Wednesday, October 22, 2008

a slug of good whiskey

Bloggers have recipes. My friend Jenny has a recipe she promises will make kale taste good. Maybe. I have a recipe too. I got it from a blog (Maud, of course). It's writer Kate Christensen's cure for the common cold. But I find that it'll cure almost anything. The following is excerpted from Maud:

Day two home from work with a killer cold, and my only consolation is novelist Kate Christensen’s hot toddy. Since she passed it along last fall, the drink has eclipsed spicy tomato soup as the Maud household’s preferred remedy. It proves — as we always knew deep in our hearts — that Bourbon cures everything.

Add boiling water to (in the biggest cup in the house; this is no time to fuck around with anything dainty) the juice of 1 lemon, a big wad of honey, a slug of good whiskey [Ed. Note: I’ve been using Maker’s Mark], and as much cayenne pepper as you can tolerate. If it’s morning, add a tea bag.

Photo Nigel Shafran via Horse Hunting

2 comments:

kara - all things ordinary said...

i cut to just the tea and whisky this morning (cheap style) and it totally fixed my killer hangover headache. so true.

Jane said...

There is a really simple and good kale recipe in the Chez Panisse vegetables book. (It's not a drink.) Essentially you saute garlic in olive oil then toss in the kale until it turns bright green, let it cool, chop it well, toss with salt, pepper and red wine vinegar. Then you press it into little balls and roll it up in slices of prosciutto. I skip the prosciutto and mix it with warm pasta or tortellini.