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Daikon no Namasu (Carrot and Daikon Salad)

Categories: Large Intestine Fluid Vacuity, Liver Qi Stagnation, Lung Phlegm Heat, Spleen Damp

Daikon no Namasu (Carrot and Daikon Salad)
Japan

The color combination of white daikon and red carrot is regarded as a symbol of happiness.

Serves four

Ingredients
8 inch daikon
2 carrots
1 tsp salt
3 tbsp caster (superfine) sugar
4 ½ tbsp rice vinegar
1 tbsp white sesame seeds

Cut the daikon into three pieces, and then thickly peel the skin. Peel the carrots and cut them into 2 inch pieces. Slice both vegetables very thinly lengthwise then across to make very thin matchsticks.

Place the daikon and carrot in a mixing bowl. Sprinkle with the salt and mix well with your hands. Leave for about 30 minutes. Drain in a sieve and gently squeeze out the excess liquid, then transfer them to another mixing bowl.

Mix the sugar and rice vinegar together in a bowl. Stir well until the sugar has completely dissolved. Pour over the daikon and carrot, and leave for at least a day, mixing it two or three times.

Mix the two vegetables evenly and place in a small bowl or plate. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve.

Daikon: cool acrid sweet LU ST
Actions: clears Heat, transforms Phlegm, cools the Blood, promotes urination, directs qi downwards, and improves digestion.
Indications: Phlegm Heat cough, Heat in the LU, febrile illness.

Carrot: sweet neutral SP LV LU HT
Actions: strengthens the SP and aids digestion, benefits the LV, improves vision, directs qi downwards, stops cough.
Indications: Indigestion, weak digestion, abdominal distension, constipation, visual weakness, night blindness; LU Heat cough and whooping cough, assists in the rash disorders of childhood, dysentery.

Salt: salty neutral KI
Actions: moistens dryness, softens hardness, benefits digestion, and promotes bowel movements.

Caster Sugar: sweet neutral LU SP
Actions: moistens the LU, increases yin fluids, and benefits the SP.
Indications: dry cough, dry throat, thirst, dull abdominal pain.

Vinegar: sour bitter warm LV
Actions: improves digestion, disperses stagnant Blood, stops bleeding, and balances rich and oily foods.
Indications: food stagnation, abdominal and hypochondriac masses and accumulations, hematemesis, hemafecia, epistaxis, postpartum dizziness and fainting, food poisoning.

White Sesame Seeds: sl. warm sweet LV KI
Actions: LV and KI tonic, lubricates intestines, general tonic.

Daikon no Namasu (composite): cool acrid sweet sour LU SP ST LV HT KI
Actions: clears Heat, transforms Phlegm, cools the Blood, promotes urination, directs qi downwards, and improves digestion, strengthens the SP and aids digestion, improves vision, stops cough, LV and KI tonic, lubricates intestines, general tonic.
Indications: Phlegm Heat cough, Heat in the LU, febrile illness, indigestion, weak digestion, abdominal distension, constipation, visual weakness, night blindness, LU Heat cough and whooping cough, assists in the rash disorders of childhood, dysentery.

Herbal Gomasio

Categories: Kidney Qi Vacuity, Liver Blood Vacuity

Siri Michel

Herbal Gomasio – makes approximately ½ cup

Water or Wood Imbalance – Kidney Qi Deficiency or Liver Blood Deficiency

Ingredients (use organic when possible)

  • ½ cup sesame seeds
  • 1 teaspoon dulse flakes
  • 1 teaspoon nettle leaf
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt (optional)

Directions

  1. Toast sesame seeds in a dry skillet over medium heat, stirring regularly, for 5-10 minutes, or until slightly golden and aromatic.
  2. Cool seeds slightly, then mix with dulse flakes and nettles in blender, seed grinder, coffee grinder or with mortar and pestle. Grind coarsely, just enough to break the seeds and coat herbs with sesame oil.
  3. If the dulse or nettles are whole leaf, grind them into flakes first before mixing with sesame seeds.
  4. Taste and add optional salt if desired.
  5. Store in a jar or large opening shaker. Can also be used in a spice mill to further grind over food. If not used up within the week, store in the refrigerator to maintain freshness.

