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Rice Pudding with Fresh Berries

Categories: Kidney Jing Vacuity, Kidney Yin Vacuity, Liver Blood Vacuity, Spleen Qi Vacuity

Rice Pudding with Fresh Berries

1/4 cup long grain rice (washed and drained)
4-5 cups milk
2-3 cardamom seeds (crushed)
2 tbsp almonds (blanched slivered)
A pinch of saffron threads, soaked in a little hot milk
2-3 tbsp sugar or as desired
2 cups fresh berries (especially raspberries & blackberries)

  1. Put the rice, milk and cardamom in a pan, bring to boil and simmer gently until the rice is soft and the grains are starting to break up.
  2. Add almonds and saffron and simmer for 3-4 minutes.
  3. Add the sugar and stir until completely dissolved.
  4. Remove from heat and serve either warm or chilled.
  5. Top with the fresh berries.

This dish is nourishing to the body as a whole.
Milk and almonds are nourishing to the KD jing.
Rice nourishes the SP, and tonifies the qi.
Cardamom provides a spark of yang, and makes the dish easier to digest.
Saffron moves the blood and removes toxins.
Blackberries nourish KD yin, while raspberries nourish the blood. Raspberries also remove toxins and regulate the menstrual cycle.

I would recommend this dish is cases where the jing and yin of the KD and the blood have been depleted. For example, to help replenish reserves in the post-partum period or following a trauma or long-illness.

Peach-Berry Rice Pudding

Categories: Kidney Yin Vacuity, Liver Blood Vacuity, Spleen Qi Vacuity

Peach-Berry Rice Pudding

Ingredients:

  • 1 C rice
  • 3 C milk
  • dash of salt
  • 1 medium peach
  • ½ pint berries (mix of raspberries, mulberries, cherries, and goji berries)
  • honey

Instructions:

  1. Place rice, milk, and salt in the top of a double boiler and cook over boiling water about 40 minutes, or until rice is soft and all milk absorbed. Watch milk carefully and stir occasionally to avoid burning.
  2. Add sliced pear and berries for last 10-15 minutes to warm and soften them.
  3. Spoon into bowls and drizzle honey on top.

Makes 4 servings.

TCM breakdown:

rice: sweet, neutral; SP, ST; supplements SP & ST, generates & preserves body fluids
milk: sweet, neutral; SP, ST, LU; supplements qi, nourishes blood, moistens dryness
peach: sweet, sour, cool; LU, LI; engenders fluids, lubricates bowels, invigorates blood, benefits qi & blood
raspberries: sweet, warm; LU, LV, KD; tonifies KD, norishes LV blood, stabilizes jing & urination
mulberries: sweet, cold; HRT, LV, KD; nourishes blood (for HRT/LV blood xu), nourishes yin, stabilizes KD
cherries: sweet, warm; SP, KD, UB; strengthens SP & ST, tonifies KD, nourishes blood
goji berries: sweet, neutral; LU, LV, KD; nourishes LV & KD, improves vision, moistens LU
honey: sweet, neutral; SP, LU, LI; nourishes middle jiao, moistens dryness, antidote to drug & food poisoning

Overall, this recipe is sweet and neutral to nourish blood, yin, and fluids in general. Its action is primarily directed to the LV and KD, where it supplements blood and yin to promote their smooth function and ability to house yang. The recipe would be good for patients with LV yang rising due to LV blood and yin deficiency. It also moistens the LU. The sweet nature of this recipe is offset with the addition of ingredients to strengthen and nourish the SP and ST (rice, milk, honey). However, caution should be used with damp conditions.