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Pork and Prune Tagine

Categories: Large Intestine Fluid Vacuity, Lung Fluid Xu, Mediterranean, Pork

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PORK AND PRUNE TAGINE serves 4

  • 3 tbs olive oil
  • 1-1/2 or 2 lbs pork shoulder, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp cinnamon and ground ginger
  • ½ tsp ground cumin and turmeric
  • 1 organic lemon, thinly sliced
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 c prunes, soaked in hot water until soft, 1 hour, and drained
  • ¼ c honey
  • 1 tbs orange flower water
  • ¼ c sliced almonds, toasted

Couscous

1) Heat 2 tbs oil, med high, and brown pork, 10 min. Remove and pour off fat.

2) Add remaining 1 tbs oil, lower heat to medium, and add onion and garlic, 5 min. Add spices and stir for a few minutes.

3) Return pork to pan with 1 cup of water and the lemon slices. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium low, cover, and simmer until the pork is tender, 45 min – 1 hour. Add extra liquid if the stew becomes too dry. Season with salt and pepper.

4) Add prunes and honey and cook and additional 20-30 min. stir in the orange flower water.

5) Garnish with almonds and serve with couscous.

ENJOY…

Jason Cox

 

TCM ANALYSIS

DRYNESS (YIN DEFICIENCY)

Pork: slightly cold, sweet; moistens and nourishes organs

Olive oil: neutral, sweet; clears heat, lubricates dryness

Onion: warm, acrid

Garlic: hot, acrid

Cinnamon: hot, acrid, sweet

Dried ginger: hot, acrid

Cumin: warm, acrid

Turmeric: warm, acrid

Lemon: cool, sour; astringes body fluids, quenches thirst, moves Qi

Prunes: warm, sweet, sour; consolidates Lung, moistens Intestines

Honey: warm, sweet; nourishes Yin, lubricates dryness

Orange water: cool, sweet, sour; astringes body fluids, quenches thirst and moistens Lung, moves Qi

Almonds: neutral, sweet; lubricates Lung and Intestines

This recipe is used to produce and move fluids to lubricate the Metal portions of the body – the Lungs and Large Intestines. It can be used for conditions like chronic cough, chronic sinus or respiratory infection, and constipation.

CONTRAINDICATIONS: Build up of Damp in the Lungs or diarrhea

 

How much wood could a Pig

Categories: Liver Blood Vacuity, Liver Qi Stagnation, Liver Yin Vacuity

How much wood could a Pig
1 Orange
1/8 C Black Sesame Seeds
1 C Broccoli
2 T Brown Sugar
1 Lb Pork

TCM Analysis
Orange: Sweet, Sour, Cool; LV, LU, ST, UB; Clears heat, Soothes LV, Nourish fluids; LV Qi Stagnation, Loss of Body Fluids, Cough with sputum
Black Sesame: Sweet, Neutral; LV, KD, LU, LI; Nourish LV and KD, Moisten LI, Nourishes Jing and Marrow
Broccoli: Sweet, Sl. Bitter, Acrid, Cool; SP, LV; Nourishes LV blood, Strengthens SP, Clears heat; Poor Digestion, Inflammation; Poor Vision
Brown Sugar: Sweet, Warm; SP, ST, LV; Supplement MJ, Expels cold, Invigorates blood, Moves LV Qi; Menstrual Cramps, Post childbirth recovery
Pork: Sweet, Salty, Neutral; LV, SP, KD; Nourishes LV and KD, Boost Qi, blood and yin, Moistens dryness; General xu, Emaciation, Dryness, Anemia

Overall Intended Actions
Nourish and soothe the LV blood, Qi and Yin. Provide nourishment to muscles and sinews while moistening dryness and clearing heat. Each ingredient has a connection to the LV and most actions overlap. Individuals with LV type problems would benefit from this dish.

