Chapter 25: If a Boy Closes His Eyes, That Means He Wants You to Kiss Him (2)
Then, she felt a warm kiss laying down carefully upon her lips like a guarantee, and also like some sort of agreement. It stopped at just one touch, nothing more.
Alright then, I’ll agree, she sighed in her heart.
The two left Yuyang County, took the road towards Shanxi, and came upon the road to Fengxiang Prefecture.
Passing by mountain ridges and quiet villages, they eventually stopped at a moonlit forest for a rest.
One day, they reached a prosperous place by the name of Hanzhong. Due to word they heard about a well-known orthopedic in the city, the two went in to seek his medical care and to receive treatment. Then, they took some time to sell the ox cart as well and exchanged it for a more convenient carriage pulled by horses instead.
By the time they came out of town, dusk had already dyed the sky red.
At about ten li away from the city, Zhou Xiaoxiao buried the cooking pot and began preparing dinner. In the dim twilight, they had the towering ancient city right behind them while the vast wilderness lay in front. The light smoke coming from the pot while their food simmered was able to warm them considerably, and even brought with it a sense of rustic charm.
The light of the flames illuminated Zhou Xiaoxiao’s eyes. She looked at the large pot that was covered tight with sand and soil, thinking about the stinkhorn chicken soup simmering within, as well as the sweet potatoes buried underneath the embers, and couldn’t help swallowing back her saliva.
Zhou Xiaoxiao had been a big foodie since her last life. Besides enjoying food, she would also make her own. Also, not long after she graduated and resigned from her stable job, she opened a WeChat store that specialized in selling various ancient and traditional snacks.
Relying on the skills she learned from her great grandfather who was a dim sum master, as well as the various recipes she learned from all over after growing up, she learned to make yeast roasted duck, poached chicken, drunken crab, pickled ginger, some puff snacks, ancient mooncakes, and all sorts of other traditional foodstuffs.
Thanks to her being raised in a wealthy family that pampered her from a young age, Zhou Xiaoxiao ran her shop very wilfully. The product price was expensive and the quantity was always small. What she sold was based on her mood, and she only prepared food with ingredients that were in season. The only standards she kept to was her selection of materials and craftsmanship that could be considered to come from careful selection and her goods were produced in good conscience.
Perhaps there were parts of it that was well-suited to the novelty of a modern person, that though the amounts she produced each day was in short supply, she was still able to slowly build herself a rather popular online shop. If it weren’t for her being too lazy as a shop owner, and also dying too early, that shop could have grown to become a well-known brand in the future.
After transmigrating, she was missing many of modern day’s equipments and ingredients, but the natural and organic ingredients found everywhere could still satisfy her ghoulish appetite. In regards to food, she had never once been frugal whether for her or for Yu Xingzhi. She put much focus every day on bringing out the best of the ingredients they managed to procure each day.
A thick aroma gradually leaked out from the pot. Zhou Xiaoxiao sucked in a breath and thought in satisfaction, even if I don’t get married, I should still be able to open a small shop to earn a living. In this era where information was not widely available and with craftsmen that all kept to themselves, I should be able to mix in well here with my accumulated skills of the eight regional cuisines.
At this moment, Yu Xingzhi said, “Being on the move day and night is truly a difficult task. We are not much farther from the Fengxiang Prefecture where my elder brother resides, so we do not have to be at as much of a rush as we were. Even staying at an inn in a city should be fine.”
“It may be fine, but…” Zhou Xiaoxiao slowly stoked the fire and said, “I can’t help but think that our trip has been going too smoothly. We did not even bump into a single pursuer. It is still best for us to be cautious.”