I grew up in Tel Baruch in a kind of small family commune. My sister’s parent’s, and I, paternal grandparents, maternal grandfather and mother’s sister and her family, all lived in a string of houses on the same street.
I have to admit that as a child, it was nice for me to be sick sometimes, I received a lot of attention from all my surrounding family members and every illness, or feeling, was also accompanied by the Grandmother’s special remedies, which they prepared especially for me.
As in every Jewish community, the king of the home medicine’s was chicken soup, but I especially liked my grandmother’s cure for upset stomachs and my mother’s medicine for sore throat and cough.
When I suffered from an upset stomach, my grandmother would cook rice for me in a lot of water until it had a mushy texture (not the usual one to one way), without oil and without spices. So that it would still be a little tasty, I had a little crumbled Bulgarian cheese like they used to make. How simple, how delicious, warms the stomach and heals.
When I had lumps in my throat, my mom would make the most delicious Kogel mogel in the world. So delicious, that sometimes my sister and I would pretend like it hurt… The base for Kogel mogel is egg yolks whipped with sugar and warm milk. My genius mother added cocoa powder and turned it into something that tastes more like Italian chocolate.
Ingredients for Rice for an upset stomach
- 1/2 cup rice white, unrinsed
- 2 cups water
- 1.7 oz (50 grams) Bulgarian cheese hard
For the Kogel mogel:
- 1 egg yolks
- 1 tablespoon Sugar
- 3/4 cup milk hot
- 1/2 teaspoon Cocoa Powder (you can replace 1/2 tablespoon of sugar and a teaspoon of cocoa powder with a heaped teaspoon of chocolate)
Rice for an upset stomach
1. Mix rice (not washed - the starch is necessary for the medicine) and water in a pot, bring to a boil and cook over low heat until the rice is very soft.
2. Transfer to a bowl, crumble a little salty cheese and eat only that, until the upset stomach passes.