Dec 31, 2010
FOODIE FRIDAY -- H is for HANGOVER
Perhaps it's NOT a pleasant subject, but apropos for New Year's Eve, eh? It is quite possible that more than a few of us will over-indulge whilst ringing in 2011. Parties often involve rich foods, open bars (or bottomless bottles) and it's all too easy to wake up the next day feeling anything but ready to take on a New Year! In my experience, only time and lots of water really "cure" a hangover, but here are some interesting folk remedies:
~~~~ In Poland, drinking pickle juice is a common remedy. (um, YUCK!)
~~~~ In Ireland it was said that the cure for a hangover is to bury the ailing person up to the neck in moist river sand. (not very practical)
~~~~ In Japan, eating Umeboshi Pickled Plums is recommended. (are these readily available?)
If all else fails, have a "hair of the dog that bit ya", in the form of a BLOODY MARY, which was, btw created by Parisian barman Pete Petiot in 1921 as an “eye-opener”. It was touted as a hangover cure or preventer. This legendary cocktail is filled with all kinds of strange ingredients.
1 to 2 oz. vodka (or substitute tequila, and it's called a BLOODY BULL)
8 OZ Tomato or V-8 juice
2 dashes Worcester sauce
Tabasco sauce, Salt and pepper, Pure horseradish to taste.
Mix in shaker. Pour over ice into cocktail glass. Add a large squeeze of lemon juice. Garnish with a stick of celery, olives, asparagus spears or my favorite--chilled cooked shrimp!
HAPPY NEW YEAR, and BEST WISHES for HEALTH AND PEACE in 2011!!!