Today I nursed my hangover. “Nursing” is an appropriate way to describe how I coped with it as I took care of myself so I could be restored to my normal health i.e. no blinding headache and not feeling nauseous.
I started with a mega vitamin boost. Berocca is always my first choice which I make in to a long drink to get the fluids in. It is an effervescent multi vitamin tablet, with lots of the B vitamins which you need for energy. I also took another multi vitamin and mineral tablet. I took half the quantity required so I didn’t overdose. I also added a powder which contains glutamine, liquorice and aloe which supports your gastrointestinal tract lining. All these vitamins and minerals help to improve digestion, immune and liver function. I think my liver needed help with detoxifying all that wine!
I also had a large mug of strong Assam tea which put a little pep back in my step. I eventually summoned up the energy to cook something. While cooking I had a cup of Genmai-Cha which I bought yesterday in Wing Yip. It is a brown rice tea with Matcha powder which is Japanese green tea mixed with toasted brown rice. I really liked it. The flavour was mild and slightly nutty and it was a lovely pale yellow and green colour. The tea seemed soothing.
I didn’t feel like breakfast but was hungry by lunch time. Yesterday I bought a sachet of Nasi Goreng paste which is a Malaysian and Indonesian spicy fried rice dish. Brown rice and vegetables are a really healthy meal which would help me feel better and provide some useful fuel for Harvey who had played rugby all morning plus James loves it too. Decision made.
The paste contains dried chili, dried prawn, fish sauce, shallot, palm oil, sugar, water and MSG. EEK!!!! I try and avoid MSG and hadn’t read the packet in the shop. I used it anyway, figuring a little MSG was the least of my problems today.
Yesterday I bought some really thin Kenyan beans and a large bag of choi sum. I really wanted lots of green veggies today so they would be perfect.
You can add whatever protein you want to Nasi Goreng and I wanted to try some of the block of Tofu I had bought. I am not actually a fan of firm tofu. I am happy to put silken tofu in a smoothie as you can’t really taste it. But I have never yet eaten a tofu recipe I like. A blog I enjoy called Peas and Thank You has several tofu preparation tips and recipes. Inspired by some of these, I made up my own marinade using ingredients I had readily to hand. I was not in the mood for a complicated or fussy recipe.
I made a marinade with tomato ketchup, soy sauce, mustard, garlic, ground ginger and some chili sauce.
I mixed the ingredients together and cut the tofu in to slices which I then pressed between a tea towel to get rid of some of the water. Even extra firm tofu needs pressing apparently and I was surprised by how much water came out of it. I discovered you can buy such a thing as a tofu press but I need to be a lot more convinced by tofu before I buy such a thing.
I put the pressed tofu in the marinade and left it for about half an hour and then lightly fried it.
I prepared lots of green veggies.
Then I made my Nasi Goreng, which also had egg in it. I served it with mixed sprouts, the tofu and some leftover coleslaw.
It was really good and even the tofu was ok. Not good enough to want to rush out and buy a tofu press but good enough that I enjoyed eating it. It received a thumbs down from Harvey but an acceptable from James so not a bad result at all.
That hangover was on its way out and to help it along a leisurely sprawl on the sofa and even a snooze during the afternoon was just the thing I needed. I am nursing myself after all. Once awake I felt sufficiently refreshed to cook a roast dinner. James had prepared the pork with fennel seeds, oil and salt and put it in the oven to slow roast all afternoon.
I cooked sauteed potatoes and the grey pumpkin which I think is the “Crown Prince” variety. I cut the pumpkin in half,
scooped out the seeds,
cut it in to slices as if it was a melon, brushed it with olive oil, sprinkled on some salt and baked it for about half an hour until it was soft.
I also cooked a heap of kale with maple syrup again and quite liked it, again. Kale is definitely looking up.
James made the gravy and we were ready to eat. I love a roast and it was all delicious. It was a huge plateful of food but not as bad as it looks as I did have a lot of pumpkin and kale under the pork.
It took a lot of caring and looking after myself and it may have taken all day but I finally feel nursed back to health. Phew!