A cure for the dreaded lurgy

The lurgy is upon us all, again. I thought we’d kicked it to the kerb, but it’s back in a slightly morphed form. Everyone I know is sick in some form or other – one of my colleagues told me yesterday that she felt like “little demons were sticking red-hot pokers into me”, which made me feel glad that I haven’t had that symptom yet. I think we all need holidays in the sun, but they seem a bit thin on the ground this year.

Obviously, I am not going to pretend I have the ultimate panacea in my kitchen cupboards, but I can share instructions for a ‘cure’ that mitigates the more common winter virus symptoms (particularly the ones that involve feeling very sorry for oneself).
Cold cure soup
Relax, this doesn’t require a major kitchen assault, just a bit of heating up. You can do this, trust me.

Step 1: When you’ve stumbled to the shops for another box of tissues, toss a tin of chicken soup in your basket too. It doesn’t have to be fancy and it shouldn’t be creamy – simple chicken and vegetable or chicken noodle soups are best. Add a lemon, some chilli flakes and some garlic (of course, if you had these things in your cupboards you might not have gotten sick in the first place, but now’s not the time for a lecture on pantry management). Stumble home again and lie on the sofa to regain your equilibrium.

Step 2: When you’re ready to stand up again, heat the soup to nearly boiling point. Remove it from the heat and add two cloves chopped garlic, the grated zest and juice of the lemon and a good sprinkle of chilli flakes (or chopped fresh chilli). A little chopped parsley boosts the vitamin C content, too. Stir gently and pour into a bowl.

Step 3: Return to the sofa with your healing bowl of soup. Sip slowly, then lie down to rest while it works its magic. Repeat as necessary.

If you’ve passed this stage of the lurgy but still have a nagging cough/sore throat, this thyme tea might help. Anything’s worth a try, right?


  1. July 2, 2017 / 12:44 am

    My tinned comfort food is tomato soup – wonder if it this would work with this – hope you are feeling better (your blog is looking very swish)

    • lucycorry
      July 2, 2017 / 9:23 pm

      I think everyone has a secret love for tinned tomato soup (especially if it still tastes slightly of tin). Thanks re the new look – it’s a work in progress!

  2. July 2, 2017 / 12:56 pm

    Tinned tomato soup for me too. But I will have to try your thyme tea as I have had a nagging cough, its worse at night and when I wake up. I tried a new medicine and it contains thyme, so I am thinking….mmmm thyme tea may do me some good. Thanks for sharing Lucy and I do hope you feel much better. Agree with Johanna, your blog is looking super fresh. Like your avatar too – wine woman!

    • lucycorry
      July 2, 2017 / 9:24 pm

      That cough doesn’t sound too good. I’m now fine-ish, but everyone else is my household is still poorly (sigh). Thanks re the new look (the avatar is me looking through a rose-tinted glass!)

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