I find that my sickbed traditions have changed very little over the years. When I was a kid, being sick meant a few days in bed followed by a day of recovery on the sofa. Camomile tea with honey and miso soup were the proffered remedies.
Now being sick was never fun. But as I recall, the recovery day kinda was. I was still able to stay home from school and milk sympathy from my parents. I remember piling the sofa high with pillows and blankets and nestling myself into the middle to spend the day watching bad television. So sad when my mother would pronounce me better and ship me back to school.
So here I sit, curled up on a sofa buried in pillows and blankets, a steaming mug of camomile tea at my side. Here’s the thing, I don’t even like camomile tea. But my husband is apparently also a believer in its healing properties. The difference is that he adds fresh lemon and thinly sliced ginger to the tea instead of honey. And he hasn’t leaned to make miso soup yet, but luckily we have a Japanese place around the corner which offers take out.
Sniff, yep, I’m sick. I suspect that I was already starting to come down with something on Sunday, when I tried to make this week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe, Veal Chops with Rosemary Butter. How else can I possible explain forgetting the rosemary butter, it’s in the bloody name of the dish for pete’s sake!
Sigh, but moving on. I love veal. I liked the marinade. The forgotten rosemary butter was delicious on toast the next day and probably would have been great on the chops. I had some issues with the recommended cooking times however and ended up throwing mine in the oven while I finished off the sides (broccoli and mashed white beans). Tasty.