Options: Try mixing with other edible seaweeds – kombu, nori, kelp granules or a blend of seaweeds will work well. May be modified in various proportions to taste.

 

TCM properties

Ingredient Taste, Temp, Organs Function

Sesame seeds: Neutral, sweet; LVR, KD Nourish blood and yin, lubricate intestines

Dulse flakes: Cold, salty; LVR, ST, KD Clear heat, softens hardness.

Nettle leaf: Neutral, sweet, salty; KD, LVR, SP, UB, LU; brightens eyes; detoxifies. Regulates the waterways, builds and moves blood, regulates menstruation, regulate urination, benefits the skin.

Sea Salt: Cold, salty, sl. sweet; KD, UB Harmonize and promote digestion; in small amounts  strengthens Kidney, fortifies bones, tendons and teeth;

 

Steamed Pumpkin with Gingered Honey

Categories: Spleen Qi Vacuity, Stomach Cold

Steamed Pumpkin with Gingered Honey
Pumpkin is a sweet warming food that benefits spleen-pancreas and stomach

2 # pumpkin, cut into cubes
½ cup honey
¼ tsp sesame oil
2 T slivered Ginger
Sesame seeds for garnish

Steam pumpkin until tender
Heat honey, oil and ginger, simmer for 5 — 10 minutes
Drizzle syrup over pumpkin and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
Serves 6

Ingredient Analysis
Pumpkin — Sweet, warm — supplements the Spleen, Stomach, and Pancreas.
Honey — Sweet, neutral. Nourishes middle jiao
Ginger — Warm, acrid. Warms the middle
Sesame — Sweet, Neutral. Moistens dryness from yin xu. Nourishes LV and KD

Mung Bean Sprout Salad

Categories: Large Intestine Qi Stagnation, Wind Heat Invading Lungs, Wind Invasion (External)

Mung Bean Sprout Salad
Overall recipe: Releases exterior, resolves toxin, clears heat.

Mung Bean Sprouts: sweet, cool. Clears heat, resolves toxins, disperses summer-heat.
Scallion: acrid, warm. Releases exterior, resolves toxin
Sesame Seed: sweet, neutral. Moistens interior, supplements liver and kidney.
Sesame Oil: sweet cool. Detoxifies, moistens dryness, promotes bowel movement.
Ginger: acrid, slightly warm. Disperses cold, releases exterior, transforms phlegm, stops vomit.
Vinegar: sour, bitter, warm. Resolves toxin, kills worms, scatters stasis.
Garlic: acrid, warm. Courses qi, resolves toxin, kills parasites.
Honey: sweet, neutral. Resolves toxin, moistens dryness, strengthens the center.

Emily Hildebrand said:

Mung Bean Sprout Salad
Serves 46 cups mung bean sprouts
1 bunch of scallions, finely chopped
1 Tbsp sesame seeds

Dressing:
1 tsp grated ginger
1 tsp sesame seed oil
2 Tbsp raw apple cider vinegar
1/2 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp raw honey
1 tsp flax oil
a healthy drizzle of olive oil
Whisk the dressing ingredients together and pour over the sprouts etc.

Taken from Sally Fallon’s ‘Nourishing Traditions’

Five-Spice Powder Chicken

Categories: Chicken, Cold in the Middle Jiao, Liver Qi Stagnation, Qi Stagnation in Middle jiao, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Stomach Cold

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Five-Spice Powder Chicken

6 servings

1 large piece (0.15 ounces or 4 grams) dried tangerine peel (chen pi), or 1 tablespoon of shredded pieces (optional if unavailable)
2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
1 (1-inch) piece fresh ginger, peeled and minced
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder (wu xiang fen)
1/4 teaspoon Sichuan peppercorns or other kind of pepper
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons dark sesame oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons brown sesame seeds
1 (4- to 5-pound) roasting chicken, giblets removed

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Soak the dried tangerine peel in warm water until soft, about 15 minutes. Remove from water. If necessary, scrape off the white pith and cut into small pieces. (Some herb shops sell tangerine peel already shredded and depithed, in which case you skip this step.)

