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Chapter 31 Cooking with Mud

Lady Su's Revenge
     “How foolish I’ve been! My wife was so cruel that she left Erya abandoned outside. Alas…How will I get along with Erya in the future…”

    Su Huanli paced back and forth in the house and thought about the plan, “If Erya is resentful, the that ten percent profit from the Baiwei Building will be lost. No! Even if Zipei and her mother are not punished, I will give Erya compensation...”

    In the Jinyuan Court, Su Erya was squatting on the ground to separate the ingredients and poisonous weeds.

    In order to prevent accidents, she only mixed a small number of poisonous weeds in the photo album and did not completely list herbs on the Collection of Poison. With these poisonous weeds, however, she could refine many things.

    As for her daddy, she didn’t have much time to take care about him. It was easy to make him uneasy. If she could gain larger advantages by taking advantage of it, it would be unexpected pleasure.

    “Miss, I’m back.”

    The familiar voice came from the outside, and Su Erya looked up and saw Nanny Li hesitating to come in with a basket and a few newly picked lotus leaves in her hands.

    “Miss, the lotus leaves are blooming in summer. I found them almost without any effort, but the yellow mud…”

    Nanny Li opened the basket and revealed the wet yellow mud. She felt strange and said, “The yellow mud is so dirty, really... Can you cook with it?”

    Su Erya smiled and didn’t answer. She just gave an order, “Nanny, don’t let the mud dry, or it will lose its stickiness. The lotus leaves should be washed very clean. I’m almost ready. Nanny, go to town for a fat and tender yellow-billed, yellow-footed and yellow-haired hen with a small head but large size.”

    “Ok! I’m going...”

    Nanny Li quickly dealt with the lotus leaves and the yellow mud, wiped her hands and left. On her way out, she saw the old butler waiting outside Jinyuan Court.

    “Nanny Li, if the Second Miss needs anything, just tell us. With so many guards available, it will be easy to find anything.”

    “That’s great! I am still worried about how to find such a strange hen.”

    “Hen?” Butler Li was delighted to hear this.

    With the instructions of Nanny Li, the whole Su Family immediately got to work, and at the same time, the other two families got the news.

    “Hen? Has the girl from the Su Family developed a new dish in only a few days? If she were an ordinary girl, she should still be in the panic after almost being assassinated.”

    Yang Li received the news and felt suspicious.

    “Yeah, daddy, I heard that Su Zipei’s nanny picked lotus leaves and dug for yellow mud. No one knows what kind of dishes Su Zipei wants to make.”

    Yang Wei immediately added that he had made a big mistake in the case of the Baiwei Building. If he didn’t remedy it, it would not be his turn to be the master of the Yang Family, to say nothing of marrying Su Erya!

    “Humph! A new dish needs to receive approval of the Yang and Zhu Families. Otherwise Su Huanli cannot get a penny of that last ten percent of profits!”

    Seeing the stupid eldest son, Yang Li instantly turned hostile and scolded, “Can’t you do anything right? If you weren’t so fascinated by beautiful women, how else could the other two families have gotten involved in the Baiwei Building? Get out and reflect on it!”

    Yang Wei had always been scared of his father, and with such a roar, he immediately left in terror.

    Sitting in the empty hall, Yang Li suddenly sneered out, “Cooking with yellow mud?! She is such a silly little girl who doesn’t know the depth of heaven and earth. She must really regard herself as a genius.”

    “It’s impossible to cook with yellow mud!”

    The same words echoed in the Zhu Family. The old butler of the Zhu Family firmly said, “Lord, the miss of the Su Family mixes the chicken of a hen with yellow mud. Who would eat such a dish? I’m afraid that even beggars would feel sick! Yellow mud is the greatest failure of the dish. The Su Family will definitely fail the taste appraisal in a few days. The remaining ten percent of the profit depends on how the Lord consults with the Yang Family.”

    “Hah hah, Su Huanli is completely relying on his daughter, which is too irrational. How old is his little daughter? I’m afraid that she forgets who she is after two successive lucky successes.”

    Zhu Rongkun said, “The Yang Family is nothing to be feared. They rashly dispatched a killer, which didn’t conform to the normal ethics. Our Zhu Family can get at least seventy percent from the last ten percent of profits.”

    “The lord is wise. After Su Zipei’s failure, the cook invited by you from the County Town is to come, and we may squeeze profit from the other two families!”

    “Ha ha ha...”

    The laughter of the master and servant echoed inside the hall.

    ...

    Hearing of the news that Erya was going to cook with yellow mud, Su Huanli also panicked. Did Erya deliberately want him to fail because of hatred?

    Su Huanli was in pain thinking of the glistening silver to be lost. He rushed to the Jinyuan Court in spite of his guilt.

    The sun was burning.

    There were all kinds of split-bamboo baskets for the herbs on the ground of the Jinyuan Court. Baked by the sun, they cracked from time to time, producing a mixed exotic fragrance for the whole court.

