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Dragon Eye Pudding

Categories: Liver Blood Vacuity, Shen Calming, Spleen Qi Vacuity

Dragon Eye Pudding

1 13-oz. can Longans (sweetened)
3 T. Rice Flour
1 tsp. Brandy (flavored brandy or triple sec)

Drain longans and reserve enough syrup to make two cups with added liquor and water if needed (add liquor first).

Combine liquid with rice flour in a saucepan and bring it to a slow boil, stirring constantly, and cook until it thickens (about 10 to 12 minutes).

Add longans and serve hot or warm in individual bowls. You may also substitute lichee fruits if you like.

This takes about 15 minutes to make and serves 4.

Longans: sweet, warm, nourish qi and blood, calm shen
Rice Flour: supplements SP/ST
Brandy: expels cold, invigorates blood

Nighty Night Tea: A snack & an herbal tea to nourish HT xue & help insomnia

Categories: Heart Blood Vacuity

Nighty Night Tea:
A snack & an herbal tea to nourish HT xue & help insomnia
By Katie Fritz
1 Asian pear, fresh sliced & cored
Pinch cinnamon (rou gui)

1 tbsp. Mulberry (dehydrated)
2 tbsp. Longan fruit/ long yan rou (dehydrated)
1/4 c. amaranth, toasted

Lightly bake the asian pear in a baking pan covered w/ tinfoil. Add a pinch of cinnamon & eat a few hours before bed.

Place 1/4 c. amaranth on a baking sheet & toast until slightly brown. Add mulberry, longan & amaranth to a pot. Pour boiling water over top (from the kettle) — enough to cover the ingredients. Steep for 5-10 min. Sip before bedtime.

Pear serves 1 person
Tea makes 2-3 cups

TCM analysis:
Asian pear: cold & sweet: generates fluids, calms HT, relieves restlessness, clears heat, detoxifies
Cinnamon (rou gui): warm, acrid, sweet: enters HT, warms & balances
Mulberry:  sl cold & sweet: nourishes blood, tonifies KD, enriches yin, calms the spirit, goes to HT, LV, KD
Longan:  goes to HT & SP, tonifies & augments HT & SP, nourishes blood & calms the spirit
Amaranth — sweet, bitter & warm: tonifies qi, nourishes blood, calms spirit

The pear snack relieves restlessness & generate fluids, while directing its action to the upper jiao w/ cinnamon.
The drink serves to supplement yin & blood & calm the spirit in order to aid HT blood deficiency-type insomnia.

Supplement Blood Soup

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

Supplement Blood Soup

1 oz cooked Shu Di Huang
1/2 oz Chuan Xiong
2 oz Gou Ji berry
1 oz longan fruit
12 red dates
1 inch fresh ginger
1/2 cup black beans
7-8 cups vegetable or chicken stock
6 shitake mushrooms, slivered (soak if dried)
1/2 cup peanuts w. skin
1/2 cup pine nuts
4 Tbsp rice vinegar

Rinse black beans, simmer them in 3 cups boiling water for 1 hour. Combine cooked beans and bean water with herbs (except red dates) and simmer them in stock for 1 hour. Add the dates and mushrooms to the stock and simmer for another 30 min. Roast the peanuts until golden brown in a 350 degree oven (about 10 min), roast the pine nuts (about 5 min). Add the peanuts, pine nuts, vinegar to the herbal stew, and serve with white or brown rice.
Options: spinach can be added to the above o served as a side dish with steamed carrots.

Calm Mover

Categories: Heart Blood Stagnation, Heart Qi Vacuity, Liver Blood Stasis, Liver Qi Stagnation, Spleen Qi Vacuity

Calm Mover

¼ C Longan Fruit (dried)
2 Carrots
1 Bottle Wine

Open the wine bottle.

Cut the carrots lengthwise (just the right size to squeeze through the neck of the wine bottle.

Squeeze the carrot pieces and Longan Fruit into the neck of the wine bottle.

Re-cork and let sit for about 3 months. Shake lightly periodically (every week or so).

Serve for guests or when you need to kick back n’ relax!

TCM Analysis
Longan: Sweet, Warm; HT, SP; Nourish Qi and blood, Calm the shen, Strengthen SP and ST; General xu, HT and SP xu, Yin and fluid xu
Carrot: Sweet, Neutral; SP, LV, LU, HT; Strengthen SP and HT, Nourishes and soothes the LV; Qi and blood xu, Dry skin and poor vision
Wine: Pungent, Sweet, Warm; ST, LV, HT; Expels cold, Invigorates blood, Stops pain; Trauma and injury, Prevents HT disease

Overall Intended Actions
Calm the shen, nourish Qi and blood, stop pain (physical and mental), and warm what is cold. The wine in this recipe is going to be the prime mover followed by the Longan Fruit with its warmth.

Cheerful Cherry-Berry Beverage

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

Cheerful Cherry-Berry Beverage

Ingredients:
8 Fresh Cherries-if fresh is not available try dried cherries, cut in half.
1 TBL. (10 grams) longan fruit (long yan rou).
1 TBL. Goji berries (gou qi zi-10 gm).
1-2 Cups water.

Directions:
1. Combine the cherries, longan fruit, goji berries, & water in a small pot & bring to a boil.
2. Lower the heat & simmer for 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally andcrushing the cherries against the side of the pot to help coax the juice out.
3. Strain out the fruit, if desired (or leave it in & eat it w/ a spoon).

Cherries: warm & sweet, upbearing, supplements qi & blood, & disperses blood stagnation.
Longan fruit: sweet, warm, harmonizes the heart & spleen, tonifies blood & calms the spirit.
Goji berries: sweet, sour & neutral, nourishes blood & yin.

TCM: This herbal drink acts on the heart & spleen to nourish blood & yin & calm the spirit. It is also good for liver blood deficiency.

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