Achoo…and I Chew

Pardon my absence from this blog and your comments section. Someone left some nasty cold virus germs laying around and I picked them up. Thank goodness it doesn’t happen too often, because I don’t do sick very well.

*pause for gratitude moment for generally excellent health*

You’d think that the worst part of having a cold is the sneezing, coughing, and various runny bits, but for me, that’s all secondary. The worst “symptom” I have is an increased desire for sweet creamy yummy stuff. Followed by crispy salty crunchy stuff. And then some more sweet creamy…

You see where this is going, don’t you?

Fortunately, I don’t think I did too much damage. Not having a bunch of sweet or salty foods prevented rampant snacking and a kitchen full of fruits and veggies ensured my nutritional needs were being met.

I tried to be a teensy bit decadent tonight by creating a sort-of cannoli, a Camnoli, if you will. Since I didn’t actually have any of the primary ingredients of cannoli–ricotta and cannoli shells, to be specific–I improvised with cottage cheese and wonton wrappers. (This determination thing occasionally has a downside.)


Since I was far too lazy sick to fool with rolling up the shells, I decided to make a Camnoli cup using a ramekin. A dab of butter, a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar, and into the oven for 10 minutes. While the cup baked, I mixed the cottage cheese with a splash of vanilla, a teaspoon or so of powdered sugar, and some orange zest.

Verdict: Not bad with the mini-chocolate chips, but it really could have used more powdered sugar. And some mascarpone. :)

Seriously, this has some possibilities as a semi-decadent Sunday morning breakfast thing, especially if I add some protein powder to it. I may play around with it again someday.

Anyway, I think I’m on the upswing now. I’ll try to get back to full blogging tomorrow, but for now it’s back to bed.

Do you crave certain foods when you have a cold?

20 thoughts on “Achoo…and I Chew

  1. When I have a cold I eat lot of fresh fruits. Especially oranges. Those are easier to eat and I get some vitamin C. And of course green tea to get more antioxidants.

  2. hope you are already better!
    and yes.
    I never get me cravings unless IM SICK–but then? the husband best be ready to jump in the car and satiate.
    good thing I rarely get sick :)

  3. For me, it’s mental! I’m one of those weird people who doesn’t sleep in the daytime even when sick, so I just sit around feeling miserable which leads to thinking about what might be in the kitchen. Cold meds mess with my stomach and in an odd way, that’s a positive because even with time to sit around and think about it, I really don’t want it. So no, I don’t have added cravings when sick, but once off the meds and after days without much food, I’m hungry and LOOK OUT!! That’s when I have trouble!

    Take care, sorry you’ve been sick!

  4. Cammy – hope you are all better soon & you were quite the creative one!!

    I have not been sick in quite a while so I can’t even remember what I might crave – most likely my beloved carbs! :-)

  5. I hope you feel better soon! Kick those nasty germs to the curb missy!

    My sense of smell and taste shuts down completely so I have absolutely no cravings and I don’t want to drink anything. I have to choke down my normal amount of water.

  6. I was wondering where you were! I thought you must be off on one of your adventures! Speaking of which, did you get my email about our upcoming adventure?

    When I am sick, I want an orange cream drink. So weird. I never think of it otherwise.

    Yes, that cottage thingie has a lot of possibilities. I added some vanilla whey powder to my cottage cheese last week and really liked it. Also, if you blend the cottage cheese with a bit of honey and lemon zest (or orange!) HOLY YUM! That is some good stuff. Topped with the mini chocolate chips? I’m putting wonton wrappers on my shopping list!

  7. Milkshakes! When I have a sore throat. Of course now I know ways to make a drink that is pretty much the same texture but not nearly as unhealthy as what I used to get at Baskin Robbins:)

  8. Hope you’re all better by now!

    I crave ginger ale and/or orange juice when I am sick…as someone who LOVES water, I just can’t drink it when I don’t feel well.

    BTW, I take 10,000 IUs of vitamin D a day and I swear it has boosted my immunity!

  9. Hope the cold is on the way out! I would try blending up the cottage cheese mixture to make it more creamy. That might do the trick.

  10. Once when I had a bad cold, I ate an entire bag of caramel popcorn. It doesn’t take much for me to crave carby sweets, but once I made the decision to give up sugar, I find I’m able to get through the sniffles with hot tea!

  11. LOVE the Camnoli! Even when you are sick and sneezing you crack me up!!! I crave salt when I have a cold. I could just sit and nibble on saltine crackers, grab a box of tissues and watch TV until the cold germs leave.
    I hope you wake up today feeling better and the germs have left the building!!!

  12. I am down with my first cold in over 2 years, too. I don’t crave food, thank goodness. Everything tastes funny when I can’t smell! I agree that it pays off to have a bare pantry when those kind of cravings hit!

    Feel better soon – I am 6 days in and not there yet.

  13. Hope you are feeling much better! When I have a cold, I don’t usually have much of an appetite. Haven’t had a cold since I started regularly taking supplements, though. Knock wood. 😉

  14. The only time I drink hot tea is when I’m sick. I’m definately a coffee kinda gal. But, add a sniffle, or six, and I’m reaching for the tea, slicing lemons, and grabbing the whiskey. Yep, whiskey. I take a (tiny) shot in my tea. It’s a trick that my father passed on years ago. I don’t know if it’s the tea or the whiskey, but one cup and I’m feeling all warm and toasty inside.

  15. I’m glad you’re feeling better! I’ve been fighting the same sort of thing…for a mild winter, it’s been making us awfully sick…

    I crave salty things when I’m sick; I suspect it may have something to do with being dehydrated? For me, that generally equals potato chips, which are one of my personal demons. I used to kind of stave that off with chicken soup, but finding a good gluten-free version has been difficult, and God knows I’m not making my own when I’m sick. :-) Maybe I should make some and freeze it…

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