Flu is a vicious little bitch.

Snotty nose, cough, fever, headache… I’ve had the whole she bang this week, and it’s not fun. Not even a little bit.

But I’m better now. And I’m attributing a big part of that to THIS. My incredible, warm, spicy, delicious and magical* Sick Day cheese toastie recipe.

*Probably not really magical.

*But maybe.

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What is it about melted cheese that’s just so gosh-darned comforting?

It’s the number one thing I crave, whenever I’m feeling poorly or sad or just under the weather. Hot, gooey, bubbly cheese. On pasta, over cauliflower, in toasties… whatever you do with it, it’s always delicious.

Now, what some of you may not know, is that mustard is a well-known home-remedy for colds.

You’re supposed to make up a paste with it, and put it on a compress on your chest, to help ease congestion. The other suggestion I found was to stick your feet in a bath filled with water and mustard powder. Apparently this draws the blood to your feet, and ALSO helps ease congestion.

Personally I’d rather just eat my mustard, but hey, to each their own…

I did actually find it helped clear my nose and head a bit, but if nothing else, the heat of the mustard will cut throw any numbed-by-flu taste buds.

The final touch to this perfect specimen of a sandwich is a handful of shredded spinach – because vitamins.

And if you want to really amp up the sick day comfort eating, serve it with a bowl of Heinz tomato soup.

You’re welcome.

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INGREDIENTS (serves one)

● 2 slices of bread (I go for seeded because yum)

● 1 tsp of butter

● 1/2 tsp of English mustard

● A generous handful of grated mature cheddar cheese

● A generous handful of spinach


1. Mix your grated cheese and mustard in a bowl.

2. Put a frying pan on to heat. Butter your bread. Shred your spinach.

3. Place one slice of bread butter side down in the pan. Top it with half the mustardy cheese mixture and turn the heat down to low.

4. Once the cheese starts to soften, add the spinach, top with the rest of the cheese, and the second slice of bread. Make sure the butter side is facing out.

5. Now flip it! Use a fish slice and very carefully turn it over, so the other side can toast. Should only take a minute or two.

6. Serve it, slice it, cuddle up in bed, and eat it!

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  • Ohhhhh gawd damn you, I need this in my life right now! Glad you’re feeling better chick, hopefully this will get rid of my horrible sniffly nose too x

  • I absolutely LOVE cheese and I so want to cook a toastie like this. Pleased to hear you’re feeling better. Making a mental note xx

    Ioanna |

  • A cheese toasty always make me feel better – whether I’m ill, or just feeling a little low. This post really makes me want one now haha! x

  • The slow pace

    Pero qué rico!!!! >Creo que va a ser mi cena hoy. No estoy mala pero voy a ir al gimnasio, que es prácticamente lo mismo jejeje!

  • Oh my gaaaad this looks and sounds so delicious!! I love mustard in mac n cheese but never thought of adding it to a toastie. Also love the idea of chucking spinach in so you can make a cheese toastie one of your five a day woo hoo! xxx
    Lucy @ La Lingua | Life, Travel, Italy

  • meg

    Jeez Louise this looks divine. Cheese toasties are my weakness and I’ll always have one (or two) when I’m feeling a little rubbish.

    Meg | Elmpetra

  • Oh my my. Well sick or not, I used to wake up and make a toastie in the oven when I was funemployed (lol)! Haven’t had a cheese toastie in a while now but it’s such great weather to eat one RIGHT NOW (4pmish = I’ve hit the slump)… I need to try this mustard trick! I love mustard mmmm!

    Cherie | sinonym

  • Sam

    Well this looks INCRED. Not sure it needs to be saved for a sick day.. xxx

    Sam // What I Know Now

  • Damn this looks good! Simon makes me cheese on toast most Sundays (cos I’m a diva!) but after seeing this I think he seriously needs to up his game!

  • This sounds AMAZING! I will definitely keep it in mind for my next sick day – which probably won’t be too far off, since we’ve headed into cold season! Glad you’re feeling better now, and, yes, I think the magic of an amazing meal can definitely be credited for a full recovery. ;)

    Clementine | My Darling Clementine

  • ninegrandstudent

    This looks SO good, never thought about adding spinach but I’m definitely saving that idea up. I like to add a spoon of pesto into my toasties, onion is also good! x

    NINEGRANDSTUDENT: A Lifestyle Blog

  • Rachael Dickinson

    This looks gorgeous. On my sick days I just lay and don’t move!

    Rachael xox

  • I never thought I’d learn something from someones grilled cheese recipe, but why did I never think of mustard?! Genius!

  • Gosh, that’s made my mouth water! Looks sooooo good :-D

    Lauren x