(From Jan. 2)
As my three weeks of hellacious, uninterrupted small whiny children are coming to an end, we have - of course! - caught another cold. I think my headache-o-meter is miscalibrated from the six months of migraines (plus another six months when I was pregnant!). I only realized that I had one after I screamed at Bug at the top of my lungs. Mother of the year right here. Tylenol gives me rebound headaches, NSAIDs give me ulcers, and I'm right out of opiates. So here's my family's traditional remedy for when everyone's ill. I gave Bug a little glass and Tatoe a few teaspoons and then they took a nap while I drank the rest, and now I no longer want to hide in a closet and weep!
1) Make ginger syrup. (If you are my family, you have this around anyways. Perhaps one can buy it as well.) Peel and thinly slice a ginger root or three. Cover generously with water - a couple cups per medium-sized root- and add a couple cups of sugar. Simmer uncovered for a couple of hours. Strain the syrup off and put in your refrigerator; save the ginger, which is now mostly candied, and put it in cookies or something. Or, if you're me, eat it. Delicious with chocolate.
2) Boil a cup of water. Add a shot of bourbon (or brandy), a few tablespoons of ginger syrup, and lemon juice to taste. (I like a couple of tablespoons.)
3) Drink. Feel all better.