Perhaps I spoke too quickly yesterday. This is feeling like regular full-blown cold. I stayed home again today, but I think I am over the worst of it and expect to be back tomorrow.
By special request, here’s instructions for making chicken soup, Xy style. This is simple, crude and effective.
Take a bunch of veggies and chop them up. Anything you like will do, and it’s good to change up for variety if you make this frequently; the only constant Xy insists on are carrots. This time we also had potatoes, green peppers, corn and plenty of garlic. Chop ’em up and give them a quick sauté at the bottom of a large pot. Then add a bunch of water and a whole chicken. Xy says it has to be whole because the healing power is in the bones. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for two hours. Remove the chicken, let it cool a bit, then pull the meat off the bones, shredding while you return it to the pot. Give the heart and liver to your cat. Add a cup of rice or noodles to the soup, adding more water if necessary, and season with salt and/or Tony’s, and simmer for another thirty minutes or so. The amount of water is variable depending on how thick or soupy you like it, but keep in mind rice absorbs water like a frat boy absorbs beer.
That’s it. Enjoy.
Footnotes: This soup is scientifically proven to get you better quicker. Unless you’re a vegetarian, in which case it might make you sicker. Also the rice or noodles are optional.