What can you expect when you teach snotty little kids that don’t bother to use tissues or wash their hands frequently? Or should I expect to have a stronger immune system after sharing the close quarters of public transportation for almost two years?
Last week, the inside of my ears started to itch, and I thought I had allergies. But when “it” moved to my nose and swelled in my glands, I had to admit la gripa had a hold of me. That’s what they call a cold or the flu here. I still haven’t figured out exactly what they mean, because I always thought the flu meant vomiting. Anyway…
With colds come remedies: I had gargled with salt-water. I had squeezed oranges for juice. I had chopped mangoes, pineapple and banana for even more vitamin c. Panela? Check. Tea with honey and lemon? Check. Beef (some article on the internet says beef is a good source of zinc!)? If hamburgers count ( : Check!
Then yesterday one of my students gave me her husband’s remedy (which would please my father-in-law): a clove of garlic blended with the juice of 1/2 a lemon. Surprisingly, it didn’t taste so awful, but it did give me the chills as I took the first swig.
For lunch I had the favored chicken soup, and then thought about how to get some ginger and garlic into our diet. At first, I was going to make chicken stir-fry with ginger and sesame seeds. However, my foggy brain couldn’t figure out what vegetables to include. So, I ended up buying some shredded cabbage and carrots from the salad lady. There were some leftover crepes in the freezer, so I decided to see how they would do as a substitute for egg roll wrappers. They worked alright, but the texture wasn’t the same, and they really soak up the oil you fry them in.
“Jolly Good Filling” ~ Joel
shredded: cabbage & carrots
chives (?) cebollin in Spanish
chopped white onion
shredded, cooked chicken breast