Mushroom Soup

Categories: Bi Syndrome Hot, High blood pressure, Spleen Damp, Spleen Damp Heat

Mushroom Soup
PER SERVING:
Mushroom-6 to 8 (cooling, sweet, cools blood and heat)
Lean pork-120gm (Cooling, sweet, supplements blood and yin)
Job’s tears (yi yi ren)-16gm (sweet, bland, sl. cold, leaches out damp and clears heat, strengthens the SP)
Chinese yam (Shan Yao)-12gm (sweet, neutral, tonifies SP)
1. Rinse mushroom and soak in cold water for 2 hours until soft. Change water a couple of times.
2. Wash pork and cut into big pieces. Rinse herbs.
3. Put all ingredients in a pot with adequate water (about 2 liters) and bring to a boil. Remove foam, reduce heat and cook for 2 hours with about 2 cups of soup left.
4. Eat mushroom with soup.
THERAPEUTIC EFFECTS:
Promote diuresis to relieve dampness, clear heat, lowers blood pressure, helps with weight loss.
USAGE:
Take this soup regularly with meal for best result.

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

Chinese Black Fungus with Yuba

Categories: Kidney Qi Vacuity, Kidney Yin Vacuity

Chinese Black Fungus with Yuba

100g Chinese Black Fungus – cut into small pieces
100g Yuba (Tofu Skin) – cut into small pieces
Marinate with cooking wine and pork slices (30-45 min)
Combine oil into a pot and stir fry with green onion and yuba and Yam. Portions of green onion and pork slices can vary according to desired serving size. Add in Chinese black fungus and pork and cook for awhile. Add salt to taste and chicken broth to achieve richer flavors. Cook pork and fungus through.

Chinese black fungus – Sweet, neutral. Affects Kidney, Spleen. Supplements qi and xue; Consolidates Kidney; Softens hardened arteries; Prevents Cancer
Pork – Sweet, salty, Neutral. Affects Liver, Spleen, Kidney. Nourishes Liver & Kidney; Boosts qi, xue & yin; Moistens dryness
Yuba (Tofu) – Sweet, Cool. Benefits Yin.
Salt – Salty, Cold. Affects Kidney. Clears heat, cools xue; Eases bowel Movement; Nourishes kidney
Chicken broth – Sweet, warm. Affects Spleen, Stomach, Kidney. Supplements qi; Nourishes xue; Consolidates Kidney; Boosts wei qi.
Green Onion – Pungent, warm. Affects Lung, LI. Releases ext. WC; Invigorates xue; Drains Damp.
Yam – Sweet, neutral. Affects Spleen, Lung, Kidney. Supplements Spleen, Lung and Kidney; Benefits yin and fluids; consolidates Kidney.
Wine – Pungent, Sweet, warm. Affects Stomach, Liver, Heart. Expels cold; Invigorates xue; Stops pain.
Oil – Benefits Yin

Indications of Kid Yin xu: High thrist, dry mouth, dry stool, dark urine, red tongue with little or unrooted coat, rapid pulse.

Kidney is nourished by: Pork, Salt, Yam
Kidney is strengthened by: Black Fungus, Chicken Broth,
Yin is enriched by: Tofu, Yam, Oil
Recipe is balanced by the rich qualities of these foods with the invigorating qualities of the wine and green onion.

Pork Jiao Zi Dumplings

Categories: Appetizers, Asian, Dryness Invading the Lungs, Large Intestine Dryness, Pork, Summerheat

