I'm writing this with a heavy heart. I received a phone call from DC last night informing me that YL just passed away. We are expecting her demise since her cancer cells kept coming back after her chemo sessions and operations, but not so soon. I'm worried for her 6 year old daughter, what is going to happen to her? At such a young age, can she handle it? It is going to be very tough on her.
I cannot imagine myself leaving my kids behind. But no one knows when one will have to leave, I always believe that it is all predestinated, when the time comes, if you have to go, you just have to go. And this is one of the reasons why I started this blog, I want my loved ones to remember me by (and also to have a record of what food I've prepared for them) if I were to disappear for no apparent reasons.
Anyway, back to what I've been cooking. I found out about this Zhi Ke Tang (止咳汤) in a forum, highly recommended by a few forumers. They claimed that this drink is good for cough with phlegm. They bought the prepacked so was unable to advice on how much ingredients to use. Since I've got all the ingredients at home, I decided to concoct my own.
10g Fritillaria, crushed (川贝母)
20g Apricot kernels/chinese almonds (南北杏)
1 - 2 dried orange/kat paeng (桔饼)
30g Dried Figs (无花果)
4g Liquorice Root (干草)
1.5 litre water
- Rinse all ingredients.
- Put all ingredients in a pot with 1.5 litres of water. Bring to boil and simmer for 1 - 2 hours.
And thanks to all the well-wishes posted in my blog, emails, sms, msn and skype. I managed to trim off my broken nail and life is back to normal now.