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I am with my friend in a dried food wholesale shop, asking lots of questions.

Pick up a pack from a soup ingredients shelf and ask again. ‘How do you think?’

‘Yes. It’s good idea, because you teach yoga, speak a lot!’

 

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The pack contains dried fruits and nuts,

saying

‘Moisten lungs tea with Heaven flower’s fruits’.

 

Wow! That attract me,

me a Chinese Traditional Medicine beginner.

 

Having cooked according her instruction,

I got Amrita – nectar from heaven.

 

 

Rinse white nuts – Sweet almonds in hot water. Rinse other ingredients – Snow pears, Tangerines, Honey dates, Figs in water. Cut figs into half.

Heat 1 liter water in a pot. I use thermal cooker. When water is warmed, add all the ingredients. Boil it in high fire then lower heat to simmer for another 45 mins.

Pour over strainer. Separate liquid and others. Keep fig and dates.

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Drink with hot water, or soda and ice cubes.

Or mix with Agar. Make jelly with figs and dates.

 

Sweetness from heaven soak our throat, lungs and our words.

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薬膳ビギナー

 

乾物卸問屋さんで友人に質問の嵐。薬膳スープの棚からひと袋取り出して「どう思う?」

「そうね。それがいいわ。ヨガを教えてるから、いっぱい喋るしね。」

 

袋にはドライフルーツとナッツ。ラベルには「天花果 潤肺茶」

薬膳ビギナーの私にはいいかも!

 

友人に教わった通りに作ると、アムリタ・天の甘露の出来上がり。

 

白いナッツ・スィートアーモンドは熱湯に通す。他の材料・雪梨、蜜柑、棗と無花果をさっと洗う。無花果は半分に切る。

鍋に1リットルの水を入れ火にかける。私は真空保温鍋を使用。水が温かくなったら全ての材料を入れ、一度強火で沸騰させてから、45分弱火で煮る。

漉して液体とその他に分ける。無花果と棗を取り出しておく。

 

熱いお湯と一緒に飲み物として。ソーダと氷で冷たくして。

寒天を溶かし、果物と一緒にスィーツとして。

 

天の甘露を喉に、肺に、そして言葉に。

 

It’s good for you. My sis said.

Years later I founds this pricy New Zealand honey at Mustafa Centre.

Now it is one of my regular ingredients for breakfast and tea.

manuka honey

The bigger it’s certified number is, the more expensive it is, even the taste is not much difference.

The number is supposed to indicate the anti-bacterial properties which treat eye ear sinus infection, inflammation, high cholesterol, might be prevent cancer.

It works both in hot and cool. I love to have with yogurt or in mint tea.

Yumm… Golden sweetie. Oh! It’ all right. It is medicine, isn’t it?

‘Hello Mum. I’m in front of gate about to have breakfast you made for me.’

This is my usual last call before leaving Japan

with Starbucks’ ‘Houji-cha latte’ as the last sip of Japanese drink.

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Starbucks starts selling Houji-cha latte

at outside of Japan.

Nice to have home-reminder in any time.

At home? Yes.

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How to make is same with chai.

Put more than 1Tbs of Houji-cha

and small amount of water in small pan.

Heat over medium flame.

Let it boiling up for a while

till water change into brown.

Add a cup of milk or soya-milk

and brown sugar.

When it turns into brown,

strain and pour into a cup.

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Have a sip of warm heart wherever we are.

‘It is not artificial. It is natural color from flower. Don’t worry.’

I always said to the people who hesitated to take refreshment

before Dhamma talk in Ariyasom Villa.

It was blue liquid, looked like blue ink.

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I pick Butterfly pea flowers

which bloomed one day before.

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Over fresh or dried flowers,

pour boiling water.

When the water cool down,

squeeze flowers,

water turn into blue.

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Squeeze small lime.

Blue turn into purple.

Magical moment.

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Drink purple water.

It’s only lime taste

but is spring water of youth.

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Butterfly pea water has anthocyanin which is anti-oxidant. Because it has no taste, it can be used as food color.

I have a mint pot. She grows very quick.

I ask her ‘may I have some?’ She smiles always.

Cut about 5cm above the soil. Receive two twigs with gratitude.

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Drain twigs in clear water.

Place some rock sugar or honey into a small pot. Coil the twigs and stuff in.

Pour boiling water. Close the cover immediately.

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Pour light green liquid into a cup.

Smily Freshy Greeny.

Happy day restarted. Thanks!

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I was too tired,  got a cold, kept coughing. Took a cup of warm drink. Relieved.

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My first bottle was present from my Korean friend. I hooked it.

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There is two types, ‘Ginger and honey’ and ‘Yuzu (aromatic citrus) and honey’.

Ginger makes body warm. Yuzu is rich in vitamin C.

Both are good for recover from cold and refresh!

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I sip it with hot water.

I gulp it with soda.

I drink it with hot milk.

I add it in marinade.

I eat it as marmalede.

Finished this bottle already? Ok. Open next!

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In Haruki Murakami’s novel, a boy wrapped a fresh cucumber by seaweed and snaped it. That sound and fresh smell made his Dad in his hospital bed woke up nicely.

Cucumber is one of my fridge regulars.  It has vitamin A, B , mineral such as potassium, dietary fiber and phytochemical, contains lot of water, makes body cool down. Summer vege.

Cucumber is also my regulars in salad, cool noodles, stir-fries, eaten in various way. I eat half of  piece and by the other half  make light pickles for breakfast.

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Light pickles

Cut a cucumber into one bite size. Sprinkle a tsp salt . Wait about one hour in room temprature.

Put half tsp Kelp tea (right side) into glass container. Add boiled water 30cc . Add vegetable and dried chili. if the water doesn’t cover the vege, add more water.

Afterl cool down, keep in fridge for several hours or over night. When the cucumber gets salty and soft, squeeze it and place on a tiny plate.

Other veges, like radish, white radish, carrot, Chinese cabbage are lovely too.

Simple and fresh pickles. Sound strange?

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Kelp tea – Kobu cha

It is made from the same kelp for making clear soup, contaning salt, sugar, kelp powder and amino acid. It is drunk for health in Japan, also used in cooking like powder soup stock.

It is sold at Paragon and Fuji-super market at Sukhumvit soi 33/1.

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