It took Su Erya two days to dry the sesame, and then she took out the glutinous rice which was used to make the Zongzi last time, grinded it into powder, and dried it. Then she started to separate the white and black sesame. The black sesame and sugar were used as fillings while the white sesame was fried and put aside.
After Nanny Li made the sugar water, Su Erya poured the glutinous rice powder into it and made the power into a dough then into glutinous rice balls that were not too soft or too hard, and then she kneaded them into small bowl-shaped wrappers, stuffed them with the fillings, and made them into balls. After that, she dipped the glutinous rice balls into water and put them into the sesame dish.
Watching Su Erya cooking so skillfully, Nanny Li was stunned.
When Second Miss was a child, she only did the laundry and wood chopping and she never went into the kitchen. How could she be so practiced, was she… a so-called genius?
Su Erya had already finished all the rest Fried Glutinous Rice Balls with Sesame. The last step is to fry them.
“Fry? It needs so much oil, and it’s dangerous. Miss, let me...”
Su Erya shook her head and did not let her, “We are going to sell these Fried Glutinous Rice Balls with Sesame. If you don’t have a good control of the fire, all I have done will be ruined.”
“To sell them?” Nanny Li was surprised.
“It’s a little impulsive that I gave that poor brother and sister 500 taels last time. But I can make money by selling things,” Su Erya said with a spatula in her hand.
“It doesn’t look delicious at all. Who will buy them…” Nanny Li was worried, but she did not say any words to disappoint her.
Second Miss was gifted, but it was impossible for her to succeed every time. The Zongzi she made last time was amazing. But this time, the Fried Glutinous Rice Balls with Sesame looked like pockmarked faces and didn’t look so nice.
Su Erya poured three small bowls of oil into the pot, and Nanny Li made the fire. After a moment, the oil temperature was about 40℃. Su Erya immediately poured all the Fried Glutinous Rice Balls with Sesame into the oil, which made the sound of crackling for a long time.
Su Erya wasn’t frightened by the sound. She gently pressed the floated Fried Glutinous Rice Balls with Sesame with the spatula when the oil was about 60℃. After pressing for several times, the Fried Glutinous Rice Balls with Sesame were bulged and not flattened, and their color turned from pale to golden.
She carefully picked out the Fried Glutinous Rice Balls with Sesame and put them into the plate. Nanny Li took a look and suddenly couldn’t help but marvel, “How could it become so nice. They look golden but seem to be transparent from inside, and they are so round, just like big golden pearls.”
Su Erya drained the oil on the Fried Glutinous Rice Balls with Sesame with a smile and put them into a basket one by one. Then she took one and had a bite. A sweet scent immediately floated up. Nanny Li watched Su Erya eat the Fried Glutinous Rice Ball with Sesame and swallowed her saliva.
“Nanny, eat some and sell the rest in the town. If it’s cold, it’s not delicious anymore.”
Nanny Li waved her hand quickly and said, “How can I eat them? You made them for money.”
Su Erya insisted, so she took one and had a bite. Then she couldn’t stop eating after the first bite. She quickly stuffed the whole Fried Glutinous Rice Ball with Sesame into her mouth and said vaguely, “It’s so delicious! It tastes so good! Miss, you’re sure to make money by selling them!”
“Then please sell them in town.”
Su Erya handed over the basket to Nanny Li and said a few more words, then Nanny Li left Jinyuan Court.
At the same time, Yang Wei came to the Su House again, and was followed by a group of servants carrying several boxes of betrothal presents.
“What smells so sweet?”
Yang Wei sniffed and could feel his saliva was about to flow out of his mouth. At this time, Nanny Li came out of the Jinyuan Court with an absent-minded expression. Yang Wei immediately shouted, “Who’s that Nanny over there? Come over to me!”
Nanny Li did not hear him at all, and hurriedly walked out of the gate of the Su House.
Yang Wei was so angry that his nose was about out of joint. Now even a nanny in the Su House dared to ignore him?
“Hum! Since no one leads the way, I am going to find it myself.” Yang Wei turned back and said, “You guys move all these boxes to the Main Courtyard, and I will come later.”
After that, Yang Wei followed the scent and walked away alone, leaving a bunch of servants staring at each other.
The Fried Glutinous Rice Balls with Sesame were just finished, and the fragrance was still strong, so it didn’t take Yang Wei much efforts to arrive at the door of the Jinyuan Court.
“So weird. I remembered that no one lived here. Is there a respected guest in the Su Family living here?”
Yang Wei looked curious and didn’t let people report his presence. He swaggered directly into the Jinyuan Court from the gate. The guards at the door saw him and knew he was Master Yang Wei from the Yang Family, so they all pretended that they didn’t see him.
They all heard that the Yang Family wanted to unite by marriage with the Su Family. Maybe Yang Wei would soon become the son-in-law of the Su Family.
Jinyuan Court was carefully arranged by Zhu Yan, and dotted with precious and elegant trees and flowers. Which made for a beautiful and magnificent aesthetic. Yang Wei was amazed by the court and he praised that the Su Family was richer than the Yang family. There was no such a courtyard in the Yang Family.
Now, Yang Wei was even more curious about the one who was living here.
Passing through the warm and humid corridor, Yang Wei came to the vine-grown courtyard. He stood at the door and was immediately shocked by the picturesque scene.
He saw a simple stone table and a wicker chair in the quiet courtyard.
A girl who was better-looking than fairies in heaven reclined on the wicker chair with her long dress dragged to the ground. The girl slightly closed her eyes with a book in her hand, as if she was already asleep.
Yang Wei was irresistibly drawn by her perfect profile. With his eyes full of obsession, he forgot his initial purpose in the Su House.
