Good Food Blog
How to cure a coldPosted at 1:00PM, 11 January 2011 by Emily Boyce - Sub-editor, bbcgoodfood.com
For the past couple of months, at least one member of the bbcgoodfood.com team has had a sniffle in rotation, and at times there's been a veritable chorus of nose-blowing around our desks. It's not just us of course, as the cold and flu season is in full swing and some reports suggest it's worse than usual this year.
In desperation, we reached out to our Facebook friends yesterday, asking for any tips on how to cure a cold. Along with some more unusual suggestions (including mulled wine, 'not just for Christmas'), these were their top five tried-and-tested remedies:
1. Old classic Chicken soup, or as one of our Facebook fans called it, 'Jewish penicillin'. With noodles, for extra comfort-factor.
2. Variations on hot lemon and honey, with or without an added shot of whisky (making it a Hot toddy).
3. Garlic - in tea, if you can stomach the taste; raw, if your friends and family can bear your breath; or used in your cooking.
4. Ginger - again in tea or in your cooking.
5. A punchy curry with lots of chilli to clear the airways and antibacterial turmeric. This has the added benefit of being one of the few things you can still taste when your taste buds are shot.
There's something very satisfying about making yourself meals designed to fight your illness; it allows you to feel you're doing yourself good, even if it's just cheering you up a bit rather than providing a miracle cure.
When I'm feeling sorry for myself, I retreat to the foods my mum gave me when I was poorly. Top of the list is tinned tomato soup with sliced white bread - somehow the sweet, vividly orange liquid becomes appealing in a way it never is when I'm on top form.
What do you eat when you're under the weather?