Hi luvs! Is your weekend off to a good start?
Mine’s been a bit rough, but things are getting better today. 🙂 Turns out my issues with mold and Ecoli I had in Washington weren’t fully resolved and have resurrected with a vengeance. Docs have me on four meds now and hopefully I will start feeling better soon.
In the meantime I’m counting up some good things in my life: like my friend Ann bringing her Christmas turkey over for a visit. 🙂 And this little green frog who watched me contentedly while I swept the porch. And two baby goslings toddling about the goose pen.
If you have to be sick, rural Queensland has got to be one of the most beautiful places to do it in. 🙂
Bear took me for a drive the other day and pulled into The Mill Outlook for a cuppa. Just getting out of the car presented a feast for the eyes.
I love the flowering bushes and trees they have here. Such wonderful blossoms in vivid purple, fuschia and red.
We thought it was just a pretty spot for a coffee shop, but it turns out The Mill Outlook is much more than that. Next door to the Settler’s Cafe is a rural center and hobby farm filled with all sorts of farmyard critters waiting to be adopted and taken to a new home.
I love the fluffy white chickens who look like they’re wearing Russian fur hats on their heads, and the adorable nearly featherless fellow who trotted around as if he looked like a million dollars.
We couldn’t pass up a few additions to the farmyard so we got a couple of ducklings and a male and female Belgian.
It was such a nice surprise to discover this place. A truly lovely spot along the highway to pull in for a break, sit in the shade and enjoy the view, the chickens, and the occasional baby goat who may wander up for a scratch.
After I got home, I stared at a huge bowl full of ripe, juicy plums – a gift from my friend Ann – and wondered what on earth to do with them. Then I remembered a German dish I had tried years before, a cold fruit soup, and decided that was the ticket.
I wanted it to be a little Christmasy so I added spices like nutmeg, cinnamon, cardamom, and cloves, and a little creamy so I stirred in some plain Greek yogurt. The result was deeelectable! Creamy, spicy, and fruity, and I can’t begin to describe how good the house smelled while it was cooking.
I’ve been sipping this concoction all week, figuring the yogurt was the perfect thing to combat the antibiotics I’m taking. 🙂 Now THIS is what I call good sick food. 🙂
What’s your favorite thing to eat when you’re sick?
Chilled Spiced Plum Soup
6 cups halved VERY ripe plums
water to cover
1/2 tsp each of nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon and cardamom
2 Tbsp honey or real maple syrup
1 cup plain Greek yogurt
- Place plums in soup pot and cover with water.
- Add spices and honey and bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat and simmer 20-30 minutes or until plums have broken down.
- Remove from heat and let cool 30 minutes.
- Puree entire contents and pour into serving bowl.
- Stir in yogurt and chill until ready to serve.