I’m an ADULT

Olive has passed her plague on to me, and my god. When she was getting sick I thought she was being pretty damn unreasonable at times, but now that I am the sick one I can truthfully say that what I originally interpreted as her being a grouchy jerk was actually her handling it like a total champ. Far better than I have been, at least. My whining is at least twice as loud.

Right now, if someone interrupted my tantrum to tell me to take a deep breath and use my manners, I think I would high-kick them right in the face.

Zero hesitation.

What I am trying to say is, well played, Olive. Well played.

Anyway, let’s get to the point so I can drug myself to sleep. Earlier in the week I shared some hippie home remedies that I was using to help nurse her through this bastard illness, and now I would like to share a few additional things that have been helping me.

4 Useless (and 1 useful) Remedies for An adult-Sized Cold -

1. Whiskey.
Lots. It’s… medicinal? (Ha! I don’t drink whiskey. But I wish I did, I feel like some fire water would burn this illness right out of me, if  I could tolerate it without curling into a fetal ball of kidney-punishing illness right after, that is. Someone else should try this and get back to me. It’s the least you could do.)

2. Rage. Cursing things, kicking inanimate objects, emitting loud self-aggrandizing sighs, and just being a terrible person in general – all very helpful! I believe these childish displays help to excise the demons from your sinus cavities, where they have taken up residence so deeply that not even your neti pot can reach them. (Don’t worry, no one will take this rage seriously because your stuffed nose makes everything you say sound nonsensical, which will only serve to incense you further.)

3. Passing out facedown in a puddle of your own drool while reading your daughter her bedtime story. “Mummy? Mummy, you sleeping?” “Anfhansnnnarfffrwhiskey.

4. Mouth breathing. Sexy and effective. Need I say more?

5. Carrot Ginger soup. This is a real suggestion. Finally! This is one of my favourite recipes, adapted from the original here, and it’s perfect for cold season. It’s chock-full of vitamin C and ginger, and using canned coconut milk adds some much-needed fat. You also don’t have to chew anything, which is always nice. I made this last night and I felt so shitty that I  went rogue and used organic chicken broth instead of vegetable broth, because chicken soup does actually help cure the common cold. Science.


3 tbsp olive oil
1/2 yellow onion, diced
1/4 cup fresh ginger, peeled and minced
4 cups chopped and peeled carrots (about 1 1/2 pounds)
3 cups organic chicken broth
1  cup canned coconut milk
dash nutmeg
1/2 tsp curry powder
1/4 tsp cayenne
salt and pepper to taste


In a large saucepan, saute onions and ginger in  olive oil they are until soft and translucent, ~5 minutes.

Add the carrots and organic chicken broth, and reduce the heat to medium. Simmer for until the carrots are soft. Add the canned coconut milk, and use  a food processor or immersion blender to blend the soup to your desired smoothness. Add spices and stir well.

Drink mass quantities until you are healed, and/or begin to turn orange, whichever comes first.

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  • Reply Ashley February 21, 2015 at 8:07 PM

    I made this same soup earlier this week and yum! I wasn’t even sick and it’s still so good (though I haven’t tried it with cayenne too – should try that.) I’ve also done it with half carrots and half sweet potatoes and it’s pretty darn yummy. Hope you feel better soon! Sharing sicknesses with a toddler is no fun.

  • Reply Sam Pereira February 22, 2015 at 6:27 PM

    I love soup. It’s always healing, but when the plague strikes I make “Kill it Dead Chicken Soup”. It will kill anything, including the blues and the mean reds, due to all the garlic, ginger, coriander and chilli in it. Hope you feel better soon. I can’t promise I’ll have a whiskey, but definitely a wine or two in your honour!

  • Reply Katie T February 23, 2015 at 7:36 AM

    I feel you. I have a cold right now and it is SO much worse as an adult lol. I think everything is better when you are little and have your mom taking care of you. So not having that now makes me super whiny lol

  • Reply Lou April 16, 2015 at 7:07 AM

    I’ve been making this soup regularly ever since I saw the recipe on your blog, so first of all, thanks so much 🙂 I have made a few tweaks along the way. Now I add 2-3 more carrots, a full (but small) yellow onion, a handful of pumpkin seeds, poppy seeds and flax seeds, 500 ml of water and a chicken bouillon cube.

    • Reply sweetmadeleine April 22, 2015 at 11:43 AM

      Those sound like fabulous changes! I will try your version when I make it next – it’s always fun to switch it up 🙂 Thank you!!

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