“If you treat a sick child like an adult and a sick adult like a child, everything usually works out pretty well”
Everyone is sick in my house: Old Spouse, Original Bunn and Our Alice have flu and I am the sole hale and hearty one, which bears testimony to the medicinal merits of daily Merlot.
This is a time when only plain old food will do, and my make-me-better-beans (so named when my child was about three years old) are just the thing.
1 packet dried white ‘haricot’ beans, soaked overnight
1 chicken carcass (leftover roast)
5 litres water
2 bay leaves
2 chicken stock cubes
1 stem celery, chopped including leaves
1 large onion, finely chopped
1 large knob butter
200 ml vermouth
6 baby potatoes, skin on, halved
6 cherry tomatoes, halved
1 packet baby ‘chef’s’ carrots
1 handful chopped parsley
Add the onion puree to the bean pot, added celery, potatoes, tomatoes, carrots and parsley.
Bring to a slow boil and allow to simmer for an hour. (By this stage the liquid will have reduced to a consistency of gravy, it should not look like a soup).
Season with cayenne pepper before serving.
Feed the sick and go off and have yourself a glass of wine.