(This is a substitute post)
There is a local place where we go for take-out Chinese at least once a month. The lady who runs the place knows me, calls me "Mami," and we talk and joke around while I wait for my order (always with no MSG!) Once we were discussing how MSG is a staple in Chinese cooking. I said that it gives my daughter migraines. The Chinese woman said, "Oh, she needs to use [and here she said something that sounded like] seri."
I immediately perked up, thinking that maybe this was the answer to our problems-some ancient Chinese herbal remedy or something! I asked her, "Is that Chinese?" She looked at me like I had two heads. "You don't know 'seri?'" she asked. I shook my head. "What is it? Say it again?" She repeated the word at least a couple more times but to no avail. At this point, most people probably would have just said, "Okay," and left it at that, but I wasn't about to let a possible migraine remedy go unexplored just because of a language barrier! "I still don't understand," I said. "Can you spell it?" She shook her head at me like I was a slow witted child. " 'Seri' like you use in 'sarad' " she finally said. Then the light bulb went off. "Oh," I exclaimed, "celery!" "Yeah, tell her to chew it. Good for headache."
I did try it. It didn't work. Oh well. So much for Chinese herbal remedies!
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