Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Soft kitty, warm kitty

First off this post has nothing to do with cats, and secondly this is an experiment to see if blogging from a phone actually works, so forgive me for any predictive-text-related screwups!

I'm currently sat in bed, when I should be I work, drinking cups of tea and nursing a stinking cold. So I thought I'd share my getting-over-a-cold-quickly routine.

First in my toolbox, is a spoon if manuka honey... I know I know, not entirely vegan, but the bees will have to forgive me with this one, as I swear it works wonders. You can literally feel the tea tree antiseptic qualities burn the back of you throat as it cleanses its way down.

Next is tea, and lots of it. I like to boil up a batch of yogi tea, as you can make a couple of pints of the stuff in a saucepan, leaving more time to sit in bed.

And if this doesn't work, I don't know what will! Boiled potatoes, with garlic and ginger gravy, boiled cabbage, and wild rocket garnish.

6 medium potatoes, sliced thickly
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp flour
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 chilli, sliced thinly
4 cloves garlic, minced
2" piece of ginger, finely chopped
3 giant cabbage leaves sliced thinly
Chopped rocket to garnish

First get a saucepan half full of water up to boil (a bit of salt helps), and throw in the potatoes to boil, they'll take between 10-15 minutes to cook. Check then with a fork to bake sure, then drain the water, and put the lid back on to keep them hot.

Meanwhile, make the dressing. Heat the oil in a cast iron skillet, and add the flour. Cook for a few minutes, until the flour starts to brown, then add the paprika and chilli. Cook for another few minutes, then add the garlic, ginger and about two cups of water. Now is a good time to add other nice things to the gravy, like a dash of soya sauce, some mustard, or seasoning, but if you're not feeling 100% like me, then this will still do nicely! Simmer the gravy down to a nice consistency, around 3 mins should do, then pour onto the cooked potatoes.

Throw the cabbage leaves into the now-empty skillet, add some boiling water, cover and cook for 5 minutes.

Combine everything together, and garnish with the chopped rocket.

Minimal washing up afterwards, quick and easy, and made up of things you might already have in your cupboard, (especially if you have wild rocket growing in your garden like I do!)