February 2, 2015

Purple Yam and Goji Berry Pancakes

IMG_3282This Asian recipe uses the beautiful and unusual purple yam. We blend the smooth texture of the yam with sweet rice flour, and accent this with a sweet, nutty filling. The dessert also happens to be wheat-free, dairy-free, and vegan.  This purple yam is in the same botanical family (Dioscorea) as the white Asian yam 'Shan Yao'.

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December 23, 2014

Chicken Gizzard (Ji Nei Jin 內金) cooked in Coconut Milk

Dried Chicken Gizzard (Ji Nei Jin)In the Philippines fresh chicken gizzard is called Balon Balo and is commonly cooked in various dishes. Besides reducing the tendency for food stagnation, it is thought to have great nutritional value for pregnant and nursing mothers.

 Benefits of Chicken Gizzard (Ji Nei Jin 內金) According to Asian Medicine:

  • Reduces food stagnation
  • Improves digestion
  • Aids incontinence
  • Increases Gastric Acid by 30-70%
  • Reduces hardness and transforms stones (gallstones and urinary stones
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February 6, 2014

Udon with Soft Egg & Green Onion

Green OnionsThis nutritious soup is great for tonifying and detoxifying, and may be used therapeutically for a variety of conditions.


Dashi (Broth)
  • 1 ½ oz dried sardines
  • 2 dried shiitake mushrooms
  • 3-inch long piece of kombu seaweed
  • 1/3 cup mirin
  • 1 ½ oz dried bonito flakes
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 4 large eggs
  • ¾ lbs udon noodles
  • ¼ cup very thinly sliced green onion
  • 3 cups udon broth
  • ¼ tsp. seven spice powder (shichimi taragashi*)

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July 8, 2013

Nourishing Kidney Bean Soup with Goji Berries 枸杞子

Indian Cardamon Seed Pods & SeedsIngredients:
  • 1 cup Organic Dark Red Kidney Beans, soaked in water overnight (or three 15 oz. cans)
  • 4 cups water
  • 1/2 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 TB, chopped scallion (Cong Bai)
  • 1 TB minced garlic (Da Suan)
  • 1 TB olive oil
  • 1 TB butter
  • Ham Shank, (natural, uncured, fully cooked), cut bite-sized meat
  • ¼ C whole goji berries, (Gou Qi Zi 枸杞子)
  • 14 Green Cardamom pods (green Indian cardamon tastes best) slightly crack each pod.
  • 3 TB, fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • ¾ tsp paprika
  • Pinch or so, cayenne pepper (Hua Jiao) – according to taste

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January 21, 2013

Bone Broth Chicken Soup with Healing Herbs

Making soup with bone marrow stock enhances your immune system and provides you with easy to assimilate minerals. The marrow inside the bones contains nutrients that feed your whole body, including your own bone marrow. When your bone marrow is nourished, you create healthier immune cells and can better fight off colds and the flu.

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August 20, 2012

Rosehip Jelly with ‘Jin Ying Zi’

Rosehips are the “hips” of roses left over after the petals fall. Rosehip medicine is sour, astringent and holding. Neutral in temperature, they are used for cases where there is deficiency and some weakness in the lower body. Rosehips can strengthen the body in various ways over time, especially in the area of the pelvis and low back.

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July 29, 2012

Goji Power Balls


  • 3 tablespoons dried Goji berries
  • 3 tablespoon mixed seeds (pumpkin, sunflower, buckwheat, sesame, etc.)
  • 2 tablespoon dried cherries (or other dried fruit of your choice)
  • 3 pitted dried dates, roughly chopped
  • 3 tablespoon almonds
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 2 squares of dark chocolate, chopped

July 20, 2012

American Ginseng Wine (Xi Yang Shen 西洋參)

Xi Yang Shen (American ginseng) is sweet, slightly bitter and cool. It helps to strengthen Qi, nourish yin and generate fluids. Xi Yang Shen wine is ideal to help recovery from feverish illnesses or for chronic cases of qi and yin deficiency.  In addition to making a delicious aperitif, this wine can be used for all sorts of meat marinades, especially duck, chicken and pigeon.

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June 20, 2012

Sesame Seed Squares (Sweet Medicine Dessert)

Sesame As Medicine

Black sesame seeds strengthen vitality and longevity.  To reap the benefits, they should be used frequently over a long period of time.  Like most seeds, black sesame seeds are moistening to the body's resources.  They also can strengthen the tissues of the low back and knees, keep the hair strong and nourish the ears (all kidney organ/channel functions).  They can also the moisten the bowels for constipation (unless they are toasted, which will diminish this oily quality).

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June 17, 2012

Kidney Tonic Cereal to Strengthen Low Back and Knees

The Top Vine Part of Shan Yao YamThis herb cereal is known to be good for kidney weakness characterized by low energy, lower back pain, weak knees, frequent urination, and low sex drive.
  • 10 grams (8-10 pieces) Radix Polygoni Multiflori (fleeceflower root, knotweed) = He Shou Wu
  • 10 grams (2 sticks) Radix Achranthis Bidentate = Niu Xi
  • 15 grams (5 pieces) Radix Dioscoreae (Chinese Yam) = Shan Yao
  • 5 grams (1 Tbsp.) Fructus Corni (dogwood fruit) = Shan Zhu Yu
  • 2 cups brown rice
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