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It was just a baby plant when my brother gave it to me several months back. I had it repotted into a bigger pot and placed it in a cool and bright area with our other potted plants. Except for a dose of sky juice every day, we didn’t really pay much attention to it. It was only yesterday morning as we excitedly rejoiced over the first fruit of our tomato plant that we noticed how big the Aloe Vera plant has grown and surrounding it were countless offsprings.

See how much it has grown !

See how much it has grown !

The Aloe Vera plant is well-known for its medicinal and skin care properties. I once asked a girl friend the secret to her fair and smooth skin and she shared that she faithfully massaged some fresh aloe gel on her face nightly and rinse it off just before bedtime. Judging from her facial condition, it’s definitely worth the effort! For more amazing uses on the aloe vera plant, check out http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/natural-medicine/herbal-remedies/amazing-aloe-vera.htm

On the spur of the moment, I cut off some succulent leaves with a sharp knife from the mother plant and made a sweet dessert out of it. This easy to make refreshing dessert can be consumed either hot or cold.

ALOE VERA & PEARL BARLEY DESSERT

Ingredients
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4 aloe vera leaves
4 pandan leaves, washed and cut into short sections
1/2 cup pearl barley, rinsed
some white or palm sugar (I prefer palm sugar)
1.5 litre water
several limes (for cold dessert)

Method

1) Wash the aloe vera leaves, peel the thorny edges and green skin from the pulp and rinse off excess sap with tap water. Cut pulp into smaller pieces and set aside.
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2) Bring water and pandan leaves to boil for 10 minutes. Add pearl barley and continue to boil for another 10 mins. Add aloe pulp and palm sugar and continue to boil for a further 10 mins or until pearl barley is thoroughly cooked.
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3) Serve warm.

A warm & soothing  dessert especially on days when one is under the weather

A warm & soothing dessert especially on days when one is under the weather

4) Or serve chilled with some fresh lime juice added to it.

An instant thirst quencher when served chilled with a squeeze of lime juice added.

An instant thirst quencher when served chilled with a squeeze of lime juice in it.

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1 Corinthians 3:6-9
New International Version (NIV)

6 I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. 7 So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. 8 The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. 9 For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.

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