Here in the midwest, there have been multiple illnesses going around. Everyone has gotten either the flu, a cold, a 24-hour stomach bug, or strep throat. It's unavoidable. If you live within range...you WILL get sick. Some lucky people I know, including my brother-in-law, pulled a double-header with flu AND strep. That's gotta be fun!
For me, it was the cold. As far as things go, you think, "hey, that's okay, it's a cold. No big deal."
This was the MOTHER of all colds. Feel like you've been run over, can't breathe, can't think, hacking your head off then wondering if you even still HAVE a head, cold.
I can deal with all that. I got to watch a lot of TV and have valid reason for laying in bed all day. Cool.
But, you remember where I said "can't breathe"?
You also remember your elementary school science class where they discussed the majority of taste is in smell?
No smell = no taste = Food Geek HELL!
After a week I was feeling okay. At least starting to feel human. Not completely cleared up, but hungry and wanting something yummy and flavorful that would cut through the tastebud lockdown. Quick backstory: A couple weeks ago I had a spice cabinet avalanche, and the cap to my curry powder broke, filling my kitchen with the scent of curry, so I have been craving curry for weeks, but was out of coconut milk. Fast forward to feeling human again, and I decided to stop on the way home from work for a can of coconut milk to make aforesaid curry.
Oh this is going to be wonderful! Slowly saute the chicken, onions, and red peppers. Add a little red curry paste, add the coconut milk, add a healthy dose of curry powder, steam some rice to the perfect consistency. Serve, and prepare to enjoy the strength of curry power cutting through anything a cold can throw at you.
Uh huh. I may as well have just eaten the rice plain. Absolutely could not taste a THING! Meanwhile, hubby is going on and on about how wonderful it is. Yeah, rub it in.
Finally, a few days later, I could truly smell again and thoroughly enjoyed the leftovers, but I think another round of curry is close in my future.