In a food processor, whir together tangerine peel, garlic, ginger, lemon juice, five-spice powder, peppercorns, vegetable oil, sesame oil and salt until it is the consistency of a paste.

Stir the sesame seeds into the paste.

Wash the chicken, pat dry and evenly coat the exterior and interior of the chicken with the tangerine peel paste.

Place the chicken on a rack in a baking pan and roast for 20 minutes.

Lower heat to 375 degrees and roast for about another 50 minutes until the leg bone rotates easily in its socket and juices run clear rather than pink when you tip them out of the cavity of the bird.

Remove the chicken from the oven and let it rest for 5 minutes before carving.

 

TCM

Especially good for people with a tendency toward stomach distress (such as bloating, gas or poor appetite), fatigue (perhaps due to chronic stress) and aches and pains or low pain tolerance due to cold and stagnation in the middle jiao.

Tangerine Peel-acrid, bitter, warm; SP/LU; regulate qi, harmonize, dry damp, transform phlegm
Garlic-hot, acrid; anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, detoxify meat and seafood, kill worms, remove stagnant food and blood, reduce abscesses, warm yang, dispel cold; CONTRAINDICATED in hot or dry eye DOs, mouth sores, tongue ulcers
Ginger-pungent, warm; LU/SP/ST; disperse exterior cold, stop nausea and vomiting, detoxify other herbs, reduce inflammation
Lemon-slightly cold, very sour; ST/LV/LU; clear heat, quench thirst, harmonize stomach and relive cough
Five Spice Powder-warming; contains each of the five flavors: sour, bitter, sweet, pungent and salty; mixture of star anise, Sichuan pepper, fennel, cloves and cinnamon (sometimes also star anise, licorice root, and/or ground ginger)
Sichuan Pepper-pungent, hot SP/ST; warm MJ, relieve pain and diarrhea from excess cold, descend ST qi, expel damp and cold, combat intestinal parasites
Vegetable Oil-moistening
Sesame Oil-cool, sweet; LI/LV/KD; down bearing, moisten intestines, laxative, detoxifies, raise unsaturated fatty acids, lecithin and vitamin E, treats dryness in intestines, constipation, digestive obstructions, blood and qi vacuity of LV and KD, weakness in muscles, skins and bones; CONTRAINDICATED in excess conditions, weakens SP pancreas network, can cause diarrhea
Salt-salty, cold; KD; clear heat, cool blood, ease bowel movements, nourish KD
Sesame Seeds-slightly warm, sweet; nourish LV & KD, lubricate intestines, blacken gray hair, tonify body overall, benefit skin; grinding recommended because tough cell wall makes it undigestable whole
Chicken-sweet, warm; SP/ST/KD; supplement qi, nourish blood, consolidate KD, boost wei qi

 

Open sesame eggplant

Categories: Asian, Damp Heat in the Lower Jiao, Heart Blood Stagnation, Heart Disease, Large Intestine Damp Heat, Large Intestine Fluid Vacuity, Liver & Gall Bladder Damp Heat, Spleen Damp Heat, Stomach Fire, Toxic Heat in the Blood, Urinary Bladder Damp Heat, Vegan, Vegetables, Vegetarian, Yin Vacuity