jiaozi

Chinese Dumplings

1 large or 2 small zucchini, diced
8 oz. mushrooms, diced
1 green onion, cut fine, include the tops (leeks)
1-2 tsp grated ginger
toasted sesame oil
½ pound ground pork
Salt & pepper to taste
Wonton wrappers
Dipping Sauce
Tamari
White Rice Vinegar
Toasted Sesame Oil
Minced Garlic (to taste)
In a pan, brown ground pork in small amount of sesame oil and a little salt and
pepper. Add zucchini, mushrooms and ginger. Cook until veggies have
expressed water but are not mushy. Remove excess water. Add green onion and
leeks. Cook mixture a bit longer to soften onion slightly. Remove any more
water from pan.
Spoon a small amount (approx. 1 Tbsp) of mixture onto center of wonton
wrapper. Fold wonton wrap, brush with water and press to seal. Set aside on
waxed paper or a plate or tray (anything but paper). Be very careful during this
process to keep wontons as dry as possible.
When wontons are ready, transfer to cook in boiling water. Wontons are
finished cooking when they float. Remove and place into dish. Dip in sauce or
spoon sauce over dumplings. Top with sesame seed or gomasio.

By Jen Drews
TCM Analysis
Salt — cooling, descending, KD; simultaneously softens and tightens
Pepper– warming, LU, stimulates warming flow in body, diaphoretic, protects
from EPI, counters food poisoning and indigestion
Zucchini — cool, LU, overcomes summerheat, diuretic (especially with skin on)
CAUTION  can diminish MJ energy needed for digestion
Mushroom — cooling, sweet, aids in elimination of mucus from LU, antibiotic
properties, increases WBC and therefore immunity, promotes appetite
Green Onion– decreases blood pressure and cholesterol
Leeks — acrid, sour/astringent, LV; counteracts bleeding and diarrhea
(sweating?)
Ginger — Acrid, Warm; LU, SP, ST, releases exterior, warms the MJ, disperses LU
cold, adjusts ying and wei, reduces toxicity from other herbs
Pork — neutral, sweet, salty; KD, SP, ST, moistens dryness, nourishes yin
White Wine Vinegar — sour, bitter; LV, warming, coursing, astringent
Garlic — Acrid, warm, LI, LU, SP, ST; acrid/pungent, promotes circulation and
sweating, moves static blood and food, protects against EPI, eliminates worms,
bad bacteria, yeasts. Used for anything and everything.

Overall Analysis
This recipe includes a variety of flavors and is therefore quite versatile. The
most outstanding aspect of this recipe is that is very oriented to the LU and
exterior. The antibiotic and protective aspects of the dish make it ideal for
change of season illnesses. It can easily be altered to target more specific
diseases, like deeper yin vacuity, summerheat, or yang vacuity.

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

Azuki Bean & Pork Soup (Chi Xiao Dao Pai Gu Tang)

Categories: Asian, Damp, Edema, Kidney Water Overflow, Soup

winter melon soup

this is a translation from a chinese folk remedy tx

CHI XIAO DAO PAI GU TANG (AZUKI BEAN PORK SOUP)

INGREDIENTS:
DONG GUA (Winter melon),  peeled and chopped, 60g

CHI XIAO DAO (Azuki Beans),  rinsed, 6g

CHEN PI (dried tangerine peel),  4 PCs

PORK (Belly or Shoulder), chopped,   120g

salt and a little sugar

HOW TO COOK:
1. SUBMERGE  PORK IN BOILING WATER 1-2 MINS; REMOVE PORK AND SET ASIDE

2. DISCARD WATER

3. BRING 2 LITRES WATER TO A BOIL; ADD THE INGREDIENTS AND SIMMER UNTIL BEANS ARE DONE, ABOUT 1-2 HOURS.

( YOU COULD ALSO USE RICE COOKER TO MAKE THIS SOUP)

CLEARS HEAT, REDUCES EDEMA

CHI XIAO DAO:

-SWEET, SOUR, NEUTRAL
-HT/SP/SI
-REDUCE EDEMA , CLEAR HEAT,
DRAIN PUS, ELIMINATE DAMPNESS

DONG GUA( WINTER MELON)
-SWEET, COLD
-LUNG, LI, SI, UB
– RESOLVE PHLEGM, CLEAR HEAT

CHEN PI–INVIGORATE QI, DRY DAMPNESS

 

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