Living in the Washington D.C. area has been a delicious and entertaining adventure.  In the few years  I have called the city home, I have come to appreciate many things about living in Washington, D.C.

So many things to do.

Places to go.

Food to eat.

But, in that time, there is one thing I could certainly have lived without. The weather. And, the allergies. Off and on. All year. Regardless of the season. And, in humorous conversations with boy eat, we devised names for each of Washington, D.C.’s finer seasons.

Funkuary: the cold, gray, murky start to the year that ends sometime in February if you’re lucky

Sprung: Spring happens so fast; before you know it, it’s Sprung.

Humer: The humidity of actual summer can really make you sticky.

FastFl: Fall happens so rapidly we don’t even include all its letters in this name. Blink and you’re looking for your goose down jacket.

And, winter. Cold, cozy winter lasts for at least a couple of months and despite the problems with snow, ice, cold freezing frigid my face skin hurts, winter brings with it an answer to one of my greatest problems. Allergies.

So in the past few days I have not been posting. Instead I have been:

using a neti pot. enough said.

drowning in Vicks.

eating soup. lots of soup.

And, today, Boy Eat surprised me with a soup that cured my worries, a soup I once thought was beyond my reach. An alternative to chicken noodle. With all the noodle goodness. All the veggies. And, none of the chicken.

Let’s hope I make it outside before Fastfl comes to a fast end.

Boy Eat’s Chicken-Less Noodle Soup (serves one) Let’s face it; Boy Eat’s not eating soup for dinner.

“Recipe”: Heat 2 tsp sunflower oil. Add 1/2 tsp celery salt, 1 tsp turmeric, 1 tsp black or white pepper, and salt to taste.  Toss in a handful of chopped veggies (green peas, celery, carrots, whatever you like in soup).  Saute veggies on medium heat until halfway cooked.  Add in 2 cups of vegetable broth and 1 giant handful of egg noodles.  Stir and cook (covered) for 8 minutes.  Remove lid, stir and pour into a giant bowl.

Eat with cheese and crackers.   Babybel is my new favorite.  Or just a toasted bread roll, maybe dunked in some olive oil. Maybe not. 

And, then, suffer through the Neti Pot experience.  I have Boy Eat to thank for that one, too.

And, above all else, good luck with allergy season.



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