Madam Huan thanked the messenger eunuch and passed him some silvers before he left.
Huan Qing Yan carried her prize and joyfully returned into the consulate, she wanted to find Ji Mo Ya to share her joy with him…
How could she know that Ji Mo Ya was not at home despite being early in the morning!
Huan Qing Yan suddenly felt flustered, 'Did Ji Mo Ya leave without saying goodbye?'
How could he do that!
Only when she checked with the gate guards did she learn that Ji Mo Ya had went out to settle some matters and did not leave for good.
Only then did her flustering heart settled down, it's good as long as he did not leave.
Maybe she had interpreted the message wrongly, the term 'depart immediately' might have been referring to his subordinates instead of him.
In addition, all gatherings would end eventually, it was only natural that they would have to separate one of these days…
She went silent as she continued to think of various possibilities.
Huan Qing Yan carried her prize and returned to her accommodations; she handed Madam Huan 25 spirit dishes, hoping to use them as powerful supplements for Little Xing Han by letting him eat five meals per day, each meal consisting of five spirit dishes that boosted stamina.
Then she entered her dimension. Since Ji Mo Ya was not home, she could use this chance to cook the medicinal food that could cure Huan Jiu Li's muteness…
There was a large pile of ingredients in front of Huan Qing Yan; she arranged them according to the steps of their usage that was written in the recipe. Most of these ingredients were spirit ingredients and not entirely based on the ingredients needed within the recipe; some of these ingredients were replaced with those that possessed similar effects, while the remaining ingredients were beast bones, minerals, bird feathers, dried fruits, tree bark, etc.
The core ingredient, the Ocean Life Flower, was in fact not a flower but a type of coral-like substance that grew into the shape of a flower. It was not large, just about the size of a palm. Huan Qing Yan cautiously hammered it and detached a small piece.
This was the first time she was preparing a medicinal food, so Huan Qing Yan was not confident of the results.
Medicinal food and spirit dishes were different entities, as compared to the latter, the former emphasized heavily on the combination of when the ingredients were used, such as the sequence of using the ingredients, the intensity of the fire, the timing etc…
Huan Qing Yan solemnly entered the manufacturing area of the Medicinal Food Room and stood in front of the medicinal cauldron within the room.
The cauldron was rather large, the size of a large earthen pot; she was slightly nervous, so she silently repeated the recipe and the steps in her mind before starting.
After an hour, Huan Qing Yan's first attempt failed.
Another hour later, the second attempt failed.
A total of ten consecutive failures.
Huan Qing Yan's mental power was depleted; as an Intermediate Spirit Chef, she could prepare a hundred dishes a day but for medicinal food, she could only prepare about ten times.
The next day within the dimension, Huan Qing Yan continued.
Fortunately, she had made ample preparations and accumulated enough ingredients beforehand. This was because she knew that it was her first time trying to create a medicinal food, so had also prepared herself for failure.
After another four failures, although the other ingredients were fine and ample, the Ocean Life Flower had been reduced to half its original size, causing her heart to ache.
On her fifth attempt, a notification finally rang: "Ding! Discovered Medicinal Food: Voice Recovery, able to cure muteness…"
Huan Qing Yan immediately removed the cover of the cauldron and a strong heavy fragrance came from within…
The ingredients within had all been converted into a pot of thick paste. Huan Qing Yan took a small spoon to taste it; the flavor was indescribable, and it tasted like an ocean breeze; although it could not be considered nice to drink, it did not taste disgusting as well.
The spirit dishes were normally made purely from spirit ingredients, so they would naturally taste good.
While medicinal foods used a large variety of ingredients, mostly anything that possessed medicinal properties, so it was expected that they would be less tasty.
Huan Qing Yan sighed a breath of relief, as though she had just received a great reward.
She quickly transferred some amount into a bowl, not much, about half a bowl's worth.
Before she left the dimension and headed towards the Imperial Medical Building.
Within the prison.
After laughing crazily for a day and a night, Huan Meng Yue finally stopped.
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