This winter was particularly difficult for NYC dealing with really bad flu cases. The city usually gets hit pretty hard with any winter viruses as it’s really like the middle of the Earth where the constant flow of tourists and other visitors literary come from all the world and share whatever nasty strains they happen to carry around.
Last time I was dealing with anything major was in September, so I thought that maybe, this time, it all passed me by. Almost…
It’s been ten days, I’m still dealing with many symptoms, as it often happens with me, my immune system just never seemed to recover post-chemo, so anything minor sometimes become major, and major stuff tends to just linger on. Le sigh…
One of these days the scientists will have a breakthrough to find a cure for colds and flu and eliminate all the viruses, or at least find some quick boost for your immune system to quickly recover after you’ve had one, and maybe, while they are at it, they’ll find the cure for cancer too, so there wont be a need a chemo and post-treatment side effects…
OK, I digress, or more like whine, or rant… I’m allowed though, my blog came with a warning that some posts will be like that, so read at your own risk!
The first few days, I completely lost the sense of taste and smell, thus eating was more like window shopping, I just looked at food and turned away until hunger pains became more overwhelming than my food indifference. But once the taste came back (still working on the smell though), I figured, I needed to entertain my taste buds a bit to make them more motivated to chew some protein as I’m one of those strange people who can literary become anemic after just a few days of no animal products.
I always say “play with your food”!
Actually play with a lot of other things too!
What’s Cooking This Week
Any time you need to wake up your taste buds, make sure you have something spicy. I’m not a huge fan of anything too hot, I have a pretty low tolerance for the heat index, but it was one of those times, especially considering that my buds were still half numb anyway. Plus I was just in a mood for something different. If I was too sick to play with other things, I might as well just play with food at least.
Southwestern Pumpkin Burgers
1 lb ground beef
1 tomato, chopped
1 onion, chopped
1/3 cup of pumpkin puree
1/3 cup of bread crumbs or flour (I used Better Batter gluten free seasoned flour)
1 tspoon of seasoned salt (I used Herbamare)
2 tspoons of crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 tspoon of paprika
1/4 tspoon of ground nutmeg
2 Tbspoons of fresh parsley, chopped
olive oil, shredded cheddar cheese (I used daiya)
Heat up some olive oil and saute onions and tomato until lightly golden, add chopped parsley and saute for another minute.
Let it cool off a bit and then combine with ground beef, add the flour/bread crumbs, pumpkin and all the spices. Form the burger patties.
Cook according to your preferences. Top with cheddar/daiya and ketchup. I serve it open style on a toasted Udi’s gluten free bread alongside with kale leaves and tomatoes to add an extra immune boost.