The Honey and Lemon Cold cure..

Lemon and Honey cure (4)

Ok, so we all know that nothing can actually ‘cure’ the common cold, and its leftovers, but this little recipe will ease your pain somewhat. Mr Sat Night read an article somewhere about the benefits of an Old Wives’ Tale cure versus various supermarket cough bottles, and the Honey and lemon won hands down. So he persuaded me to have a go, which I did (nothing could have made me feel any worse, that was for sure) and the effects were immediate, but fairly short-lived. Still, better than nothing, eh?

My advice, if you have a delicate stomach, is to eat something first because, basically it’s just lemon juice and honey, – the clue was in the title there 😉  –  so you might find it a little harsh on an empty tum..

It’s simplicity itself..


  • A 250 ml heat-proof mug or glass
  • A teaspoon


  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 2 teaspoons of honey  – Any kind – I have some lovely local honey available to me thanks to St George’s Market and my good friend Liz, but if all you’ve got is Boyne Valley Squeezy, then that will do too, for the time being..
  • Boiling water


Lemon and Honey cure (1)

  • Squeeze the lemon juice into your chosen glass
  • add two heaped teaspoonfuls of honey.

Lemon and Honey cure (2)

  • Keeping the spoon in the glass, top it off with boiling water.
  • Stir until the honey has dissolved

Lemon and Honey cure (3)

  • Drink it while it’s still warm


  • This definitely gives you a good half-hour’s comfort from symptoms, so what have you got to lose?
  • Although I like honey, I wasn’t sure that I’d manage this, but it tasted lovely, and really comforting.

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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