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Curry Ice Cream

Categories: Desserts, Raw, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Stomach Yin Vacuity, Vegan, Vegetarian

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Curry Ice Cream

2 pitted dates, soaked for 2 hours

½ cup coconut meat

½ cup raisins

1 Tbsp agave nectar

1 ½ tsp curry powder

Directions: Drain dates, reserving about 3 Tbsp of the soaked water. Transfer the dates and the reserved soaked water to a blender with all the remaining ingredients. Process on high speed until smooth and creamy, stopping occasionally to scrape down the blender jar. Pour into an ice cream maker until forms  a sturdy, creamy texture or follow manufactures instructions.

Serving Size: 1 quart

TCM Pattern: SP/ST xu; Yin xu

TCM Evaluation:  Dates are sweet, strengthens SP and nourishes body; coconut meat is sweet, warm, nourishing and strengthens body; raisins are sweet, sour strengthens bones and tendons; agave nectar is sweet, neutral, nourishes and harmonizes MJ; curry powder is pungent, warm and disperses cold, rectifies qi.

 

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

Preparation
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.

Raw Persimmon Pie

Categories: Kidney Yin Vacuity, Large Intestine Damp Heat, Large Intestine Fluid Vacuity, Large Intestine Qi Stagnation, Shen Calming

Raw Persimmon Pie

9 very ripe persimmons
24 dates (wet)
6 very ripe bananas with outsides brown
24 blueberries

Directions:
Cut dates in half, remove pits, spread on pie plate
Peel bananas, set on top of dates
Mash bananas with fork until custard consistency
Remove skins of persimmons and spread over the bananas
Place blueberries on top.

Analysis of recipe 2B:

Persimmons: cold, sweet, obstructive/astringent. Softens masses. Quenches thirst, empiric for lowering blood pressure.
Banana: cold, sweet. Clears heat, lubricates, lowers blood pressure.
Dates: sweet, warm. Tonifies spleen and stomach.
Blueberries: sweet, sour, tonify blood.

This is a cold, sweet concoction. It will generally slow down the body’s energy systems, anchor yang, and build blood and yin. It contains fruits that are known to lower blood pressure, namely persimmons and bananas.

CI: cold damp conditions, yang deficient conditions

Raw BlueBerry Blaster Pie

Categories: Blood Vacuity, Desserts, Gluten-free, Kidney Qi Vacuity, Kidney Yin Vacuity, Raw, Spleen Unable to Govern Blood, Vegan, Vegetarian

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Raw BlueBerry Blaster Pie
2 C Raw Walnuts
1 C Unsweetened Shredded Dried Coconut
¼ t Salt
½ C Medjool Dates (pitted) + ¾ C Medjool Dates (pitted)
4 C Fresh Blueberries  (if you use frozen, thawed and well-drained)

1 T fresh lemon juice

Serves 8-12 (Depending on the slicer)

Crust
Blend Walnuts, Coconut and Salt in a food processor until coarsely ground. Add 1/2 c dates and process until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs and begins to stick together. Don’t over process/blend. (Any extra crust will store for about a month in the refrigerator or 3 months in the freezer).  Scoop Crust into a pie plate or tart pan. Use a light circular motion with your palm and finger to distribute th crumbs uniformly along the bottom and up the sides of the pan. There should be a ¾ inch lip of crumbs along the sides of the pan. After the crumbs are evenly distributed press the crust down on the bottom of the pan using your fingers and palm. Be sure to press especially firmly where the bottom of the pan joins the sides. Then press the crust against the pan’s sides, shaping it so that its edges are flush with the rim. Place in the freezer for 15 minutes.

Now place 1 -½ C of the blueberries along with the dates and lemon juice in a blender and process until smooth. Transfer to a mixing bowl, add the remaining blueberries, and mix well. Remove the crust from the freezer. Pour the blueberry filing into it and press down with a rubber spatula. Put in the freezer for at least 30 minutes. Cut and serve.

TCM Analysis
Walnuts — Sweet, Warm; LU, LI, KD; Lubricates Intestines; Good for Constipation
Coconut — Warm, Sweet; Intestines; Strengthens Body, Reduces Swelling; Good for Intestinal Worms
Salt — Cold, Salty, Slightly Sweet; Harmonizes and Promotes Digestion; Moves Stagnation (Constipation)
Medjool Dates — Sweet, Warm; Tonifies Spleen and Stomach, Harmonize Digestion, Encourage BM
Blueberries — Cool, Sweet, Sour; Lubricate, Promote Body Fluids, Strengthen Spleen
Lemon Juice — Cool, Sour; Regenerate Body Fluids, Harmonize Stomach, Regulates Qi

Overall Intended Action(s)
Strengthen and regulate the Spleen and Stomach Qi to improve digestion as well as providing the needed food processing to properly form stools, move stagnation and aid in constipation. Adding the Medjool Dates, Blueberries and Lemon Juice provides fluids and lubrication to assist the stool movement.

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