Last week was Sao Joao here in Goa – The catholic feast in honor of the saint John the Baptist. Villagers celebrate by jumping into the sea, rivers, pools and wells and on top of that it must be raining as well otherwise it’s not a real Sao Joao! Anyway, the monsoon season here in Goa, India has turned out earlier this year and it has been quite strong, so we didn’t have to worry if it would rain this year for Sao Joao. In the following days after Sao Joao I could hear the first coughs around me at the post office and shops. That is how the cold started and now I am sitting here wiping my nose. I know, the picture is not very appetizing, god da** it, this is a Food Blog!
You are right! Guess what the good food stuff isn’t far. Before I was attacked by the vicious cold symptoms, I had been “treating” my husband who was croaking like a poor hurt raven. I was cooking and cooking and cooking and cooking. Guess what, it helped and he is jumping around, filled with energy and power once again. Of course if his condition would have turned out worse, we would have visited the doctor but luckily we didn’t have too and my homemade “remedies” or let’s say recipes worked out just fine. So how did I do it?
I have a few basic recipes that are my “when I am getting a cold recipe”. They are simple and easy to recreate, keeping in mind that we all are like babies when the common cold hits us. Those recipes for a cold have healing and or nurturing benefits and they have been used by our ancestors the same way before.
So next time if you are facing the first cold symptoms, start with the recipes listed underneath and soon you will be over the mend, as simple as that!
Lemon is rich in antioxidant, honey smooths the throat and so does ginger. A powerful Tea!
Great when you have a hangover but also useful when you are out of energy and when you need to clean your body from inside out.
Chamomile relaxes the body and stomache, makes you sleepy and it’s great when you are facing cold symptoms.
Warms your bones from inside out with the alcohols and spices in the beverage and the orange is rich in vitamin C.
Comforting Indian Monsoon Tea that will boost your health.
A clear vegetable Consommé is a must when you need to gain energy but your stomach won’t take vegetable bits.
Onion detoxify the body and the Onion soup will help you clear your sinus too.
Very rich healthy soup to gain appetite and energy again. Best when your cold is coming to an end.
The meat will boost your energy levels and supply your week body with nutrients.
A guestpost by Aimee. This souo has become my go to soup too when I am ill.
Very useful but plain dish that originates from Goa India. Eat it when your stomach won’t take anything else or when you are weak.