I have spent the last few days trying to fight off a bout of the flu. Not funny stuff! Sadly missing work despite life threatening illness is considered a terrible weakness so no lazing in bed for me. It comes as no huge surprise to me that my last few weeks of hectic partying have come back to haunt me. But I have been trying every herbal and hardcore cure I can and I think I am on the mend. The girls at work are all fighting off the same thing and here is our tried and tested recipe for restoring ginger tea.
one knob of ginger
honey to taste
Grate the ginger into a large pot and cover with boiling water. (I use the microplane grater as it grates very finely and without too much washing up but a normal grater will do) Bring to the boil and simmer for a few minutes. Add the juice of a lemon and honey to taste. Strain and serve. Al really likes this cold like a kind of ginger beer. If you are in need of a hot toddy just add a tot of brandy. But beware this has quite a kick. I make a large batch and store it in the fridge and just heat a cup in the micro when I am in need. On the whole this recipe makes one feel wonderfully virtuous and Caroline insists that it makes her skin incredibly soft, not to mention that ginger is shown to improve the immune system and kill off various viruses...