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Egg Drop Soup

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

Egg Drop Soup

* 4 cups chicken broth or stock (nourishes blood)
* 2 eggs, lightly beaten (nourishes blood)
* 1 -2 green onions, minced (warming)
* 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
* Salt to taste
* A few drops of sesame oil (optional)

In a wok or saucepan, bring the 4 cups of chicken broth to a boil. Add the white pepper and salt, and the sesame oil if using. Cook for about another minute.
Very slowly pour in the eggs in a steady stream. To make shreds, stir the egg rapidly in a clockwise direction for one minute. To make thin streams or ribbons, gently stir the eggs in a clockwise direction until they form.
Garnish with green onion and serve.
Serves 4

Beet Raita

Categories: Heart Blood Vacuity, Heart Yin Vacuity, Liver Blood Vacuity, Shen Calming

Beet Raita
Makes 3 cups
(From 3 Bowls)

¾ c plain low-fat yogurt
2 T chopped fresh dill
½ t honey
½ t fresh lime juice
1 medium to large beet (about ½ pound), cooked, peeled, and grated

1. Whisk together the yogurt, dill, honey, and lime juice in a medium bowl.
2. Add the grated beet. Mix thoroughly.
3. Refrigerate and serve cold.

(If you want a thicker raita, first drain the yogurt in a strainer lined with cheesecloth for 10 minutes.)

TCM Analysis
Yogurt: cool, sweet, sour; SP, ST, LU. Nourish yin, clear heat.
Dill: warm; LV, HT. Move qi, calm shen.
Honey: sweet, neutral; SP, LU, LI. Harmonize MJ, moisten dryness, nourish yin.
Lime: cool, sour; ST. Regenerate fluids, regulate qi.
Beet: sweet, neutral; SP, ST, LV, HT. Strengthen MJ, nourish LV blood, calm shen.

Overall, this recipe nourishes yin & blood, clears heat, and calms shen.  With beets as the main ingredient, it goes to the HT and would be particularly good for HT yin xu.

Beet and Goat Cheese Salad

Categories: Heart Blood Vacuity, Heart Qi Vacuity, Heart Yin Vacuity, Salad, Vegetarian

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BEET AND GOAT CHEESE SALAD serves 4

  • 4 beets, peeled
  • 4-1/2 oz goat cheese
  • 1 tbs chives
  • Salt/pepper
  • Several handfuls of young arugula
  • ½ apple, julienned
  • 2 tbs turbinado/brown sugar
  • 2 tbs rice vin
  • 2 tbs soy sauce
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Black sesame seeds

1) Bring water and beets to a boil, simmer until tender, 30 min. Drain and cool. Cut each beet into 8 wedges.

2) Blend cheese and chives and season with s & p.

3) Combine sugar, vinegar, and soy sauce. Beat dressing with enough olive oil until emulsified.

4) Toss beets and arugula with the dressing, scatter chunks of the cheese and julienned apple over the salad, drizzle with more evoo and sesame seeds.

ENJOY…

Jason Cox

 

TCM ANALYSIS

HEART BLOOD DEFICIENCY LEADING TO HEAT

Beets: cool, sweet; nourishes blood, tonifies heart, cleanses the liver

Goat Cheese: warm, sweet, salty; nourishes blood, strengthens the kidney and Qi, moistens dryness,

Arugula: cool, bitter; clears heat

Apple: cool, sweet, slightly sour; tonifies the heart and Qi, reduces dryness.

Brown sugar: warm, sweet; strengthens digestion, pacifies heart

Rice vinegar: warm, sour; invigorates blood, astringes liver from fanning heart fire

Soy sauce: cool, sweet, salty; clears heat

Olive oil: neutral, sweet; clears heat, moistens

Sesame seeds: neutral, sweet; harmonizes Blood, nourishes LV and KD Yin and calms the spirit.

 

This recipe is used for Heart Blood Deficiency with Heat. It can be used for conditions like anemia, heart weakness, and hypertension with symptoms like dry throat, insomnia, palpitations, and poor memory.

CONTRAINDICATIONS: Spleen Qi Deficiency with a buildup of damp and cold

American Ginseng and Abalone Soup

Categories: Heart Yin Vacuity, Kidney Yin Vacuity, Lung Phlegm Heat, Lung Yin Vacuity, Shen Calming

American Ginseng and Abalone Soup
PER SERVING:
Lean pork-150gm (Cooling, sweet, fatty, supplements blood and YIN)
Dried Abalone-one (120 to 150gm) (cold, salty, tonifies YIN)
American ginseng-20gm (sweet, bitter, cooling, nourishes LU YIN and clears fire from LU Yin Xu)
Dried lily bulb-20gm (sweet, bitter, cold, moistens the LU and clears heat)
1. Soak abalone overnight until soft, rinse well with warm water and cut into thin slices. If fresh abalone is used, only cut into slices after it is cooked.
2. Wash pork and cut into big pieces. Rinse herbs.
3. Put all ingredients in a pot with adequate water (about 6 to 8 cups) and simmer for 3 hours until abalone is tender and soft.
4. Add salt to serve. Eat abalone with soup.
THERAPEUTIC EFFECTS:
Nourish lungs and tonify yin, quench thirst and promote vital fluids, clear phlegm, relieve insomnia. Especially good for abnormal thirst and hot, weak lungs, phlegm, or restless sleep.
http://www.foodsnherbs.com/yin_tonic.htm

