Oh dear, oh dear! My two girls sick on either ends of the earth! At about the same time you sent me a message at 4 AM Melbourne time saying you were in terrible pain, I was getting messages from Claudia just up the road at Bishop, asking if I’d come and get her before she keeled over.
I hate you girls being sick! Apart from highly recommending ( I hope you noticed I did not insist) that you call a friend to take you to the ER, there was nothing I could do. Well, we did go and pick Claudia up from school, and she arrived home dragging her feet, and her voice a ragged squeak. How come you both have flu at the same time on opposite ends of the earth? it seems it doesn’t matter where you are in the world right now, someone’s miserable with the flu. Those bugs get around in a flash….
My poor babies! I am glad the doctor saw you quickly Izzy, dosed you up on codeine and ibuprofene for the pain in your ear, and antibiotics for the infection. Ear aches are so painful! Please try and get a hot water bottle: it is very soothing to lay you head on.
Feeling helpless, I cooked chicken soup. I WISH I could fed-ex you a big steaming bowl! Perhaps you could show this recipe to a good samaritan friend who would make it for you. I know you and your sister laugh at my chicken soup obsession, but it DOES comfort the soul, and nourish your body to recovery. When you cook it, don’t stint on the garlic and ginger as they have important healing properties.
Claudia’s dragged herself off to school this afternoon for ‘After Juliet’. As head of set design, she’s busy enough, but the actors have also discovered she’s a deft hand at makeup and hair. So she’s busy behind the scenes, attending to everyone’s needs. Dad and I were at opening night to see the play : it is an impressive production, and an interesting story of what happens with the Motagues and the Capulets after the death of Romeo and Juliet.
Well, enough rambling, darling. Sleep as much as you can, drink lots of tea and water, please get someone to make you this chicken soup, and don’t forget to finish your full course of antibiotics. Dad and I send you lots of love and hugs. Take care of yourself; I am thinking of you. xoxo
Simple Chicken Soup
- 2 sticks celery, chopped
- 2 large carrots, sliced
- 2 large potatoes, cubed
- 2 tablespoons barley
- 1 litre water
- 1 piece chicken breast, cut into very small pieces ( dice)
- 2 teaspoons sesame oil
- 6 cloves garlic, chopped fine
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh ginger
- a few sprigs of cilantro (optional)
- some green shallots diced fine (optional)
- salt to taste ( about two teaspoons)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Heat oil in a soup pot and add the the ginger and garlic.
- When the mixture is fragrant but not too brown, add a litre of water.
- Now add the chicken, and the chopped vegetables and stir well.
- Add the salt and barley and cook on a lowered heat for thirty minutes.
- Remove from the heat, serve in a bowl, add a tiny splash of sesame oil and sprinkle with a sprig of cilantro and some slivers of spring onion.