Would you? Could you?
in a car?
Eat them! Eat them!
Here they are.
You may like them.
You will see.
You may like them
in a tree? Green eggs and ham, Dr Seuss
Today it is winter. With no apologies. It’s a meteorological cacophony – wind, rain, mist, even the suggestion of snow on Table Mountain. And its dragging the colds and flu along with it. Hurumph! And we are running a little close to that pack of wolves.
So I dipped into the pantry and found an old faithful friend – cinnamon. Cinnamon is one of those delightful little spices to have hanging around. It lingers around any cooking dish with a deliciously seductive scent. And it’s a real Trojan when it comes out to fight.A whiff of cinnamon boosts your brain. Even cinnamon-flavored gum enhances memory, visual-motor speed, recognition, attention, and focus. Cinnamon is a wonder spice: it helps to regulate sugar levels; reduces proliferation of leukemia and lymphoma cancer cells; reduces clotting of blood platelets; acts as a antimicrobial, which means it helps with yeast infections; contains the trace mineral manganese and is a very good source of dietary fiber, iron, and calcium. It’s also been used to treat conditions such as coughing, arthritis and sore throats since medieval times.
My other old favourite flu-time friend is raw honey. Called “the nectar of the Gods” by ancient Greeks, honey is one of the most multifaceted staples in your pantry. And, above all, it is a delicious, healing food. Raw honey is a shining example of food as medicine. Your grandmother’s home remedy of dosing you with a bit of honey for your cough seems to have some science behind it afterall. With our without the whiskey, honey has promising evidence as a cough suppressant.
So with all this evidence behind me, and weather and malaise swirling around me, it was time for a good cup of chilli chai chocolate. We were on the move so we took it take away in enamel mugs with our leftover pumpkin donuts on the side.
Quick and simple flu remedy – Chilli Chai Chocolate
1 tsp cocoa powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp honey
200 ml medium hot water
Some warm milk or coconut cream
Mix the cocoa, cinnamon and honey with a small amount of the water into a paste. Once the ingredients are mixed well top up with the hot water. Add milk/coconut cream to taste. Slurp down with a pumpkin donut. Mmmm, medicine never tasted this good.
This would work as a good elixir all through winter for concentration and focus too!