Date Puree – Bi Syndrome (Cold Damp Bi)

Categories: Bi Syndrome Cold, Liver Blood Stasis, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Spleen Yang Vacuity

Bi Syndrome (Cold Damp Bi)
Date Puree
yield: Makes 4 side-dish servings
active time: 30 min
total time: 1 hr

3 cups pitted dates (14 ounces)
1 (750-ml) bottle dry red wine
1 (3- to 4-inch) cinnamon stick
2 whole star anise

Special equipment: parchment paper

*The recipe goes well on Lamb

Bring all ingredients to a simmer, covered directly with a round of parchment paper, in a 2-quart heavy saucepan over moderate heat, then reduce heat and simmer until dates are tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove and discard spices.
Transfer dates with a slotted spoon to a food processor. If cooking liquid measures more than about 1 cup, boil to reduce. Add to dates and puree until smooth.
Force puree, a few tablespoons at a time, through a fine-mesh sieve with back of a wooden spoon into a small saucepan, discarding skins. Reheat over low heat, stirring occasionally, before serving.

Ingredients analysis:
Dates: Sweet, warm; Sp, St; Tonifies the Spleen and augments the Qi, nourishes the blood and calms the spirit, moderates and harmonizes the harsh properties of other herbs.
Red wine: Pungent, sweet, warm; St, Lv, Ht; Expels cold, invigorates blood, clears toxins, astringent.
Cinnamon stick: Pungent, sweet, warm; Sp, St, UB; Invigorates yang, dispels cold, promotes blood circulation, warms the mingmen fire.
Anise: Pungent, sweet, warm; St, Lv; Stengthens St, rectifies qi, harmonizes and warms MJ.

TCM analysis:
The recipe is warm and has an overall action of dispelling cold and harmonizing the middle jiao. It also assists the yang and qi while invigorating the blood. The wine and cinnamon are specifically indicated for Cold bi syndrome.