the lost week

today marks day 7 of feeling under the weather – the most epic of illnesses i think i’ve ever had. so i thought instead of prolong the silence on the blog any more, i’d just at least show you some of the meals i managed to muster up (that weren’t soup!) with phil’s help of course.

i was feeling pretty proud of myself for avoiding catching a cold when it seemed like everyone was coming down with something. and then i woke up on thursday last week with a fever, chills, aches & pains. so it turns out i would have been happy to settle for a simple little cold rather than this ferocious flu monster that has decided to overstay its welcome. i’ve been taking plenty of my own advice and drinking gallons of lemon & ginger tea, mixed with raw garlic and cayenne pepper and the occasional drop of honey. soup all day every day. and not a whole lot else. just resting, and watching cooking shows on tv, and wondering when i’ll be better.

i’ve been beating myself up about this, since here i am trying to promote health and how eating properly will prevent illness, and then this happens. but that’s not helpful – everyone gets sick, even the healthiest individuals. especially after traveling (disgusting airplane germs) and spending a couple of days in central london amongst the masses (disgusting train germs) – no one is impervious to that. i’m counting my blessings though – at least i don’t have a fever any more, at least i work from home anyway, at least i didn’t catch this during christmas.

so for now, forgive the silence. when i am back to normal (and my tastebuds have returned) i promise more delicious creations and health-inspired info.

in the meantime – here are the two normal meals i managed to cook this past week:

curried chickpeas with spinach and cherry tomatoes. that was lunch one day – i loaded on the spices and tasted nothing, but it looked nice!

oven-roasted salmon with butternut squash, red onion, and rosemary. very warming and stodgy. good stuff.

so i got a bloody nose after blowing my nose too vigorously. once it subsided (longer than i was comfortable with), i wasn’t hungry but knew i needed to eat something for dinner. feeling a bit lightheaded, i sat back down and phil offered to create some small bites for me. the above plate is what he produced. a goats cheese tasting plate! i had two different kinds of hard goats cheese in the fridge, so he cubed both of them up and made 3 different canapes. the first (at the front) is curried goats cheese on a dried apricot. the second (just behind) is a skewer of goats cheese and a walnut, drizzled with maple syrup. and the third (in the middle) is a cube of goats cheddar wrapped in spinach, with tomato and black pepper. it was epic – certainly made me forget all about my stupid nose! p.s. my favorite was the curried one.

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2 Comments on “the lost week”

  1. Kat says:

    What a wonderful fiance you have! Love the look of the goat cheese canapes….glad you’re feeling better! xo

  2. Laura says:

    Sorry you’ve been ill. That’s no bueno! Please don’t beat yourself up over it. It happens, especially in winter! On another note, they’ve let me back into the UK finally so let’s get together and winter grub it up.

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