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Liver Paté

Categories: Appetizers, Heart Blood Vacuity, Heart Yin Vacuity, Liver Blood Vacuity, Liver Yin Vacuity

The website provides this intriguing recipe for liver paté from Scandinavia. Unlike the French versions, Scandinavian patés don’t usually contain alcohol or garlic andthey have a smoother texture.


8-10 Portions

300 g calf’s liver or pig’s liver
300 g lean pork meat, such as pork fillet
300 g pork fat
1 onion, finely chopped
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons unbleached white flour
300 ml milk
1 egg
pinch ground cloves
pinch ground all spice
sea salt and freshly ground pepper

Note: 300 grams is slightly less than 3/4 pound or and 300 ml is 1 1/4 cups.

Dice the liver, lean pork meat and fat into small pieces. Set aside 75 g of the pork fat and place it in an oven dish in a low oven. Cook the fat until it has melted down. Lightly grease the sides and base of the paté container. A standard loaf tin works well.

Preheat an oven to 350°F. Mince the onion, liver, pork and remaining pork fat through a mincer (meat grinder) 3-4 times until smooth.

Melt butter in a saucepan over a moderate heat. Add the flour to the butter and cook it for a couple of minutes. Slowly add the milk while stirring until you have a thick smooth sauce. Add the minced liver mixture and stir it until well combined. Remove the pan from the heat and allow it to cool slightly. Mix in the egg, ground cloves, all spice and a little salt and pepper.
Pour the paté mixture into the greased loaf pan, place in a baking pan and fill the pan 3/4 high with hot water. Place the paté on the center shelf in the pre-heated oven and cook for 1 1/2 hours. To test for doneness, insert a thin knife or skewer into the center of the paté. When the paté is ready, it should come out clear. (The center of the paté should reach at least 170°F. If you have a meat thermometer use this to test if it is ready).

Remove the paté from the oven when cooked and leave it to cool in the container. When cooled, turn the paté out onto a plate and serve it as part of a smorgasbord or use it for smorresbrod (open sandwiches) or as a starter or canapé. Mustard, cress, gherkins, grapes and chutney all make good accompaniments

Liver with Sour Cream

Categories: Heart Blood Vacuity, Liver Blood Vacuity, Meat

A delicious liver recipe from Russia is found at




Serves 4

2 1/2 pounds liver (calf, pork or beef), sliced
2 onions, chopped
1 cup sour cream
4 tablespoons butter
2 cup beef stock
2 tablespoons dill, freshly chopped
2 tablespoons unbleached white flour
sea salt and pepper to taste

Wash, pat dry, and sprinkle each piece of liver with salt and pepper. Dredge in flour, fry on each side in butter and remove. Saute the onions until golden brown and then layer both liver and onions in a deep pot. Deglaze the pan with beef stock, stir well and add the sour cream, stir, then add to the liver and onions. Mix well and cover. Cook slowly over low-heat for 20 minutes. Uncover, stir well, re-cover and cook for another 10 minutes. Remove liver from pot, arrange on individual plates and pour sauce over the slices. Sprinkle with the dill. This is very good when served with boiled or fried potatoes or rice.

Tofu Burger

Categories: Kidney Yin Vacuity, Sandwiches, Stomach Yin Vacuity

Posted by jenniferdrews


Tofu Burger Recipe

Be sure to seek out the firmest tofu made from organic soybeans you can find. Also, I suspect you could grill these, they seem like they’d hold together. The next time around I’m going to try it. If anyone else gives that a go before I do, let me know, and I’ll update the recipe.


tofu burger

1 pound / 16 oz / 450 g extra-firm tofu, drained and patted dry, then sliced2 large eggs
1/2 cup / 2 oz / 55 g fine dried bread crumbs
1/2 cup / 2 oz / 55 g cashew nuts
1/2 cup / 2 oz /55g sunflower seeds
1/2 cup / 2 oz / 55g sliced mushrooms
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon shoyu or soy sauce
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne
1/4 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

extras: whatever buns & condiments you like. I did a combination of goat cheese and homemade pickles. You could also do a lettuce wrap in place of buns. And I couldn’t resist the mini brioche buns from La Boulange.

Place all the ingredients except the olive oil in a food processor. Pulse until the mixture comes together and is free of most chunks, stopping to scrape down the sides of the food processor once or twice if needed.

