Where Was This When I Was 21?

Friday, March 12, 2010

Wednesday morning I tweeted that I needed a hangover cure stat. Sadly, the twitter world was not able to answer my prayers, but because miracles do happen, that very same day I found what had been missing from the past 10 13 years (sorry mom) of my life. Yes, a cure for a hangover. No joke this really works!

The *magical* potion was found like this:
(8am call to BFF)

Me: Head Hurty
Bff: Right there with ya sister.
Me: Why did I think it was suck a good idea to have 5 glasses of wine last night?
Bff: Yeah, I'm not sure.
Me: Can you kill me now?
Bff: Probably not.
Me: LM up at 6, how am I going to survive until nap?
Bff: You need cure all tea.
Me: Cure all what?
Bff: Cure all tea, from the Kind Diet. Remember discussing this in detail last night?
Me: No, head hurty.
Bff: Meet me at the park in an hour and I'll bring you a cup.
Me: I owe you my life.

(Fast forward 2 hours and one large glass of salty tea later.)

Me: Holy shit it works!
Bff: Told you.

I am a believer! Never before has something made me feel so much better so damn fast. Alicia Silverstone must have sold her soul to the devil himself because this tea truly is other worldly. After I was cured I immediately rushed out and bought the book (yes, I am always late to the bandwagon) and thus far I haven't been disappointed. I'll save you all the 17.95$ and the pounding headache and share the recipe with you myself, but I must also highly recommend this book. We are 90 % vegetarian, and have a similar lifestyle to the one discussed, even so I am finding it a fascinating read and the recipes alone have made it worth the purchase price. I promise to try out almost all of them and share with you the best of the best.

In preparation for St. Patrick's day here is the Cure All Tea (note I found all the ingredients at Whole Foods.) It is recommended for hangovers, nausea, heartburn relief, to soothe digestion, and basically if you have a case of the blahs.

Serves 1

1 Kukicha tea bag(I've also used green)
1/4- 1/2 Umeboshi plum, pit removed and chopped very fine
3-5 drops Shoyu (it's a type of soy sauce)

Seep the tea in 1 cup of boiling water. While the tea seeps, place the Umeboshi plum into a teacup with the Shoyu. Pour the tea over the plum and stir well. Drink hot.

A cure for a hangover, where was this when I was 21? Hmmm perhaps it's a good thing I only found this now!

(Photo Credit: From Here)


Jodi said...

I am trying it for sure. I could use it when we travel and drink too much with relatives.

Anonymous said...

I just tried this....not because I was hung over but just blah. Do you think the Shoyu is necessary? It just seemed so salty to me!!

Anyway, thanks for posting the recipe...I love tea :)

Jo said...

i like the idea but I think i'm out of my league w/kukicha, umebolshi, shoyu... There needs to be a recipe for the kitchen-impaired.

lunarossa said...

Sounds good, but I'm not sure I can find the ingredients here in the UK! I wouldn't know where to look. Is there any alternative with simpler ingredients? Ciao. A.

Yummy Mummy said...

I know the ingredients seem scary: Trust me making this tea is just as easy as adding honey and milk. These are very common ingredients in asian cooking, the tea is similar to Green, the Shoyu is soy sauce, and the plums can't really be replaced as they are the "secret ingredient" but they really aren't that weird. In the US you can get all the ingredients at Whole Foods, in the UK I would try a good asian market. I almost don't believe it myself but this totally works and it worth the chase to find the ingredients!

Anon: it is a bit Salty. I didn't mind but I bet you could get away with a drop or two or none at all. the plum seems to be the key!


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The Lady's Lounge said...

yeah... I never had hangovers as a teenager or even in my twenties.
In my thirties a hangover was annoying. Now, freshly forty years old, hangovers are killer and sometimes last a couple of days!

You could argue that I should just stop drinking but I'd probably kick you in the knee and stick you in the eye with a plastic fork.

The book (The Kind Diet) has changed my life for a handful of reasons but the price was worth it for the cure all tea alone.