have you ever had this nagging feeling of what to cook whenever a festive season is around the corner? what mood do i want to create? i want it to be different but not too overwhelming for my guests....who am i inviting? what is the occasion? are they adults or children? big eaters or mousy eaters? well there is room for everyone... read on.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Stubborn itchy coughs?

Hey everyone! Weather has been quite unpredictable lately, one minute hot and humid the next minute, thunder storm. Since the 4th day of Chinese New Year , I caught a nasty flu bug and ended with a very irritating itchy cough. My sister reminded me of this refreshing brew mom used to make whenever we were under the weather. It is suppose to help eliminate phelgmy itchy coughs. It's pretty easy to brew and tastes delicious too. I know, this is not exactly the type of brew one serves for a gathering but it always has plenty of takers.
One can easily purchase a packet or two from the local chinese medical shops. It consists of dried honey dates, dried figs, dried sliced pears, chinese almond and a piece of sweetened dried mandarin orange. A packet of RM5.00 is enough for a family of 4 -5 persons. It is also children friendly cos it's sweet and will not overdose.
To brew it, just put 3 litres of filtered water into a soup pot, pour in all the contents and boil steadily for 1 hour. After that, you may drink it all day long. Cheers!

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