June 30, 2014

Fennel Seed Wine (Xiao Hui Xiang 小茴香)

Dried Fennel SeedFennel is widely known for its all-purpose healing properties. In western medicine Fennel is prescribed for its
  • High vitamin C content
  • High flavonoid content
  • Anti-microbial properties
In traditional Asian medicine, Fennel is used to
  • Disperse cold
  • Warm the liver and kidneys
  • Relieve pain
  • Encourage movement in the liver channel or lower burner
  • Relieve any kind of lower abdominal pain due to cold.
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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.

Ingredients

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
Soup
  • 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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August 11, 2013

Nettle & Astragalus Soup (Huáng Qí 黃耆) to tonify Qi & Blood

Huang Qi - sticks

 Ingredients:

  • 1 lb Fresh Nettles (handle with gloves and tongs to avoid being stung)
  • 1 shallot minced
  • 2 leeks - cut into half moons
  • 2 cups broth, ideally home-made (vegetable or chicken)
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 1 avocado
  • 5 small potatoes
  • 9 grams dried Astralagus Sticks (Huáng Qí 黃耆) or 1 TBS dried Astragalus pieces
  • 1 tsp fresh dill
  • ½ tsp nutmeg (Ròu Dòu Kòu)
  • 3 cloves of freshly, minced garlic (Dà Suàn),
  • Salt/ pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
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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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February 5, 2013

Healing Hot Toddy for Common Cold Symptoms

This healing recipe is alcohol-free for common cold symptoms of chills (more than fever), cough with clear or white phlegm, nasal congestion, headache, bodyaches, a floating pulse and maybe a tickle in the throat (but not a sore throat!).  All of that is termed ‘Wind-Cold’ in Asian medicine.  This warming tea is not for Wind-Heat […]

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February 3, 2013

Golden Milk with Turmeric (Jiāng Huāng 薑黃 )

Golden Milk Drink

The delicious drink called 'Golden Milk' can be made by adding 1/8 - 1/4 teaspoon organic dried turmeric powder to a cup of warm milk on the stove (cow milk, goat milk or any one of the delicious nut milks*). Fresh Turmeric Root and Powder Fresh Turmeric Root and Powder

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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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July 20, 2012

Turmeric, Ginger & Garlic Roasted Chick Peas

This is a simple, yummy snack alternative.  The turmeric can help move your qi & blood and the ginger can warm and calm your belly.  Garlic boosts immunity and can strengthen the belly qi.

Ingredients:

  • • 1 cup soaked Chick Peas (also called garbanzo beans) 
  • • 3 TBS Olive Oil
  • • 2-3 tsp dried Turmeric Powder 'Jiang Huang'
  • • 1 tsp dried Ginger Powder 'Gan Jiang'
  • • 1 tsp Curry
  • • 1 tsp Garlic Powder or fresh cloves of garlic 'Da Suan'
  • • 1 tsp Salt
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June 15, 2012

‘Zi He Che’ Soup (紫河車)

For mothers and others at home who are recovering from childbirth and who are perhaps feeling cold...
  1. Soak fresh 'Zi He Che'  in water. Change water several times until water remains clear. Cut into ½” pieces. Mix with equal portion of pieces of chicken, or pork, or beef.
  2. Cut 5 green onions into 2” pieces each. Stir fry cut green onions & 7-8 slices of ginger in small amount of vegetable oil. Add 'Zi He Che' & other meat, & continue stir frying another 2 minutes.
  3. Add at least 12 cups of water, and bring to a boil. Skim & discard the foam that collects on the surface of the liquid.
  4. Reduce heat to simmer, cover the pot & simmer ~ 2 hrs.
  5. Salt to taste. Do not add any other herbs, spices or condiments to pot.
  6. Serve cup of broth separately from meat. Allow 30 minutes for broth to be absorbed into system before eating meat or other foods.
  7. Soy sauce, black pepper, or other mild flavorings (no hot sauce or ketchup) can be added to the meat & veggies. Bread, rice, & steamed veggies are also okay.
  8. Eat for at least the 1st 3 days after delivery
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April 10, 2012

Cinnamon & Ginger Applesauce (Rou Gui 肉桂 & Sheng Jiang 生薑)

Both ginger and cinnamon are warming spices that bring heat into the body and chase away the cold. They are perfect for Spleen Yang Deficient folks or anyone with chills who might be catching a cold (wind-cold, not wind-heat).

Ingredients:

  • 1 bag of apples
  • 2 tablespoons of shredded ginger 'Sheng Jiang' and ginger peel 'Sheng Jiang Pi'
  • 3 cinnamon sticks 'Rou Gui'
  • 1/2 cup sugar
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