Lily and Rehmannia Egg Soup

Categories: Heart Yang Vacuity, Heart Yin Vacuity, Kidney Yin Vacuity, Liver Blood Vacuity, Shen Calming

Lily and Rehmannia Egg Soup (Sweet)

PER SERVING:
Dried lily bulb (bai he) – 40gm (sweet, sl. bitter, sl. cold, HT and LU YIN tonic)
Processed rehmannia (shu di) – 40gm (sweet, bitter, cold, nourishes YIN and blood, clears HT fire)
Egg – 2 (neutral, sweet, supplements blood and yin)
1. Rinse herbs. Boil eggs and remove shell.
2. Put all ingredients in a pot with adequate water (about 2.5 cups).
3. Cook with medium heat for one hour to one cup of water left.
4. Add a bit of honey to serve.
5. Drink soup and eat eggs.
THERAPEUTIC EFFECTS:
Enrich blood, nourish yin and moisturize dryness, clear away heart fire and tranquilize the mind. Especially good for irritability, insomnia, dreaminess, palpitation and absent-mindedness, missing period and of irregular quantity.
USAGE:
Not suitable for people with weak digestion and loose bowel.

Soothing Sipping Broth

Categories: Heart Yin Vacuity, Liver Blood Vacuity, Shen Calming

Soothing Sipping Broth 1 to 2 servings

1 rounded teaspoon (about 12 grams) sour date seeds (suan zao ren)
3 stalks celery, cut into 3- to 4-inch lengths
3 cups water

Toast the sour date seeds in a pan over medium-high heat until they crackle and pop and release a nutty fragrance, 3 to 5 minutes. Let the seeds cool, then crush them lightly with a rolling pin to further crack them open.

Boil the water in a small pot, then add the sour date seeds and celery. Lower the heat and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes.

Strain out the celery and seeds.

Serve warm.

Sour Date Seeds-sweet and sour, neutral; HT/LV/GB/SP; nourish heart, augment LV blood, calm spirit, prevent abnormal sweating
Celery-cool, sweet, slightly bitter; clear stomach heat and live heat, treat qi stagnation, reduce BP, promote urination, cool blood, stop bleeding, reduce headaches, regulate menstruation

Nourishes HT Yin, augments LV blood and calm spirit.

Especially good for anyone who has insomnia or irritability, particularly those who are experiencing restless sleep with excessive, vivid dreams and women who suffer insomnia due to anemia. Drink a cup one to two times a day, especially before bedtime, to stay calm and get a good night’s sleep.

Cucumber Raita

Categories: Dryness, Heart Fire, Heart Yin Vacuity, Indian, Large Intestine Heat, Liver Yang Rising, Lung Yin Vacuity, Side Dishes, Stomach Fire, Stomach Yin Vacuity, Vacuity Heat, Vegetarian, Yin Vacuity

raita

Cucumber Raita

Prep time: 10 mins
Serves: 4

Ingredients:
1-teaspoon cumin seeds
2 cucumbers
1 ½ cups yogurt
¼ teaspoon salt

Method:
Dry roast the cumin seeds until they are slightly browned, then crush them with a rolling pin or mortar and pestle. Grate or finely shred the cucumber, combine with the other indigents and let the mixture sit for half an hour or so before serving.

Cucumber is cooling, sweet and cleansing and will relieve heat throughout the body. Its moistening thirst-relieving nature will benefit dryness and it has an uplifting affect on the heart and relieves irritability
Yogurt is also moistening and cooling with special benefits for the intestines.
Cumin slightly moderates the coolness of this dish and counteracts the dampening nature of the yogurt

Primary Actions: Yin, Heat, and Dryness
Primary Influences: Lung, Intestines, Stomach, Spleen, Heart

Contraindicated: Yang xu, Damp, Cold

Liver Paté

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

The website foodiesite.com 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.

pate

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

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:
Aphrodisiac.
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.

Honey:
Warm, sweet, nourishes yin
Lubricates dryness, tonifies weakness, harmonizes, antidote to drugs, strengthens spleen.
Blueberries:
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.

Resources:
1. Tao of Nutrition, Maoshing Ni.
2. New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/27/health/nutrition/26recipehealth.h
3. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_rice
4. http://www.classbrain.com/artaskcb/publish/article_181.shtml
5. TCM Materia Medica, Bensky