“What a glamorous girl. If only I could marry her and spend every night with her. I would even die for her! I used to think that Su Zipei looks beautiful. But now, she seems as ugly as chaff, and I will not even taste her!”
Yang Wei couldn’t help being so excited. But he didn’t barge into the courtyard, because he was afraid that the fairy might be disturbed by him and fly away. However, his heavy breath awakened Su Erya from a light sleep.
Su Erya opened her eyes and saw Yang Wei who was standing at the entrance like a pig. She said no to herself and her face turned cold.
How could Yang Wei come here. With his lustful and shameless nature, he might ask Su Huanli directly for who she was or even ask her to marry him instead!
Su Erya’s eyes turned sharply. A moment later, she suddenly smiled, showing her charm that might captivate all beings. Yang Wei almost fainted from excitement and was about to speak. Suddenly, he felt a surge of heat in his nose, and found he had a nosebleed.
Yang Wei ran away as rapidly as he could, leaving a smudge of blood on the ground.
Su Erya walked lightly to the blood with her feet like the petals of the lotus, pulled the black shell from her arms and placed it beside the blood. The Poisonous Sound Insect in the shell smelled the blood, immediately crawled out and began to suck the blood on the ground. At the same time, an intermittent sound was emitted from the insect.
“Beauty...delicious, fairy... fairy...”
It was the same as Yang Wei’s voice!
Su Erya squinted her eyes slightly and waited until the insect ate up the blood on the ground and returned to the black shell. Then she picked up the shell and turned back to her room.
The plan could be changed a little.
At the entrance of the Main Courtyard, a group of servants from the Yang Family were anxious until they saw Yang Wei, and all of a sudden, they were relieved.
“Master, you were finally here! Any further delay would cause us to be late!”
“Master, why is your nose bleeding?”
“Master, are you all right?”
A group of servants came up and asked him all kinds of questions. Yang Wei waved his hand impatiently and shouted, “A flock of useless things, shut up!”
The air was instantly quiet.
Yang Wei wiped his nose, took one of his servants into the Main Courtyard, and he immediately changed into a gentle and elegant expression.
Su Huanli waited in the room as early as possible, and when he saw Yang Wei who was late, he did not show any dislike. Instead, he laughed and said, “My good nephew, you have kept your promise that you would offer the betrothal presents today. I’ll let Zipei come here.”
Yang Wei stopped Su Huanli with one hand. He stood up and tidied his clothes, then said, “My uncle, in fact, today I came here for another unreasonable demand.”
“Oh?” Su Huanli still smiled, “What is it, my nephew?”
“Today I mistakenly entered the Jinyuan Court.”
Su Huanli’s face changed when Yang Wei said that.
“I saw a woman who is better-looking than the fairy in the painting. So, I dare to ask you who’s the Miss, and I want to know her.”
Su Huanli’s smile gradually disappeared, and his tone gradually became cold, “Master Yang, you already have Zipei, I’m afraid that if you inquire about another girl at this time, wouldn’t that be inappropriate?”
“You are so wrong, my uncle. It’s normal for a man to have more wives and concubines. Didn’t you marry the Second Madam? Why can’t I marry two Misses at one time?”
Su Huanli almost vomited blood in anger. He had never seen such a shameless bastard. Erya now was the apple of his eye. He would never let her marry Yang Wei.
Moreover, no one could match Erya’s talent in cooking. The Zongzi boosted Baiwei Restaurant’s income by three percent. If he took over Baiwei Restaurant in the future, he still had to rely on Erya’s help.
Thinking of this, Su Huanli sneered, “Let me tell you the truth. It is my second daughter who is living in Jinyuan Court.”
Yang Wei’s eyes suddenly became brighter than a light bulb. It’s good that the girl was one of the Su Family’s children. He could marry her instead of Su Zipei!
“But, Master Yang, do you remember that you and Zipei took our night-luminescent pearl and scapegoated another person?”
When Su Huanli said this, Yang Wei immediately looked pale as if he got an electric shock, “Is she…”
Su Huanli ruthlessly ruined Yang Wei’s last hint of illusion, “It was her that you and Zipei scapegoated! Because of you two, my second daughter suffered unfair grievances, even family punishment. For this reason, I could never marry my second daughter to you!”
Yang Wei’s face was so pale that it seemed there was no blood at all. It was so hard to meet a fairy who could only appear in his dream. Unexpectedly, he had already had a relationship with her, but it was the worst kind.
“It seems that Master Yang needs to think about it carefully. I can’t accept the betrothal presents today. You can take them back. Some day when you figure it out, I hope it will not be too late for you to come back. Butler, walk Master Yang out!”
Li Yin, who was standing outside the door and eavesdropping, felt secretly relieved. He came out and said, “Master Yang, please.”
Yang Wei went away absentmindedly with despair. Su Huanli threw several cups of tea to ease his breath. He said gloomily, “What does he think he is? My daughters are not things that he wants to marry or change as he wishes! That is ridiculous!”
Su Huanli was angry, and there was another person who was angrier than him, and almost had to vomit three liters of blood.
“What, the Lord actually wants to marry Zipei to the young bastard of the Yang Family?”
Zhu Yan stared at Su Zipei with her sharp eyes, and the latter was standing quietly beside her. She immediately lowered her head and said nothing!
Seeing her daughter had accepted the decision of the Lord, Zhu Yan suddenly felt that she was burning from inside and almost passed away.
After she rebuked the maid and let her go, she held Su Zipei’s hand tightly and clapped fiercely, “I am mad to death. Do you know how much grievance I have suffered for you, and you want to marry Yang Wei, that scum!”