Friday, 8 August 2008

Under the Weather

Often when we Brits get ill, we say we are feeling a bit under the weather. I have not really been feeling well for a few weeks and have no desire to cook anything new or fancy, but after 2 trips to the doctor, one of which left me feeling worse as he told me he thought my aches and pains were due to my psychological well being, the other after a week of coughing and spluttering convinced him it was maybe more than he thought. As I am one of the unfortunate souls allergic to the major groups of anti-biotics he gave me a different one to try. I always see these as a last resort, but as the symptoms were not for easing even though I doused myself in good old vapour rub, sucked on the cough sweets and kept my fluids up I thought I had nothing to loose.
This is my 5th day on the tablest and my 3rd week of misery and I still feel terrible! Oh joy, half of my holiday has been spent peching and coughing, but on the bright side at least I have not had to take some time off work.

I did have a couple of lovely days where I ventured out into the brief, yes you could count the hours of summer here rather than the days, good weather to see a friend get married and attend the wedding of my OH's brother.

Both brides were stunning and the weddings beautiful in their own way. One bride was the most relaxed I had ever seen and had a fantastic day, the other was 37 minutes late and poor thing was so nervous she nearly did not manage to say her vows. It was not until her hubby to be took her hand, looked her in the eye and said something quietly to her that she took a deep breath and spoke out her love and commitment to her new husband. The setting for the family wedding was a beautiful castle set in lovely grounds with a lake and woodland.

I was lucky enough to catch up with an old friend from school who was there to do the wedding video and we managed to spend time chatting about our families.

As money is always tight in my house and I really could not face shopping, the only meal of note I made this week was out of desperation, and sometimes those meals can be the most satisfying.

Sausage and Tomato Pasta

2 tbsp olive oil
1 onion diced
2 cloves garlic, crushed
3 pork sausages, cut into chunks ( they were all I had)
2 slices smoked bacon, chopped (all that was left in the packet)
1 tin chopped tomatoes
2 tbs tomato puree
1 tsp italian herbs
Seasoning to taste
cooked pasta of your choice, I used fusili

Soften onion in the oil till translucent and add garilc, cooking gently, add sausage and bacon and turn up the heat till they are coloured. Add tomatoes, herbs, puree and seasoning and pop a lid on ane leave to cook for at least 30 minutes on a low heat.
Cook your pasta in boiling salted water then drain and mix into the tomato and sausage sauce.
Delicious served with garlic bread and plenty of fresh parmesan.

Sorry no pictures as I was starving ;-)


Manggy said...

Gosh, you're still not well?! Three weeks is WAY too long to be ill. Really really really. I'd recommend extensive testing. The NHS handles it supposedly, right?
(Thankfully you're not too ill to enjoy a good meal. Please get well soon-- hopefully you get the appropriate medical advice.)

Raquel said...

Hoping that you get better soon! That sauce sounds a treat to me! Much love - Raquel XO

Marie said...

I hope that you start to feel better soon Angela! Manggy is right, three weeks is far too long to be feeling that ill! The brides bouquet looks lovely and as for that recipe...comfort food at it's very best!

Jan said...

Lovely flowers!
Really sorry to hear you're still not feeling right though.
I love the sound of your sausage and pasta dish!!
Get better soon Love Jan x

chris said...

Oh that sounds tasty Angela. Hope you get to feeling better soon. Take care.

Crafty StitchWitch said...

I've just stumbled across your blog in one of my crazy daisy-chain blog-hopping moments, and felt compelled to offer a small idea to you, that might possibly ease your cough: try the vapour rub on your feet. I know it sounds utterly ridiculous. However, when my wee ones had the flu this past winter, I tried it, and they were able to sleep through the night without coughing. Their pediatrician told me that he would have recommended it to me if I hadn't already started doing it.

It may or may not help you; however, it's a harmless thing to try.

Best of luck to you, and may you feel better soon.