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Re: Cooking for Comfort

Posted: Tue Sep 25, 2018 8:37 am
by betterinrecovery
Dear Maisi and Chris,
just having a read of our conversations on this thread... :D :D
(Very therapeutic)
I have a chest infection so have been coughing up a lung..No two lungs.
Oh My!

Very is good to be able to laugh at ourselves and our illness ( I mean the depression) when we are able to, I think it might take some of the sting out of the whole thing.

Waited 4 hours in hospital nor emergency care room yesterday - (as chest was a bit bad) for antibiotics.
I finally got to see the doctor on duty - he was shattered, I was shattered (from the coughing). So we had a laugh - not sure what it was about, but I hope it helped energise him. The poor fella still had to do his admin and find a way of getting home.

Back soon

Re: Cooking for Comfort

Posted: Tue Sep 25, 2018 8:21 pm
by christabel
Oh b I feel sorry for you with your nasty chest infection. I hope the antibiotic kicks in soon. Coughing like that is absolutely exhausting.

Last time I had a bad chest infection I tried a tip I had read about and it did help. Dark chocolate with 70% or more cocoa content. It helps to calm the lung. Taste nice too, give it a go.
Vic vapour rub on the sole of your feet in bed if you can't sleep for coughing.
Let's us know how you are doing.

Hi maisi how are you? Have you cooked anything interesting?
We have eaten really well. Making a chicken casserole at the weekend and then some sultana scones after casserole came out.
Today made a meal we have not had for years. Braised liver in loads of onions in gravy with mashed potato. We're full of iron now, bit like Popeye and Olyve Oyl
I have the ingredients in for another tray bake cake when I feel like making it. We went out yesterday as I was feeling so much better and now today I've been having to rest all day. Yes you were right about 'orrible steroids.

I can understand about your allotment. It ok having people talking to you if and when you want. I'm a lot more selective of who I bother with. How has your anxiety level been lately?

Be kind to yourselves. X Chris

Re: Cooking for Comfort

Posted: Wed Sep 26, 2018 10:13 am
by betterinrecovery
:lol: :lol:
Dear Chris,
are you saying that Vics vapour rub is good for the soul? :lol:
I will try sounds a bit like reflexology which I have never tried.
I will follow up the dark chocolate idea for sure.

I do find your posts about the cooking interesting...and I 'listen' to what you are saying about your husband.
I don't always join in, but I do read.
I have printed out the Ham and Cheese crown recipe.

I went out yesterday to get the ingredients for it, came back with a cooking pot, some lavender oil and no ingredients.
Now will have to go out for liver (we love liver and onions in this house)

Re: the meds
I have not been taking them. I weaned myself off the last lot of ' .....pram' I was prescribed.

I have been on anti depressants for 19 years. In the last few years I have been living in what could be called a twilight zone.

Wishing you well for the week.

Re: Cooking for Comfort

Posted: Fri Sep 28, 2018 10:07 am
by betterinrecovery
Dear Chris and Maisi
just to say that today I am trying a chocolate cake and a cheese and cheese crown (I forgot the ham again when I went to the shops :roll: ).
I mean I am going to try and make a chocolate cake and the cheese crown ( or at least cheese straws)

I have been able to get my green tomatoes in. some of them are in buckets with a banana placed with them to ripen them,
some are in my little plastic green house

and some are simmering away in green tomato chutney as we speak, :) ...hooray!!!!
the Chutney challenge ( as I call it) has been keeping me going.

The liver and onions has been consumed and forgotten ( thank you for the idea),

I saw the diet lady at the surgery yesteday ---she had a lot to say, bless her.

I found my Hairy Biker loose weight cook book, I bought it with good intentions but have only opened once.

Well that's my news, hope to hear from you both.


Re: Cooking for Comfort

Posted: Fri Sep 28, 2018 10:03 pm
by maisi

seriously impressed with both of you, I have done no interesting cooking that I can think of... yep, racked my brains, nothing. Liver and onions took me back! Didn't like it as a kid in fact tried to subtly feed it to the cat under the table, liked it as a teen, last had it when pregnant with my 20 something daughter! The only food I've ever decided wasn't worth trying again was jellied eels, it's frankly not fit for human consumption in my opinion, and I can eat anything.

These recipes you're discussing are reminding me that it's always possible to make the kitchen a creative place. Oh, home grown tomatoes, don't, I missed them this year. So much better fresh.

But, having lots of salad with whatever we have.


Re: Cooking for Comfort

Posted: Sun Sep 30, 2018 7:43 pm
by christabel
Hi b and maisi

Great minds think alike. We have been chomping our way through chocolate tray bake I made on Friday. Milk choc topping with white choc feathering.
So I did not feel too guilty we made leek and sweet potato soup yesterday.

Jellies eels sound pretty yuk but I would still try them once. Tried tripe once and never again. The texture was gross.
There not much I don't like but not too keen on couscous. Texture again.

Thank you for inspiring me to start cooking again. It is certainly helping me with not being able to go out much plus giving me a push to try to get out for ingredients. I feel as though I am building strength which feels brill.

How are your kitchen creations coming along?
X Chris

Re: Cooking for Comfort

Posted: Wed Oct 03, 2018 8:30 pm
by betterinrecovery
Dear Chris and Maisi,
I have been out and about a lot this week. hope to catch up soon.
best wishes

Re: Cooking for Comfort

Posted: Wed Oct 03, 2018 10:21 pm
by maisi
Hi both,

That's funny, doing the same soup :D . The other day I had the evening to myself, got some herbs at seriously cut price (15p and 35p) and had a chilli in the salad drawer, so made a stir fry just for me, but the chilli was really hot, don't know why

Glad to hear you're busy b.

Wow christabel you do tray bakes just for the hell of it, I am barely a functional cook compared to you two.

Re: Cooking for Comfort

Posted: Wed Oct 03, 2018 10:24 pm
by maisi
Texture is a big factor with food and cooking, that's an interesting point christabel

Re: Cooking for Comfort

Posted: Thu Oct 04, 2018 8:03 am
by betterinrecovery
Dear Maisi and Chris, Hello! :D

I don't think I have made a tray bake - unless I can count banana bread.
and I don't think I have done feathered icing, so to me, Chris, you are a miracle worker!

Textures - I have taken against the texture of some fruit, this may be changes in medication - it can have that effect on me. So I am making do with dried and tinned fruit.

also...just seeing Rod Stewart out of the corner of my eye (on the TV),BBC news that makes me smile.
He is looking good.

Maisi - I have just uploaded 'Respect' on to my I can listen to it, walking to where I need to be.
R. E. S. P. E. C. T. :lol: