I’ve always loved peanut butter. As a little girl, my idea of a special treat was a spoonful of peanut butter for me to lick and savour slowly as a child would with a prized lollipop.
Suffice to say that I still love peanut butter to this day but try to enjoy in moderation, eaten either with green apples or wholemeal bread or sometimes, in a peanut butter-flavoured banana smoothie.
Then last weekend, I found an unexpected use for peanut butter — as a home remedy for a fish bone stuck in one’s throat! It all started like any other dinner. I thought I was careful enough with the ikan kerisi (Japanese threadfin bream). But after I was done eating, I felt something strange and prickly in my throat — it was a fish bone!
So I tried an old trick — I took the still moist steamed rice and formed small balls, swallowing them whole. I thought it worked…until I started eating some fruits and realised that it was still there, judging from the tiny pricking feeling that would come and go every time I’d swallow.
So I tried something else — bananas. I bit off large chunks and swallowed them without chewing. Again, it still did not work!
Panicked, I turned to Professor Google…and boom! In some obscure forum, someone suggested eating a peanut butter sandwich, chewing it just so you can swallow it without gagging, but making sure it’s still sticky and ‘together’. I imagined the gooey bread and peanut butter mixture pulling away the fish bone and immediately rushed to the kitchen to try it.
True enough, after just a couple of bites of my peanut butter and honey sandwich, I could finally swallow without having to endure that annoying pricking feeling in my throat.
Thanks, peanut butter! Yet another reason for me to continue loving you ;)