Food Monday ~ Preparing for Winter

I woke this morning to the first real sign of the change in the seasons: A line of condensation on the inside of my bedroom window.

Time to prepare for the winter ahead.

Sore throat remedy.

  • Turmeric
  • Honey
  • Ground basil
  • Hot water or milk

Make a paste of about a tablespoon in total – equal portions of each turmeric, honey and ground basil then dilute to about half a glass in hot water or more usually milk.

Gargle well and swallow. Repeat gargling to use all of the mixture.
Try it before going to bed and Bingo! – Next morning your throat should no longer feel like sandpaper!

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Cold Cure

  • 1 large mug
  • 3 spoons of honey
  • 3 thin slices of root ginger
  • 2 lemon slices
  • 1 hefty shot of whiskey
  • 12 cloves
  • Pinch of Cinnamon

Stud the lemon slices with cloves put in mug with the remaining ingredients. Pour boiling water over the lot – drink – enjoy – Sleep like a baby

I suggest you print these out and stick them inside the door of your medicine cupboard. Well, it is the first place you go to seek out relief for all ailments.

19 thoughts on “Food Monday ~ Preparing for Winter

  1. bitchontheblog

    Yes, Grannymar, sore throats. A loyal friend throughout my life. My tonsils (in the mother lingo we call them rather sweetly ‘almonds’) are huge. Luckily my mother resisted the trend of the time to have mine surgically removed. She firmly believed (and is right) that (apart from an appendix) most parts of the body do serve a function. If only to annoy you. Since you too appear to be of the no nonsense variety too I am sure you’ll agree.

    My remedy of choice (not as indulgent as yours) is hot water, freshly squeezed lemon and honey. And gargling with (cooled down) sage tea. Good job I didn’t become an opera singer. My vocal chords probably not insurable.


    1. Grannymar

      Sorry,Ursula, I cannot agree with you about tonsils. I had both tonsils and adenoids removed when I was about six years of age. Thankfully, with them went the dreadful earaches I had been so prone to.

      Often when I write these posts, I wonder what variations I will learn about in the comments. Today I am not disappointed.

  2. Chuck McConvey

    Honey and cinnamon seem to create magic elixirs….I remember my grandmother using honey, lemon and hot water – my other grandma added bourbon to the mix fior a hot toddy – those woirked too

    1. Grannymar

      Chuck, I think every family has their own ‘special’ cure all! Daddy would suggest whiskey, but mammy did not like the taste of any alcohol and had no idea of measures. To be generous, she would pour it for guests…. like lemonade!


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