Divide the mixture into eight equal portions and use your hands to press and form into round but flat-ish patties.

Pour the olive oil into your largest skillet over medium-high heat, and arrange as many patties as you can without crowding. Cover, and cook turning once, until deeply browned on both sides. Roughly ten minutes. You want to make sure the middle of the patties cook through. If the pan is too hot you’ll burn the outsides before the middle cooks up, so be mindful of that.

Serve with your favorite burger fixings. I mention a few ideas up above in the ingredient list.

Makes eight tofu burgers.

Analysis – This recipe is great for overall nourishment of the SP/ST, especially if dampness and heat are present (separate or simultaneous).

Spicy Black Bean Soup

Categories: Kidney Yin Vacuity, Soup

by Courtney Wilkinson

Prep: 15 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes
Serves: 8

1 onion, diced
4 garlic cloves, minced
3 (15-½ ounce) cans black beans, un-drained (6 cups of black beans)
1 teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
14-½ ounces of vegetable broth
1 (14-½ ounce) can diced tomatoes with green chilies
1 (11 ounce) can sweet corn, drained

Cook onion and garlic in a large pan, stirring occasionally, until the onion is softened, about 5 minutes.
Place the onion mixture, 1 can of the beans, the cumin, and red pepper in a blender and pulse until smooth; return the mixture to the large pan. Place 1 more can of beans in the blender and pulse until smooth; add to the large pan. Add the remaining can of beans, the broth, tomatoes, and corn to the large pan; bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, until slightly thickened, 20-25 minutes.

TCM Analysis:
Onion: Warm and pungent, promotes sweating, resolves phlegm, diuretic.
Garlic: Hot and pungent, anti-viral, anti-fungal, detoxifies meat and seafood, kills worms, removes stagnant food and stagnant blood, reduces abscess.
Black beans: Warm and sweet, tonifies kidneys, nourishes the yin, strengths and nourishes blood, brightens eyes, promotes urination
Cumin: Warming, bitter, acrid, dries phlegm-cold
Red pepper: Hot, acrid, dispels cold
Vegetable broth: Aids digestion (varies)
Tomatoes: Slightly cool, sweet and sour, promotes body fluids, quenches thirst, strengthens stomach, aids digestion, cools blood, clears heat, detoxifies, calms the liver, removes stagnant food.
Sweet corn: Cool and sweet, stops bleeding, promotes diuresis, benefits gall bladder, lowers blood pressure, clears heat, detoxifies.

Overall Analysis:
Overall this recipe is a warming soup, which aids in nourishing yin and tonifying the kidneys. The warming aspects also nourish yang as well, depending how much spice is added.

Larabar Type Medicinal Energy Bars

Categories: Snacks, Spleen Qi Vacuity

I used Medjool Dates. They can be found in the bulk bins at Whole Foods and other health food stores.

Always be sure you have a little more wet/sticky than dry ingredients so the bar sticks together. When making four bars the ratio is generally 1 cup sticky fruits and 2/3 cup nuts and seeds or very dry fruits.

Larabars at the grocery store are stored in light and oxygen proof packaging. These homemade bars need to be kept in the fridge to stay fresh until the day they are going to be eaten.

Basic Recipe:

Set out four pieces of plastic wrap for shaping and wrapping the bars. Do this first; you’ll have sticky fingers when you need it.

Place the dates and dried fruits in a food processor. Pulse until processed to a paste.

Transfer paste to a medium bowl (don’t clean processor).

Add the nuts and seeds to the processor and pulse until finely chopped. Add the nuts, to the bowl with the fruit paste. Use your fingers to knead the nuts into the paste.

Divide mixture into quarters. Place each quarter on each of one of the sheets of plastic wrap. Wrap the plastic around each bar and start squishing into a bar shape form, 3 and 1/2 inches long, 1 inch wide and 3/4-inch thick); press against countertop to flatten bottom side, flattening top side and ends with flat of hand. Tightly wrap the plastic around each bar and store in the refrigerator. Makes 4 bars.

