Christine’s recommended Pineapple and Ginger natural Cough mixture..

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The great thing about having a Facebook page is that you can have a moan – in this case about the virus that ended my Christmas festivities shortly after Boxing day – (it’s been going around; loads of people had it) Not only do you get sympathy, but sometimes you even get helpful suggestions.

This, from my cousin Christine, is one such recommendation.. In my usual spirit of giving credit where it’s due, Christine (actually, Christine’s friend Vera!) found this recipe on a blog called The View from Great Island.

I was impressed with myself that I actually had all the required ingredients to hand, but the fact is that it was shortly after Christmas, and the house was still filled with goodies that I hadn’t managed to use up (due to being – you know – sick).

I enjoyed making this, and I’m sipping it from a shot glass, which seems to be somewhere like the proper-sized dose, but also makes me feel cool. (tragic, I know..) but get this – I’m not coughing!

Can I ask you please to read the all the NOTES before you put this together?


  •  a Food processor, or a blender- we have a Magimix blender, which was bought at great expense by Mr Sat. Night, and has only been used 3 times, each time by me. So I used that; it makes him feel good 😉 If you have a Smoothie maker, it’s ideal for this recipe..

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  • Sharp knife
  • Sterilised jar or clean container to hold your ‘medicine’
  • A sieve, if you’re going to strain it.


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  • 2 thick slices of fresh pineapple, skin and ‘eyes’ removed, but core left in. Cut into smallish chunks.

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  • a thumb-sized pieces of fresh ginger, peeled and cut into thin strips.
  • juice of a lemon.
  • 2 dessertspoons of honey – any kind
  • a tiny, tiny bit of Cayenne pepper – optional ( see NOTES)


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The amount seen in this picture is for a doubled recipe – don’t underestimate the strength of Cayenne Pepper!



  • Put everything into your processor and blitz until smooth – this may take a little while.
  • Now you can either strain it, or keep it as it is, and transfer into your chosen container. I like that more ‘fruit-pulp’ feel, so I didn’t bother straining it. Addendum: see NOTES!
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One shot for me, the rest for the fridge!

  • Refrigerate, and take it as you feel you need it. Give it a good stir before you use it.


  • As regards using this for kids, (and here I mean 10 years old +) It’s important that you ensure that they’re not allergic to any of the ingredients. I remember as a kid, how fresh pineapple made my lips go funny, so just be careful before you feed it to them. There are enzymes in Pineapple that can cause an allergic reaction.
  • I don’t know if it’s just the brand of Cayenne pepper that I use, but even the smallest amount will blow your head off. Therefore I recommend that you definitely don’t add it if you’re giving this to kids.. And add just a little to see how it feels to you. Always remembering that you can add more, but not subtract it.. UPDATE: it seems to me that the Cayenne  becomes stronger as you store the mixture. Therefore I’d recommend using only the smallest amount possible
  • I’m drinking this from a shot glass. I know I’m too old to be cool, but can I just say that during the time I’ve been writing this recipe that I haven’t coughed once? Impressive or what??
  • According to the Blog, it lasts a week in the fridge.
  • Update: Once this magic potion has sat in the fridge for a while, the fibrous bits seem to intensify, so I think I’ll probably strain it the next time. I’d certainly strain it for kids – all that ‘fishing-bits-out-of-your-mouth’ wouldn’t go down well with them!

I started writing down recipes in an old copybook when I was about 16. With 6 children at home, my Mother was always glad of a hand in the kitchen, and really allowed us to experiment - as long as we washed up afterwards, and left the kitchen immaculate! Having a tidy kitchen has followed me through my life, as has the habit of writing down my favourite recipes; except that these days I write them for my website, and add photographs when I can. The website really started when it occurred to me that my daughter might like to have these recipes when I've forgotten them. In my early days of cooking for family and friends, I used to phone my Mum all the time to ask her for the recipe for some of our favourite family dinners. She rarely had a recipe to hand - I think, like me, she made a lot of it up as she went along.. So welcome to Eating for Ireland - these are the recipes that my friends and family having been eating these past 40 years.. yes, I truly am ancient! They are tried and tested, and have worked for me for all that time - I have updated them as new ingredients became available - I really hope you'll find something that you can make into a family favourite of your own. You don't have to tell anyone where you found these great new dishes that you're serving up - it can be our little secret, but I'd really love it if you could give me a sneaky 'follow' on Facebook and Instagram.. So off you go - have a good rummage around, you're bound to find something new! My sincere thanks to all of you who have found a recipe that you liked and dropped me a line to tell me - I really do love to hear from you! Happy Cooking! Becks xx

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