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It never rains but it pours. Especially in my family. We are all sick at the moment. My father’s heart is playing up, lil’sis has had an MS relapse, I’ve got a tropical disease (we think, more results tomorrow) and poor Muv had a major op over the Bank Holiday weekend. Yup: mother & daughter no.1 were both in hospital (albeit different ones) simultaneously.

So my cousin & I went home last weekend to visit her, as she is stuck in bed for a few weeks. I was in charge of cooking, cousin S was in charge of wrangling her daughter and amusing me. Friday night I roasted a chicken with lemon & rosemary, and made buttery mash and roasted tomatoes with thyme & olive oil. That meant Saturday was cold chicken lunch day.

I think it’s important when feeding invalids to give them small mouthfuls, and lots of different tastes, colousr & textures to tempt both their appetite and their palate, which can be a bit numbed by meds.

This is what I gave my mother:

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Cold lemon & rosemary chicken breast & leg meat
Blanched & refreshed cold French beans
Fennel & red chicory drizzled with syrupy balsamic
Sliced baby tomatoes
Warm Puy lentils simply boiled, drained and mixed with  feta, Dijon mustard & black pepper

She ate every last mouthful

Photos: LLG
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14 comments

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God I miss English supermarkets.

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Looks delicious-esp the fennel and chicory salad.

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Now you have made me hungry. Curses! Although I worry about the chicory. Do you think you may be becoming Belgian, and that is what is wrong with you? Any signs of an incipient Hercule Poirot tache or a penchant for making giant art objects that resemble brains? Yours. Dr. K.Boo esq.xxxx

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So sorry you & the family are ill. Your lunch for your mother is beautifully plated & so thoughtfully selected, I’m sure it helped her. There is a special place in Heaven for compassionate daughters like you, to be so thoughtful, especially since you are ill yourself. I continue to send you positive & healing thoughts. May all be well soon.

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You’re such a sweet daughter – and that looks delicious!

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That looks delish, hope you are all feeling better now?

Helena xx

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What a wonderful daughter you are. Hope all of you are on the mend soon….

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Looks absolutely wonderful!! Would it be possible to post the recipes sometime?

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So sorry to hear that you are all going through it at the moment, take care…xx

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So sorry to hear that everyone is so under the weather. I hope you all feel much better soon! That lunch looks amazingly delicious, with wonderful food like that to bolster her, I’m sure your mother will get better very soon!

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