OPEN SESAME EGGPLANT (2-3 servings)
by Catherine Marquis

Other Names: Solanum melongena, aubergine, qie zi
Eggplant is a vegetable of wide international origins, appearing in the cuisines of Europe,
the Middle East, South and East Asia, and North America. China and India are the world’s top
eggplant producers today. It is related to the potato, pepper, and tomato, part of the Solanaceae
(nightshade) family, and grows in climates ranging from tropical to temperate. Eggplants come
in many sizes, colors and shapes, (not only the pear-shaped dark purple variety) ranging from
small and white (literally resembling an egg) to green and round, to long and lavender.
When shopping for eggplant, you should select ones that are relatively heavy for their
size and use immediately if possible. It should be cooked thoroughly until soft and is difficult to
overcook. Eggplant’s texture and bulk can provide balance to a meal that is light or nonexistent
in meat. It is a good source of fiber, potassium, manganese, copper, thiamine, vitamin B6, folate,
magnesium and niacin. Scientific studies suggest that eggplant might be useful in preventing atherosclerosis
and heart disease. From a TCM perspective it addresses swelling, pain, hemorrhoids and breast
inflammation (mastitis) or sores.

  •  Ingredients
    3-4 tbsp dark sesame oil
    3 cloves garlic, minced
    1 med-sized eggplant (about 1 lb), cut into 1 inch cubes
    1 cup water
    1 tbsp rice wine
    1 ½ tbsp soy sauce
    1 tbsp sesame seeds

Preparation
1. Heat oil in a pan, and then add garlic and then eggplant. Cook until eggplant is golden brown
on all sides. (You may want to brown the eggplant in two batches to distribute the oil more
evenly, as the eggplant has a tendency to absorb it.)
2. Add water to the pan. Bring to a boil, then lower heat. Cover and cook for about 10 min.,
until soft.
3. Remove lid, and add rice wine and soy sauce. Cook, uncovered for another 3-5 min.
4. In the meantime, toast the sesame seeds in a dry skillet over medium heat until golden brown,
stirring or shaking frequently, about 5 min. When done, remove the seeds from the hot skillet
so they don’t overcook.
5. Transfer eggplant mixture to a serving dish and sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds. Serve
warm with a grain such as rice or quinoa if desired.
Variations
If preferred, you can boil or steam the eggplant for about 20 min., until soft, then add soy sauce,
sesame oil and toasted sesame seeds to taste.
TCM Ingredient Analysis
Sesame oil – cool, sweet; LI, LV, KD; down bearing, moisten intestines, laxative, detoxifies,
raise unsaturated fatty acids, lecithin and vitamin E, treats dryness in intestines, constipation,
digestive obstructions, blood and qi vacuity of LV and KD, weakness in muscles, skins and
bones
CONTRAINDICATED in excess conditions, weakens SP pancreas network, can cause diarrhea
Garlic – hot, acrid; anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, detoxify meat and seafood, kill worms,
remove stagnant food and blood, reduce abscesses, warm yang, dispel cold;
CONTRAINDICATED in hot or dry eye DOs, mouth sores, tongue ulcers
Eggplant –cool-cold, sweet; SP, ST, LI; clear heat, relieve toxicity, invigorate and cool blood
and break stasis, reduce swelling, relieve and stop pain, move qi and open chest, promote
diuresis; CONTRAINDICATED in cold conditions
Rice Wine –warm; move blood
Soy sauce – cold, salty; SP, ST, KD; harmonize middle jiao, clear heat, antidote to drug and food
poisoning, benefit KD, penetrate deeply
Sesame seeds – slightly warm, sweet; nourish LV & KD, lubricate intestines, blacken gray hair,
tonify body overall, benefit skin; grinding recommended because tough cell wall makes it
undigestable whole
Quinoa – warm, sweet, sour; strengthen entire body, tonify qi, warm yang)
Overall Recipe Analysis
This dish clears heat, moves and cools blood, moistens the intestines, reduces swelling, and eases
pain. It is especially good for anyone concerned about high cholesterol or those who wish to
counteract pain and swelling.
Patterns
Blood stasis, qi stagnation, cold or damp stagnation, qi and blood deficiency, ST heat, yin
deficiency, SP qi deficiency, KD yang deficiency