Thursday, July 15, 2010

What to Do When Food Tastes Like a Ceramic Fridge Magnet

I have recently come down with a particualry bad sinus cold, the result of which has been a several day long inability to taste anything.  My high school biology teacher said that losing one's sense of taste during a cold was an old wives' tale, but nothing's tasted right since some time on Saturday.

This is inconvenient if one has a food blog to write.

It's true that sick vegetarians cannot rely on chicken soup, however there are many ways one can tempt oneself to eat while sick. Here's a list of some:

Hot Sauce
"Burning" may not be a flavor, but a dash of hot sauce in some home made broth or on top of some fresh vegetables will certainty clear your sinuses.

A hot mug of tea is good all year around, however in the summer I like to follow my boyfriend's aunt's lead and get a 2 quart plastic pitcher, and throw three to five tea bags in it.  Fill it with water, stick it in the fridge, wait overnight, and you have efficient, no boil iced tea.

Oranges, Lemons, and Limes
Once rare and prized in New England for their ability to keep away disease today's sick vegetarian can use them to flavor just about anything.  I like to toss a can of mandarin slices in with my raspberries and blueberries, and drizzle it with lime.

What to eat when you can't stand the thought of eating anything that requires actual prep time or tastes like much of anything.
Short oatmeal recipe:
1 cup instant oats
2 cups hot water
cinnamon or jam to taste
Pour the hot water on the oats and stir until the oats absorb the water.  Mix in the cinnamon or jam.  Add milk if you want just that much food.  Try to eat.

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