Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Steamed Green Apple With American Ginseng To Cure Headaches Forever

I know. It sounds unbelievable right?

Steamed green apple with American ginseng will cure your headaches forever? Isn't it such an audacious claim? Really? Does it work?

Actually, these were my reactions too when I heard it from - of all people - my mum!

As I live in Penang and my mum lives in Selangor (Banting, to be specific, which is a little town near Morib and one that's well-known for its seafood), we have regular phone conversations. These days it's much easier because calls are free - we use Viber a lot. So we have long conversations.

About food. About life. Mostly food. She knows I love my food. And I like taking good care of myself. I am a hedonist. I probably learnt that from her. She's always telling me how we should all eat better. It is true though. With better nutrition, you do feel immensely better. That is why SoupQueen exists, right? ;-)

Here's how the story goes.

My mum often goes to the Sunday market in Banting where there's lots of interesting food vendors and vegetable sellers. It's not like a market with a roof and structure. The Sunday market is just a place where sellers and hawkers of all types congregate to sell their wares.

The day she went she met a man hawking his plastic fruit peeler - you know those lively market sales people who snap on a portable microphone and start doing demos with the fruit peeler. Mum didn't buy as she already had a fruit peeler but this guy dispensed a recipe - which is the one I am going to tell you about.

I don't know if it's a marketing spiel but he says this recipe came from his grandmother.

After 3 days of taking this dessert consecutively, you will never have another bad headache again!

Bold claim huh?

So my mum tells me I have to try this recipe. I haven't yet because I've been rather busy. I did buy green apples which is uncommon for me. I don't like apples or oranges much. I prefer local fruits.

Perhaps you can try it and let me know?

You will need:

1 green apple
a few slices of American ginseng
2 dried red dates, pitted
a few pieces rock sugar

You have to core the apple but you can keep the peel on. Into the cored apple, place the American ginseng, red dates and rock sugar. Put this entire apple into a crockpot. Pour over a cup of water. Set your crockpot to simmer for 2 hours.

Drink while warm and eat up the apple, ginseng, red dates and all. Best drunk just before you go to bed.

Continue to brew this again for the next two nights and drink before going to bed.

This, says my mum or rather the fruit peeler guy, will cure your headaches for good.

Do I believe it? I don't know. I don't have (touch wood) massive headaches.

But it sounds do-able and something that probably tastes better than eating paracetamol!

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