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14 March 2010 @ 08:48 pm
i hab a code, part two  
Hot Flannel, per Georgette Heyer ("Sylvester", near the bottom of p. 80 in my edition, otherwise about 3/4 of the way through chapter 7). Our faithful retainer has been suffering from a severe cold in the head, necessitating (according to our heroine) that he not be made to trudge miles through a snowstorm on the previous day. Now it's time to remove from the Inn:

"Keighley, fortified by a potion of gin, beer, nutmeg, and sugar, which he referred to as hot flannel, raised no objection; so the horses were put to again."

I raised objection to the beer in that formula - sounds nasty - and I have no gin. So I've invented the Vermont hot flannel:

Hard cider (about 1 cup)
Brandy (about 1.5 oz)
Maple syrup (1 to 2 TBS)
Nutmeg, freshly grated, to taste

It's quite pleasant, but it could have used a little more nutmeg. But then, lots of things with alcohol, sweetener, and a little spice are bound to be quite pleasant, at least for those of us who like alcohol. (The beer (and gin) might actually give it a more interesting flavor.)

I don't know whether it's having a therapeutic effect, either. For that matter, I may be past the cold thing, and just back to my normal allergies (hard to tell).

I think, all in all, that the hot lemonade recipe is both tastier and more effective. If I'm still feeling in need of a hot restorative before bed, I'll go back to that recipe.
 
 
 
matthewwdaly on March 15th, 2010 09:50 pm (UTC)
I know it's not directly in your field of study, but do you have an opinion one way or the other on neti pots? I've been trying them this winter whenever I've started to get sniffly but I'm not enough data to get whether it helped me avoid the ick this winter (which, like you, I rarely get in full force anyway).
betonicabetonica on March 16th, 2010 03:32 am (UTC)
re: i hab a code, part two
Actually, I know absolutely nothing about neti pots. Let me know how it goes, and I'll see if I can remember the other person who was mentioning them to me the other day.
matthewwdaly on March 16th, 2010 08:37 pm (UTC)
Re: i hab a code, part two
I'll have to see through allergy season. It's mildly unsettling at first, but if it keeps me out of hacking cough and bronchitis just once it'll be well worth the hassle. And it seems to clear up my Eustachian tubes as well, which is an unexpected bonus. Might be worth a spin, WebMD seems to take the position that it isn't unhealthy. Plus you'd probably be able to suss out all of the additives to the saline solution that would promote optimal natural sinus hygiene.