    Seeing this scene, Su Huanli felt slightly at ease. After all, Erya was using the ingredients found under his orders instead of discarding them randomly.

    Under the shade covered by vines, Su Erya was studying a book carefully. Although she succeeded in completing the fourth hurdle of Ghost Valley Meditation Direction recently, she still couldn’t understand much of it. Therefore, she had to delay the progress of her practice and absorb the inspiration by reading.

    “Daddy, why are you here?”

    When her father came over, Su Erya got up.

    Sitting at the stone table, Su Huanli breathed foul smell, and murmured, “Erya, tell me the truth. Are you sure about the new dish?”

    Su Erya did not speak. Seeing her turn silent, Su Huanli instantly felt anxious and said quicker,

    “Erya, you may still be resentful for being driven out from the family. I will compensate you with whatever you want! However, you cannot make any mistakes in the new dish. It’s related to the future of the Su Family! If we finally operate the Baiwei Building well, we will suffice to support your eldest brother in going further on his official career. Erya, you must not do something stupid!”

    “Daddy, you misunderstood me!”

    Su Erya hurriedly waved her hand, as if she was scared by her father’s tone, “My eldest brother told me what happened before. Now the misunderstanding has been explained clearly. I was saved by my eldest brother. As a daughter of the Su Family, how could I be resentful? It’s impossible to make the new dish without a proper hen. That’s why I didn’t speak.”

    “It turns out that you were worried that you wouldn’t find the right ingredients!”

    Su Huanli was shocked for a moment and realized that Erya was still worried about the Su Family. It turned out that he was worrying for nothing about trouble that may not come.

    “Erya, you really scared me to death. You’re just worried about the ingredients. I’ll find them in one of the chicken houses in the Dasu Town. Rest assured. I’ll send more servants!”

    Su Huanli had come worried, but left in high spirits, surprising many guards.

    Butler Li saw it and couldn’t help but smile. The master’s suspicion was so deep that he didn’t fully trust Erya.

    Just... Would Erya really let go of the past and focus on helping the Su Family?

    Even the well-informed Butler Li, who thought he knew the nature of the Second Miss wasn’t sure about this. That’s because people often change.

    For several days, the Su, Zhu and Yang Families rushed about for the yellow chicken, but they did not see any all over the Dasu Town.

    “Does Su Huanli deliberately put obstacles in our way? If we can’t find the three-yellow chicken, he will have an excuse to fail to make a great dish.”

    Yang Li couldn’t help but guess and immediately ordered, “Go on! Go to the County Town for the chicken if it cannot be found in the Dasu Town. If it still cannot be found in the County Town, Su Huanli must be playing tricks on me. Then he must explain to Zhu Rongkun and me.”

    At this time, a servant burst into the house from outside and reported, “Master, the three-yellow chicken was found!”

    Yang Li’s eyes widened at the thought that there was such a hen.

    In the Jinyuan Court, Nanny Li held a cackling hen and said excitedly, “Miss, the hen is found. Look at its yellow mouth, feet and hair as well as small head and large size. It’s just what you wanted.”

    “Erya, what do you think of the hen?” Su Huanli said with bloodshot eyes. Apparently, he hadn’t been able to sleep for several nights because of the hen.

    Su Erya touched the soft and shiny feathers of the three-yellow chicken. Staring at it for a moment, she nodded and said, “Good! It’s the three-yellow chicken that I wanted. Nanny Li, help me with the ingredients.”

    Afterwards, Su Erya turned her head and looked at her father. She said caringly, “Daddy must be very tired. Have a rest while I’m cooking. When I’m done, I’ll ask Nanny Li to wake you up. What do you think?”

    Su Huanli smiled happily and said, “You know how to care of me. Okay! I’m going to rest.”

    Su Huanli left the Jinyuan Court with an unsteady gait. If he kept working so hard for a few days, he could have a serious illness.

    In the kitchen, Su Erya picked up the knife fearfully. Nanny Li stared at her and laughed. She forgot that the Second Miss didn’t kill livestock before.

    “Miss, leave it to me. I’ll just follow your instructions.”

    Su Erya sighed with a pale face and passed the knife to Nanny Li. She said in frustration, “Well, you must be careful. Don’t make mistakes.”

    “Ok!”

    According to Su Erya’s instructions, Nanny Li deftly killed the hen, removed the feathers and opened a small opening from the back of the hen to remove the viscera and washed it. She put the whole white and clean hen in front of Su Erya.

    Su Erya checked it and warmly ordered, “Nanny, there is the seasoning I grinded on the desk in my study. Go get it.”

    Nanny Li did not suspect her and ran out of the kitchen. Su Erya’s eyes flashed. Immediately she picked up the knife and quickly knocked off the wings, leg bones and shine bones with the knife back, without any damage to the skin.

    “Miss, is it this?”

    Nanny Li came back with a white porcelain bottle. Su Erya held it with a smile and took it aside. She said, “Yes, that’s right.”

    Nanny Li looked confused. She fetched the bottle, but the Second Miss didn’t use it.