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:
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