time – I have terrible allergies and if I got a particularly bad allergy attack, it would develop into a full-blown cold that would hang around for around a week. Not just a little sniffly, sneezy cold but one that left me incapacitated and seriously considering buying shares in Kleenex. I also seemed to be incredibly susceptible at catching whatever bug was going around at the time.
I don’t know if I’ve grown out of it or my immune system has just developed over the past few years but now, I am very rarely sick (in a cold/flu kind of way, at least). I do eat fairly healthily (‘fairly’ being the operative word there) but then I was never a terrible eater, so that’s not changed too much; I am probably just a bit of a better cook now. And I used to live in ‘sunny’ Australia and am now in drizzly London so you’d think I’d be more cold-ridden over here. However, in general, I am not.
But… right now I am ill. A box of tissues within a few hours ill. Continuous old-man coughing ill. Asthma-flaring ill. Aching body, aching head, zero-energy, cold sweats ill. I spent most of the weekend in bed with my wheat pack (vanilla-scented – none of this super allergy-enhancing lavender stuff), a giant box of tissues and big glass of Vitamin C-filled orange juice, and drugged up on Day & Night Nurse, Nurofen + and chesty cough syrup.
Feeling horrendous barely makes me feel like eating, let along cooking, so on my way home from work yesterday (fate of course being the delight that it is, had me down as working my one Saturday a month when I’m sick – hooray!) I grabbed something from the frozen-foods aisle in Sainbury’s. (The shame.)
As it was on special, I bought Amy’s Kitchen’s Rice Mac & Cheese, which I’d never had before. It’s vegetarian and gluten-free and not as orange as it looks on the package! The rice noodles used for the pasta were quite squishy, with a consistency closer to gnocchi than pasta, which was perfect for a sore throat. It also wasn’t overly cheesy and rich like a lot of ready-made mac & cheese tends to be. It was pretty tasty, though the flavours may have been dulled slightly by my stuffy nose, but I’d probably eat it again.
Today I only managed a veggie sushi wrap and a small bowl of Tomato & Lentil Soup with toast. Not sure I quite hit my 5 a day quota.
Now, I know chicken soup is the old wives’ tale, go-to meal when someone’s ill – does anyone have any veggie-friendly suggestions for my cure?