Tender loving care a big plus when fighting the man flu

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THERE are comforts in life that until I possessed, I had no idea how I lived without them. Take my bathrobe for example.

I purchased my soft-wool companion recently and now it is part of my daily ritual. Each time I put it on, I ask myself, "Where were you all my life?"

The same is true of partners. I was recently ill with a serious case of man-flu.

The Gladstone Observer's Man About Town.
The Gladstone Observer's Man About Town.

As I avoided the proverbial bright white light, my partner did her best to pretend the noises and fluids I created didn't bother her. She gave me a baked surprise, to make me feel better.

The perfect soul healing food, choc-chip muffins, which were better than anything I could ever have guessed.

They became sweet comfort to my otherwise flu-fuelled days.

Sure, I would have survived without them, but it's the little comforts that make big discomforts bearable. I asked myself, where would I be without my partner?

We never realise how much we need partners or friends. It is a sad fact but it takes that battle before we realise how lucky we are to have those people that matter in our life.

It shouldn't be like this. I've battled a few flu seasons before, but I know the next one will be easier because I'll have my partner here.

So with flu season approaching, take care of those people who make your battles easier to win.

Here is a simple recipe to help you fight the flu season.

Chicken-noodle soup

1 kg chicken thighs

1 large brown onion (diced)

2 carrots (diced)

½ cup corn kernels

½ cup peas

1 stick celery (diced)

100 gms spaghetti pasta

1 tsp curry powder

1½ litres chicken stock

1 tbs oil

1 tbs chilli paste (optional)

Method:

Fry onion until soft.

Add carrot and celery cook for a few minutes.

Add chicken thighs and brown on all sides.

Add chicken stock, curry powder, chilli paste and simmer chicken until cooked through, then remove thighs from pot.

Add pasta to stock and turn up the heat and cook for about 15 minutes while removing meat from chicken bones.

Cut chicken into small pieces.

When pasta is almost cooked add chicken pieces, corn and peas cook for 6 to 8 minutes, add salt and pepper to taste.



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