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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August 12, 2013

Chilled Tamarind Drink / Agua Fresca de Tamarindo (Luó Wàng Zĭ)



  • 2 cups of tamarind pods (8 ounces)
  • 8 cups of water
  • 1/2 cup of sweetener, or more if needed (palm sugar or honey or other)
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July 16, 2013

Gluten-Free Flax & Hemp Seed Health Bars ( 亞麻仁 , 火麻仁)

gluten free flax-and-hemp-bars These delicious health bars are gluten-free and are protein rich with various seeds and nuts.


  • 2 Cups lightly salted roasted pecans
  • 1 Cup crispy rice cereal (gluten-free)
  • 1 Cup old-fashioned oats (gluten-free)
  • 2/3 Cup roasted unsalted sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 Cup raisins
  • 1/2 Cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 Cup dry roasted Flax Seeds 'Ya Ma Ren' 亞麻仁
  • ¼ cup hemp seeds ‘Huo Ma Ren’ 火麻仁
  • 1/4 Cup vegan & gluten free chocolate chips
  • 2/3 Cup brown rice syrup
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    February 7, 2013

    Fresh Ginger Syrup with ‘Shēng Jiāng’ 生薑

    Ginger Juice complete This recipe is easy to make and lasts a long time when stored in a well-sealed container in the refrigerator.  You can use Ginger Syrup to make other drinks such as teas, medicine drinks, ginger spritzers (mixed with bubbly water) and alcoholic beverages.

    Medicinal Benefits of Fresh Ginger (Shēng Jiāng 生薑):

    Fresh Ginger exhibits a spicy, warm action on the Lung and Spleen/Stomach.  This means that Fresh Ginger warms up the metabolism of the lungs and digestive system and is great for cold cases with excess dampness.

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    January 14, 2013

    Ginger & Elderflower Muffins


    • 1 C rata honey
    • 1 C sugar
    • 4 C flour - can use gluten-free blends
    • 4 eggs
    • 1 C milk
    • 2 tablespoons elderflower
    • 5 tablespoons sliced ginger
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • 1 tsp baking soda
    • 6 tbl butter
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    January 5, 2013

    Candied Buddha’s Hand (Fó Shoǔ)

    IMG_1925 >Ingredients:
    • 1-2 Buddha’s Hand Citron Fruits (Fó Shoǔ) cut into small cubes
    • 3 cups organic coconut palm sugar
    • Water
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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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    Summertime Mung Bean Shortbread Cookies

    This is a good summertime recipe because Mung Beans are fantastic and preventing summer time sicknesses associated with the draining effects of hot temperatures.  These cookies would be good to bring along with you when traveling to arid regions during the hot season, when summertime sickness is likely.  You can try substituting honey for the cane sugar to see if the cookies turn out to have more moisture, which might keep them fresh longer in cases where you want them to last during many days of far-away travels.  Experiment and enjoy these tasty treats while you stay healthy.

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    August 15, 2012

    Cardamon & Orange Zest Cookies (Bai Dou Kou 白豆蔻 and Chen Pi 陳皮)

    Indian Cardamon Pods This recipe includes Asian medicinal herbs that are good for digestion: 'Sha Ren' and 'Chen Pi'.  We study these herbs in the class Oriental Herbology II.  'Sha Ren' is in the category 'Aromatic Transform Damp' and 'Chen Pi' is in the category 'Regulate Qi'.

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    August 7, 2012

    Carob-Sesame Energy Bars with Black Beans (Hei Dou)

    This recipe is good for keeping the Kidney energy strong.  Dark colored foods, particularly black, are known for entering the Kidney channels and for strengthening the energy of the body associated with this area.  These carob-sesame energy bars have plenty of black colored ingredients that tonify the kidneys: vanilla bean, black beans, carob and black sesame seeds.

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