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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

Red Date Tong Yuen in Chrysanthemum Syrup

Categories: Heart Blood Vacuity, Liver Fire Rising, Lung Fluid Xu, Shen Calming, Spleen Qi Vacuity

Red Date Tong Yuen in Chrysanthemum Syrup
Serves 3-4
Ingredients
• 15 large red Chinese dates, pitted
• 100ml water
• 75g glutinous rice flour
• 10g wheat starch
• 30ml hot water
• 50g candied sugar
• 10g rock sugar
• 20g dried chrysanthemum flowers
• 250ml water
• Cornflour mixture

Method
RINSE the red dates and soak in clean water overnight in the refrigerator. Put the dates in 200ml water and boil for five to six minutes.

Drain and make a slit across the dates. Put glutinous rice flour and wheat starch in a mixing bowl. Pour in hot water to mix then add 100ml or just enough water to mix to a smooth dough.

Pinch a small portion of dough and stuff into the dates. Shape well and arrange them on a heatproof dish. Steam for 13 to 15 minutes.

Combine rock sugar, candied sugar, chrysanthemum flowers and 250ml water in a saucepan. Boil until sugars have dissolved and the tea is infused with the flavour of the flowers. Strain the syrup. Put the prepared glutinous rice ball dates into the syrup and boil for two to three minutes.

Dish out the red dates onto a serving plate and retain the syrup. Add cornflour mixture into the syrup to thicken. Pour the thickened syrup over the dates and serve immediately.

TCM Analysis-The Red dates tonify Heart blood, the sweet rice flour warms and strengthens Sp/ST. The sugar moistens dryness in the lung, and the Chrysanthemum flowers anchor the Lv and clear heat. Overall, this formula supplements Heart blood and nourishes the Lung (Zong Qi) while clearing heat in the upper Jiao.

Cornbread

Categories: Gluten-free, Qi Vacuity, Side Dishes, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Vegetarian

corn-bread

CORNBREAD

1 cup cornmeal
1 cup rice flour
1 tsp sea salt
21/2 tsp baking powder
4 tbsp sunflower oil
1 egg
1 tsp brown rice syrup
1 cup milk

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Ligthly oil an 8 by 8 inch pan. Sift together dry ingredients. Whisk the egg and stir in the rest of the wet ingredients. Stir the 2 mixtures together. Put in pan and bake for 2-25 minutes.

Cornmeal–sweet, neutral. Enters SP/ST/UB. Strengthens spleen and stomach.
Rice flour–sweet, neutral. Enters SP/ST. Supplements Spleen and Stomach.
Sea salt –salty, cold. Enters KD. Clears heat, cool the blood. Eases bowel movement, nourishes KD
Sunflower oil –sweet, neutral. Enters LI/SP. Lowers B.P. Lubricates Large Intestine.
Egg –sweet, neutral. Enters SP/ST/LU. Nourishes yin and blood. Supplements SP,ST.
Brown rice syrup –sweet, sl. Warm. Enters SP/ST. Supplements Qi, soothes stomach, drains damp.
Milk –sweet, neutral. Enters SP, ST, LU. Supplements Qi, Nourish blood, moisten dryness,

Overall analysis of recipe: This cornbread is very building of the Spleen and Stomach Qi. It also will help nourish the blood which is often weak in the case of Sp qi deficiency.