Romance isn't flowers, chocolates and watching Top Chef together. Real romance is when two people are coughing into each anothers mouths as they kiss goodnight, sweating out fevers at 3am and spooning despite damp sheets. You guessed it, we're sick. It all started last week with the turn of the weather. Sunny spring 75 degree days accompanied by loads of cedar, juniper, elm and ash in the air. We played it cool. Took lots of Zyrtec but it was just getting worse, albeit so far not as bad as last year, well not yet at least. Since I don't have the energy to make homemade chicken soup, we stocked up on quarts from Central Market.. But what I did make is a big steamy pot of garlic tea.
Evidently garlic tea is some old-timey Mexican cure for, well, just about anything. So I decided to give it a try. Most recipes on the internet are identical, but I added the fresh mint.
3 cups boiling water
3 cloves garlic, split in half
1/2 cup local honey
juice of 1 lemon, strained
a spring of mint
Boil water. Turn off heat. Add garlic, honey and lemon juice. Drink up and be sure to chomp on the garlic cloves in between sips. They soften up nicely.
Goes good with
Toast with fig jam, a pillow fort on the couch and hours of bad TV