When you were wee, did you receive special treatment when you were ill? For me, it was a bed on the couch. Daytime TV was Pebble Mill at One. For big unwells, lasting 2 days or more, and involving temperatures and tummy upsets, there might be the expensive add-on of Lucozade in a crinkly wrapper.
My children were raised the same way, illness meant a sheet tucked around the couch cushions, a soft blanket on top and the pillow off the bed with a fresh slip.
Lately, I was chatting about it with somebody and I mentioned that I always had egg in a cup when starting to feel better… which was met with a blank stare. On wider asking, it seems it might only be a Scottish thing, which I find hard to believe. Anyway, it is a delicious, healthy and hugely comforting small meal for times of need. Here it is:
Boil 2 eggs
Peel while hot and drop into a mug
Add a big knob of butter and plenty salt and pepper
Cut, chop and mash with a knife
Eat straight away while hot and preferably while looking out a window at the horizon, from whichever room gives you the best view.
Hot, hearty, healthy, restorative and good for any time of day. What else can we possibly need?
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