Contagion

I have been bed ridden for the past week. Upon starting a new job I was not fond of, one of the trainers was very ill, and I am highly susceptible to other people’s bugs.  Not only did I get the stuffy nose, sore throat and headaches, but the co worker generously gave me pink eye too.

I can not stress enough how important it is to not go to work with a contagion.  One person’s cold virus can turn into another person’s pneumonia, then the person with pneumonia is getting reprimands from work because they are too sick to work.

If you have to be sick, be considerate of the public.  DON’T SPREAD YOUR VIRUS! Wear a mask, wash your hands, don’t share drinks, or food.  You know, the things they taught us in second grade about being hygienic.

I am not the type to go to work, or even leave my home when I am sick.  I keep my germs to myself, call me selfish.  I like to sleep, sleep and sleep some more with hot drinks in between naps. None of this going to work, puking my guts out, then going back to my shift touching everything possible.

Attention Walmart shoppers!  I work for an inventory company that counts all the products sold at walmart, So this co worker of mine was coughing, sneezing, and touching everything sold at walmart.  Chances are, if you shop at walmart, and are now sick, it is from thoughtless employees, and even more thoughtless management for forcing workers to work sick. Shame onto any company that does not allow their employees to take time off for being too sick to work.  SHAME ON YOU WALMART!

 

 

Oh the Garlic

Everything natural, organic, fresh.  That is the way to help the body stay healthy.  This planet has given us everything we need to live healthy lives.  When my body is out of balance, I do research.  I figure out what is ailing me, and eat my way out of it.  A lot of us already knew that garlic is amazing in so many types of food, and we have all heard that it has healing properties.  That’s because it is a strong natural antibiotic.

My roommate is always after me to make garlic broth, usually because one of us has been exposed to cold viruses.  One might think that drinking a cup of garlic broth would make for some horrendous garlic breath.  I have yet to come across that issues.  However, there are some side effects of a heavy garlic diet that might surprise some people, like flatulence. Yup! Really loud and potent flatulence.  Make sure you are with someone you love when having garlic broth.  Oh, and have the ability to laugh at what you can not control.

I use usually about 5 whole bulbs of garlic. Yeah, whole bulbs.  I’ve tried using less, but the flavor isn’t there, it ends up tasting like weak sauce.

Two tablespoons of oil, any oil will work. Olive oil has the most health properties, where clarified butter gives it a much richer taste.

Lemon juice and salt to taste.  My roommate likes to drop Braggs Organic Cider vinegar in hers, which boost a lot of the good stuff in the broth plus adds a depth of flavor (if you try this, it is better if you like the vinegar aroma essence).

I use my favorite stock pot for this because it is the only pot I have big enough to contain this brew.  It has a nice heavy bottom which distributes the heat more evenly.

This only takes about ten minutes really.  Heat the oil in the pan over a medium medium heat and throw all the garlic in when the oil is hot.  It should sizzle a little.

Now, the guy who introduced me to garlic broth would leave the skins on the garlic.  I have done it that way.  The only difference is there is one less preparation step.

Stirring the garlic around in the hot oil caramelizing the cloves gently.  Once they start to turn golden on one side, smash them as best you can with a potato masher while they cook.  It’s almost done.

The bottom of the pot now has stuck on little bits of yumminess. This is when I add some salt.  I give the mashed cloves a stir in the pot, then add a cup of water to deglaze the pot.  Once the bottom is clean, I let it simmer for a minute, then add water.  A lot of water: 8 cups is usually my goal.  I use an emulsifier to pulverize the remaining bits of garlic.  This isn’t necessary, I prefer the color of the broth after emulsifying it. Try not to boil this, let it come to a gentle simmer, then turn it off.

Strain it.  I squeeze as much of the liquid I can out of the strained garlic bits with a wooden spoon and a wire mesh strainer.  The first cup is always too hot to drink immediately.  I use a spoon to taste the end product.  It usually needs more salt.  I never put in enough salt.  What is left over, I freeze.  I will use this broth for other soup bases, like potato soup, or chicken, or even just noodles.

As for the flatulence, just don’t drink that much.  Keep it to 6 fluid ounces. Especially if you do not already have a garlic rich diet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There can’t be Flowers without Rain

I am a work in progress. When my inner critic steps forth and has nothing good to say about anything,  I try to give myself some forgiveness room. This applies to all of my life, everything I do. Especially when it comes to stepping out of my comfort zone.

I still am highly intimidated by making some things.  Which is normal, I love feeling normal.  Knowing that I am not alone in being apprehensive on approaching something new, and those before me were successful in their endeavors lends to my perseverance. Typically it comes out “If So-n-so can do it, I can do it.”

When I fail at something, I can be brutal on myself.  As we all know, we are our own worst critic.  Which means it is important to look at every failure as an opportunity to learn something.  Learn something about what the failure was all about, where it went wrong, what could have been done differently, and how to approach it for success.

Many of us know this already, however, it is good to be reminded now and then.

Time for Tea

Research!  I adore it.  We are so lucky to have one of the most powerful information tools in our very hands.  It is truly like having my own Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.  The amount of information I can find is only limited by the questions I ask of the internet search engines.  Tonight, I wanted to learn more about tea.

I have about 2 to 4 cups a day of tea.  If the tea is hot, I drink less. If the tea is cold, it is watered down by ice. I have never liked my tea sweetened, even as a child when I liked sugar on everything. Tea was never one of those everythings.  No lemon, no milk, just black tea.  Hot tea has always relaxed me enough to sleep.  Of course, a nice cuppa before bed will always remind me of my time spent in the UK.  I grew up on iced tea.  I didn’t drink a lot of sodas growing up.  They were always too burpy.

Tea has always been said to be “good for you” by countless GrandMama’s, Nana’s, Gram’ma’s,  Gee Ma’s and O-ma’s. Turns out that black tea is full of things that we need.  I found this really amazing article on Cinnamon Vogue, citing loads of research studies on black tea and it’s components.

This planet has given us everything we need to live a healthy life.  To be able to enjoy all these great things is a joy within itself.