Tonify Qi Ingredients:

Dates: 1 cup

Dried Apples: 1/3 cup

Almonds: 1/3 cup

Pumpkin Seeds: 2 TBS

Tonify Qi:

Dates: sweet, neutral: Supplements blood and body fluids

Apple: sweet, sour, cool: Tonifies SP, ST and LU

Almond: Moistens LI & LU, tonifies SP & LU

Pumpkin Seed: neutral, sweet: Tonifies Middle Burner, tonifies qi

*Overall this strengthens Lng and SP qi

Forbidden Rice Pudding with Blueberries & Longan Fruit

Categories: Heart Blood Vacuity, Heart Yin Vacuity, Kidney Qi Vacuity, Kidney Yin Vacuity, Shen Calming, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Stomach Yin Vacuity

by Kathy Deng

Yield: Serves six

½ cup of Forbidden rice (Chinese black rice)
1 cup water
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup rice milk
1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
¼ cup honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
¾ cup blueberries
¼ cup longan dried fruit

1. Combine the rice, water and salt in a saucepan, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer 35 to 40 minutes, until all of the water is absorbed.

2. Add the milk, coconut milk and honey to the rice, and stir together. Bring to a boil, stirring, then reduce the heat and simmer, stirring often, for five to 10 minutes, until creamy. Add the vanilla and blueberries, and continue to simmer for another five minutes.

3. Scrape into a bowl or into individual serving dishes. Cover and chill for at least two hours before serving.

Advance preparation: You can make this a day or two ahead and keep in a covered bowl in the refrigerator.

TCM analysis: Overall warm, sweet, tonifies SP, KD, HT, yin and blood.

Forbidden rice:
Nutritious, high in iron, tonifies blood.
It is a short-grained, heirloom rice. It is purple when raw and dark purple when cooked.
One theory as to the name is that it was reserved for emperors in ancient China because of its nutritiousness and rarity.
Another theory is that when the Greeks took over parts of the Middle East, they had it banned due to the belief that it was being used by their enemies to aid them in battle. However, the most likely theory is that the name is simply a marketing ploy.

Coconut milk:
Warm, sweet
Strengthens the body, reduces swellings, stops bleeding, kills worms, activates HT function.

Warm, sweet, nourishes yin
Lubricates dryness, tonifies weakness, harmonizes, antidote to drugs, strengthens spleen.
Warm, Sweet, Sour.
Tonifies KD, nourishes blood, astringes Qi, slows aging process.

Longan fruit (Long yan rou):
Tonifies blood. Warm & Sweet.
Goes to HT, SP.  Tonifies & augments HT and SP, nourishes blood, calms spirit. Commonly used for problems associated with excessive pensiveness or overwork.

1. Tao of Nutrition, Maoshing Ni.
2. New York Times
5. TCM Materia Medica, Bensky


Categories: Desserts, Spleen Qi Vacuity

sweet p pie


4-6 sweet potatoes, cooked
¼ tsp cardamom
¼ tsp cinnamon
Dash of nutmeg
¼ cup raisins
2 Tablespoons sesame butter
½ teaspoon sea salt
1 pie crust (Whole Foods gluten free pie crust)

Yields 1 pie

Preheat over to 350 degrees. Peel sweet potatoes. Boil enough water to cover potatoes and cook until tender. Drain. Mash potatoes and mix all ingredients together. Fill pie crust with potato mixture. Bake 35-40 minutes.

Ingredient properties:
Sweet potatoes  sweet, neutral; Sp, Lu, Kd; Supplements Spleen, Lung and Kidney
Cardamom  pungent, warm; Sp, Kd; Warms the Kd, retains the essence and secures the urine, warms the Sp, stops diarrhea and controls salivation.
Cinnamon  pungent, sweet, warm; Sp, St, UB; Invigorates yang, dispels cold, promotes blood circulation, warms the mingmen fire.
Nutmeg  pungent, warm; Sp, St, LI; Warm the Sp and St and promote circulation of qi, astringe the intestines and stop diarrhea.
Raisins  warm, sweet and sour; Tonifies qi, nourishes blood, strengthens sinews and bones, harmonizes St, promotes diuresis, relieves irritability.
Sesame butter  slightly warm, sweet; Nourishes Lv and Kd, lubricates intestines, blackens gray hair, tonifies qi, benefits skin.
Sea salt  salty, cold; Kd; Clears heat cools blood, eases bowel movement, nourishes kidney.

TCM analysis:
This recipe is warm overall. The spices tonify yang, warm the Kd and Sp, and stop diarrhea. The remaining ingredients help tonify qi, yin and blood. In addition, there are several ingredients that facilitate bowel movements by moistening the intestines and generating fluids.