Lately, looks like the cough bug is in the air. My neighbour has been coughing for quite a while, so are my friends and their children. Lately my other half has been coughing too and instead of relying on the cough mixture, I turn to traditional Chinese remedies and hope for the best.
Elin of Elinluv's sweet delights recommended this concoction to me and I tried it ..... 'Double boiled apple with rock sugar'. Even if you're not coughing you can still make this soothing drink. Elin has a lot of wonderful recipes and right now she's in the mood of making bread. Do check out her blog, in fact she has two and I can assure you that you won't be disappointed.
I made this twice. The first time I used a double boiler, and on the second, I used a mini slow cooker as I don't have to monitor and add in water in the double boiler pot.
You'll need to abstain from eating chicken, oranges and grapes if you wish to recover from your cough because if left unchecked, you'll be coughing for months!
The sugary syrup with a slight tinge of sourness from the green apple is indeed very soothing to the 'ticklish' throat. This is not a guaranteed antidote but no harm in trying for it may work for some but not suitable for others. Nonetheless, your life won't be shortened with an overdose of this soothing drink ! Oh a less hassle way to combat cough is to eat fresh Jackfruit void of washing. It worked for me but not for my other half.
- 2 green apples
- 150 - 200 gm rock sugar, rinsed
- 2.1/2 cups hot water
- Cut off the top part of the apple, core and peel off the skin. ( I had to do this as the skin was waxy).
- Stuff the cored part of the apple with small pieces of rock sugar.
- Place the apples in the mini slow cooker, add in 2.1/2 cups hot water and 150 gm rock sugar.
- Switch on the slow cooker and leave it for 5 hours.
- Dish out the apple and syrup into a bowl.
- Serve warm.
- If using a double boiler, boil on medium low for 3 hours and don't forget to check the level of water in the boiler pot.
- You can substitute apples with Chinese pears or lemons.
I'm submitting this entry to Aspiring Bakers #5 : Fruity March (March 2011)
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