Seems like my oldest (who is thirteen) is revisiting toddlerhood, in behavior certainly, and also with illnesses. Every other week, he is down with a fever or cough or runny nose. And this time, he shared it with the entire family (save my husband, who has had the great pleasure of spending the long holiday weekend digging holes in the garden and nursing four family members back to health).
I unfortunately became ill with a fever and hacking cough as well. And there was nothing that I wanted more than a bowl of steaming hot pho. Pronounced fuh, it is essentially Vietnamese noodle soup, usually served for breakfast, though we typicaly eat it for lunch. It's fabulous flavor comes from a few important ingredients--roasted onions and ginger, star anise and fish sauce. Rice noodles and your meat of choice are added to that rich and fragrant broth (I always have chicken breast because I'm kind of a sissy), but the more adventurous types can try various types of beef, fish balls, or tripe.
The kids love it plain but I love it spicy (it clears the sinuses, you know). Additional flavor comes from the garnishes which include basil (preferably Thai), sliced shallots, cilantro, lime juice, sliced jalapenos, bean sprouts, Sambal Oelek (chili paste), and Hoisin sauce which are served up on a large platter so you can add as much or as little as you like.
One bowl of this had me breathing again, and it wasn't so difficult that I couldn't manage to make it myself, even being under the weather. We moms never get a sick day anyway, right? The best part is that there are leftovers so I can enjoy this another day--perhaps tomorrow when my almost-better kids have gone back to school and I can enjoy some much needed peace and quiet.