The Tea: For cold and flu season



I’ve been on a bit of a blogging hiatus. Halloween night shenanigans left me with a nasty cold and sinus infection. The road to recovery involved a few days of intense tussin and antihistamine treatment, but one concoction that helped a lot  was an extra spicy ginger tea. The hot spicy tea definitely works in clearing things out and soothe a sore throat.

Here’s how to make it yourself..

Ingredients: bag of ginger or lemon ginger tea, tablespoon of honey, salt, dash of cayenne pepper

Directions (very easy):

  • place tea bag in a mug
  • sprinkle table salt in mug
  • pour tablespoon of honey on tea bag
  • add pinch of cayenne pepper
  • add boiling hot water and let tea sit for 2-3 mins

Spice, spice, spice! If you’re like me, your sinus is pitifully weak willed and inflames very easily. Spices helps to clear up gross mucus and ease pressure from sinus headaches. Ginger and cayenne is a natural mucokinetic and it’s tasty (if you’re into spices). Other remedies at work include honey, which is anti-inflammatory, salt water, which clears your throat, and lemon, which strengthens your immune system.

Two to three cups a day worked well for me, but the good thing about tea as opposed to over-the-counter drugs is that you don’t have to worry about drowsiness or “overdoing it”.

Drink up and stay well!

Weekend Pleasures: Faux-rito bowls

I’m not a fan of Taco Bell, and I’ll obviously choose Chipotle over a burger and fries. Aside from pizza (yes, pizza), all my favorite foods are meals that I prepare myself. That little sense of accomplishment and adulthood can add an extra kick to your dish while sometimes helping keep change in your pocket.

My “faux-rito” bowl is a delicious knock-off of burrito bowls found at a number of Mexican-style restaurants. I’m comfortable with calling it “faux” because it’s thrown together and doesn’t completely follow more traditional recipes. But nonetheless, I give myself and ‘A’ for trying.

Here is what I include in my faux-rito bowl:

  • 2 cups of black beans (from a bag or can and thoroughly drained)
  • 1 cup of brown rice
  • 1 can of tomatoes or fresh salsa
  • 2 tablespoons of chopped onion
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 ½ tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon of minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • Mexican cheese blend (pre-shredded)


fauxritoHere is how I prepare it:

  1. begin boiling 1 cup of rice
  2. begin cooking beans and tomatoes together
  3. after 3-5 mins, lower heat under beans and add chili powder, garlic to beans
  4. sprinkle parsley on rice
  5. put cooked rice and beans in a cereal bowl
  6. take ½ avocado and cut into squares chunks and add to bowl
  7. sprinkle as much cheese as desired (i.e., OODLES because it’s the weekend and we are adults)

And that’s my “faux-rito” bowl! Meat can be added to the dish and it tastes good with natural or pre-processed ingredients. And what makes me happiest about “faux-rito” bowls is, you guessed it, nibbling on leftovers all weekend long. Not to mention, it goes wonderfully well with tortilla chips. Mmm mm!

Happy weekending and you’re welcome!


Jiell Richardson is a web designer/developer, fat yogi padawan, and blogger based in Washington, DC, USA.

Everyone Has A Cure

These days I don’t take much medicine. Part of why is because I feel that it either doesn’t work or it works a little TOO well. My family members often make fun of me because whether you have a headache, menstrual cramps or an itchy throat, you can count on me making you a cup of ginger tea before I reach for the bottle of Ibuprofen whether you like it not.

Ginger is known to help with a lot of things including nausea and morning sickness, sinus pressure and, wait… it helps arthritis?! Ha! The things you learn..

An old skool stereotype of the South is the swearing by of Crisco vegetable shortening. It probabaly isn’t the healthiest thingfor your diet, but I’ve heard quite a few stories of Crisco being used for a number of things other than frying chicken.Maybe she’s born with it, maybe it’s a Crisco deep conditioner. A lady always keeps them guessing *wink*.I think back to Eddie Griffin’s character in Date Movie with his spray bottle of hummus. In retrospect, I have to say that I’m in complete solidarity you, Eddie.

Even if your go-to is more of a reassuring placebo than an actual remedy, what’s your cure for everything? Share in a comment below.

photo by Jakub Kapusnak


Jiell Richardson is a web designer/developer, fat yogi padawan, and blogger based in Washington, DC, USA.