Being sick in summer is the worst. Especially if you live in England where blue skies and sunshine are rare. When my Casablanca lilies are in bloom and the berries out back are ripe, I want to be outside. Not tucked up in bed surrounded by Kleenex, wearing socks, and smelling of menthol.
To me, summer means swings on which to swing. Or if you’re Southern, swangs on which to swang. A boat pond begging for paper schooners to sail across its surface. Berries for crumble and cobbler that won’t pick themselves. Bubbles to blow, daisy chains to make, and roses that I want in my cheeks instead of just in a bedside vase.
That’s why this weekend I said chest colds be damned and made a delicious lunch to heal all the family.
If you’re like me you might not think much of celery on its own. Sure it’s great for adding depth to things like chicken stock or bolognese, but by itself I’m never tempted. Unless it’s in a soup. Which is exactly what I made. My recipe is as simple as it is savory and equally delicious.
The other thing I made was a drink I call Hot Ginger & Dynamite. It’s a potent hot lemonade with a fiery kick that’ll burn whatever ails you. Ginger to heal, honey to soothe, and lots of lemon for vitamin C. Cold medicine’s never tasted so good. Except maybe at night when I like to add a splash of whisky to it.
Below are my recipes. Though they have healing powers they’re also great to make when you just want to eat something good and clean. I hope you enjoy them.
2 bunches of celery (with leaves–that’s where the flavor is), washed and chopped
1 onion, chopped
chicken or vegetable stock (or just water)
2 Tbsp olive oil + 1Tbsp butter
Marigold stock powder (optional)
Heat the oil and butter in a large heavy bottomed pot over medium heat. Sauté the onions and celery until soft.
Here is where I stir in a tablespoon or two of Marigold powder for a extra depth, but you certainly don’t have to.
Add the stock or water. I put in enough to cover the celery by half an inch. Simmer for 20 minutes.
Lastly, blend until smooth then serve. If you haven’t used Marigold powder, do be sure to season with salt.
Hot Ginger & Dynamite
the juice of 3 lemons
1-2square inches of freshly grated ginger
2 mug fulls of water
1/4 cup honey and then some to taste
Bring the lemon juice, ginger, and water to a boil. Turn down and simmer for at least 10 minutes. Stir in the 1/4 cup honey until dissolved. If you want it sweeter, add more 1 tablespoon at a time to suit your taste.