I consider myself as a modern girl. I like holidays with a decent hot water shower and clean bedding. My kitchen has some pretty modern appliances such as a food processor and a kitchen aid mixer. My clothes are fuss free, girly and basic.
It may come to you as a surprise that I like to make traditional soups and desserts from time to time too. A few months ago, Asher developed a nasty cough. The kind of cough that keeps him (and us) awake through the night. I was looking for natural and healthy alternatives to help soothe his throat. Manuka or Jarrah Honey helps but I wanted more options.
She would brew soups and making sweet soups to nourish our lungs and throats. With that in mind, I went back to my Cantonese Chinese roots and decided to make a traditional drink for us.
Pear is nourishing and refreshing, bitter and sweet almonds helps to strengthen the lungs and is said to help with coughs. Red dates replenishing blood. White fungus is meant to be the “poor man’s birds nest” with its nourishing properties.
I love it cold on a hot summer day. Asher? He takes it in whatever state.
- 1 nashi pear sliced
- 1/2 cup or 2-3 pieces of white fungus soaked in warm water
- 3-4 red dates
- 1/4 cup of bitter and sweet almonds that has been soaked in water water for 15 minutes
- 2 tsp of goji berries washed and soaked in water
- 1 tsp of honey
- Wash fungus well. Place everything but honey in a double boiler or in a sauce pan and simmer for 15-20 minutes. Honey to taste.