Let’s just chill instead

Boo. I should have been dressed up and at a party tonight with some of my choir members singing carols around their piano. I was going to bake some of Nigella’s sexy brownies with, for the first time ever, the correctly-sized pan.

Instead I woke up this morning feeling that my throat had been coated in razor wire and was slowly closing in on me. I had a fever and a headache too. Get out your tiniest violins.

It was inevitable, really, that I should get a cold this week. Everyone I’ve spoken to this week has been ill and I always succumb to something in the week before Christmas. Originally my singing exam was to be scheduled for tomorrow so let’s be thankful for small mercies. Being ill gave me an excuse to sleep for longer than usual and I managed to finish off my 60-odd Christmas cards. Yes. I know I’ve missed all the last posting deadlines but better late than never.

Having a cold also means that I have an excuse to be pampered with the OH’s special hot toddy. Here is the recipe:


The OH’s special Hot Toddy

4 tsps whisky (roughly)

4 tsps honey

2 tsps lemon juice, freshly squeezed if possible

Fill a heatproof mug half full with boiling water.

Add the honey and stir well. Add the lemon juice and top up with filtered water. Adjust sourness, alcohol level, sweetness, hotness to taste. Drink while hot. Sleep.