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Saturday, January 16, 2016

The cure for the common cold.

Is not to get one in the first place. 

The next best thing to Chicken Noodle Soup is Cream of Wheat

and a slice of aged blue cheese.  

When the weatherman tells us that it is minus 5 degrees outside but it FEELS LIKE  minus 11 degrees.  

What does that mean?  

If chicken noodle soup does not appeal for breakfast then maybe, Cream of Wheat will be perfect...hot and nourishing. 

It has worked for me.  I haven't had a cold in twenty years.  

Of course it is my Mother's recipe (follows) 
No wonder it has worked. 

And for desert, a ripe pear and a slice of ripe blue cheese will get those enzymes going. 


Cream of Wheat with clarified butter, sugar and cinnamon. 

Follow instructions on package, 
use milk instead of water.

For 4 servings beat in 2 whole eggs
Melt 4 TBs of unsalted butter.

Drizzle clarified butter onto individual bowls of cream of wheat, add sugar and cinnamon to taste. 

Why not try it this weekend?



  1. Dear Gina,
    my experience with chicken soup is as well positive when it comes to fighting a cold, but I have not eaten Cream of Wheat for breakfast in a long, long time. We did eat Grießbrei as children often and I must say, we were a healthy bunch. Dr. Jeschek only came to the house for very brief visits while making his rounds bringing bottles of Lebertran/cod liver oil and leaving a lovely scent of his Eau de Cologne behind. Must start eating Cream of Wheat again. Maybe it will bring back more memories...............Beautifully presented post!
    Warmest greetings, Sieglinde

    1. Dear Sieglinde, Your doctor must have been very special. He was most likely the first doctor who practiced aroma therapy. To leave behind a lovely scent of Eau de Cologne would make any little child ( and adult) feel better.
      This recipe of Griesbrei was sometimes served for dinner in our house. A simple but very nourishing and satisfying meal.
      It will, no doubt bring back many of your childhood memories.

  2. Bonjour chère amie,

    Je ne connaissais pas cette recette. A tester au prochain rhume ! J'ai de la chance, je n'en ai pas souvent.
    J'ai une autre recette. La voici :
    Faire bouillir de l'eau avec une gousse d'ail pressée, une cuillère à soupe de vinaigre de cidre, un citron pressé. Ajouter à la fin une cuillère à soupe de bon miel.

    Merci pour ce joli billet illustré de sublimes photos.

    Gros bisous ♡

    1. Bonjour chere ami Martinealison, When we were rally down with a very bad cold my Mother would also prepare a similar recipe. She used grated onions and honey with peppermint tea. She made us drink it. The concoction was terrible.
      I think that your recipe of garlic, lemon juice, vinegar and honey sounds a little more palatable.
      Thank you for your visit. Have a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year.

  3. Dear Gina - I have never seen packets of cream of wheat here, but the fact that you have not had a cold for 20 years suggests that it is the perfect food - I wonder if it is similar to porridge? I am just coming to the end of my second cold this winter!!!

    1. Dear Rosemary, I think that any hot cereal would be beneficial to your health. Our Cream of Wheat is made up of ground whole wheat kernels. It is a type of Farina. Your Porridge is probably similar. Often I substitute sugar, butter and cinnamon with just plain cream of wheat and add slices of bananas or a handful of blueberries. In the Summer I change over to a cool yogurt with fresh fruit drink thinned with almond milk.
      Another reason I may be spared from colds is that we live in a very small community and I am seldom exposed to a lot of people.

  4. Gina, my usual winter breakfast choice is oatmeal, with milk, raisins, and a bit of brown sugar. Some mornings, I do go for the eggs and toast variation.

    Ahh, but I do like cream of wheat, and think that when my current oatmeal supply dwindles, I might just bring home a box of cream of wheat from the Fairway Market. I've already got the cinnamon and milk. And some eggs. Do you think that adding one egg to a single portion of cream of wheat would be too much? Should I go for it...or just use a yolk, or...well, what do you think.

    I'll also contemplate some blue cheese and pears when my supply of farmers market apples vanishes. Thanks so much for your healthy suggestions. Here in NYC, our weather is doing a staccato zigzag of strangely warm mixed with really cold. Stock market is also zigzagging.


    1. Dear Frances, Your breakfast sounds like my breakfasts. I also have oatmeal with fruit once in a while. Sometimes on Sundays we might have a serious breakfast. After all, we have chickens who are so willing to give up their eggs.
      One egg added to a small portion of Cream of Wheat is perfect. But to get the most benefit I would add the whole egg. They say that yolk and egg whites make the perfect food.
      To cut on calories, very often I omit butter, sugar and cinnamon. I only add a pinch of salt and a sliced banana. It is also good.

    2. Dear Gina, thanks so much for your reply. It is cold, cold, cold here tonight in NYC, and I am very glad to have tomorrow (Wednesday) as a day off from work. Almost at the end of that box of oatmeal, and so tomorrow will be the time to get the box of cream of wheat. I'll follow your advice about using the whole egg, which I also think of as the perfect food. I also like the banana notion.

      We are due to get some measurable snow Friday night into Saturday, so we now must admit that winter is here. xo

  5. Those photos are just gorgeous! Have a happy day.

    1. Thank you Cranberry Morning. Thank you also for your visit. Your comment makes me happy.

  6. These wonderful bright colors on your photos made me so glad! Color therapy in the middle of the white snowy scenery!

    1. Hello Helmiriita, It's color that always catches my eye, long before I notice anything else. How nice of you to stop by and leave a comment.

  7. Hello Helmiriitta, We have a lot of snow this time of year. And it is very cold. Maybe that is why I like to live with color ear around. Thank you for your visit. It is so appreciated.

  8. When I could still eat wheat, it was my favorite!

    Donna Donabella@GardensEyeView
    and LivingFromHappiness

    1. Hello Donna, How nice of you to come for a visit. Wishing you a healthy and happy New Year.

  9. Oh my goodness, what amazing cream of wheat that must be! I do love it just plain but must try this way too. Just bet your dear mother was a wonderful cook - and now you are too!
    I've been having a bowl of oatmeal most mornings now that it's so cold - found it a good way to use up the remaining carton of holiday egg nog - just add a little instead of cream, grate some nutmeg, sprinkle a wee bit of brown sugar and voila, 'eggnog porridge', delicious.
    Cambozola is one of our favorite blue cheeses too!
    Stay snug, and no colds please!
    Love, Mary

  10. Dear Mary, I must try your porridge recipe. It sounds delicious.
    My Mother taught us how to cook at a very early age. My sister and I had to take turns cooking our family dinners. I was then 6 years old. It was good training because my Mother expected us to be perfect right from the start. They were not fancy dinners but good and healthy basics. Basics which have served me well all these years.
    I see that you had snow the other day...it didn't last but at least you could enjoy it while it lasted. Yes, stay warm and no colds, please.

  11. Love your orchids blog bought a couple catalaya beautiful also have other orchids thanks for info gina

    1. What a pretty name, Moldavia and thank you for visiting my blog. It is very much appreciated.