Last winter I sprinkled a bunch of nettles seeds near my patio fence, hoping that they would yield a generous crop. But they never did. I chalked it up to the excesively warm and dry climate here in San Diego.Read More
Mugwort in a dessert? Really? Yes, really. There are hundreds of different species of artemisia, and it turns out that some of them actually taste pretty good.Read More
Blood oranges, lemons, almonds, ricotta, and polenta. This recipe has the distinct markings of Sicilian dessert all over it, and yet I never came across anything like it in three years of living there. In any case, it's visually striking, texturally pleasing, and packs an impressive citrus punch. It tastes something like a cross between a cheesecake and a lemon bundt cake, but with the unique flavor and color of blood orange.Read More
My mom and I call these "Oprah burgers" because she first saw the recipe on the Oprah Winfrey show. My version has been modified and doctored up in several different ways over the years, but the concept remains the same: Saute a bunch of onions, mushrooms and garlic in a pan, then add that to ground turkey to form ultra-moist and flavorful patties. You could make a big, fat, juicy burger out of these, or little appetizer-sized nuggets, like I did here.Read More
This soup is a classic in Lebanese cuisine, and has been a staple in my own diet for some time. It's simple and nourishing, and takes very little time to prepare. I highly recommend using a pressure cooker, if you have one, to cut down on cooking time, preserve nutrients, and obtain a velvety-smooth texture.Read More
This happens to be a very balanced, well-rounded recipe, both tonifying and nourishing overall. The beet roots tonify blood, move qi and disperse cold. The chickpeas tonify qi and resolve middle jiao damp, and the walnuts tonify yang, nourish yin and jing, and warm the lungs and moisten the intestines.Read More
When I buy beets, I always try to buy bunches with the greens still attached. The health of the leaves tell me how fresh the vegetable is, and the greens themselves are just as valuable as the roots--They're a nutritional powerhouse, not to mention delicious.Read More
I don't think these really need an introduction. They're the only cookie that Americans eat straight out of the freezer. And they're addicting AF.
It's been so long since I've had an actual Girl Scout cookie, that I'm not entirely sure what they taste like anymore. But I'm pretty sure that mine are better. Rationale below.Read More
This recipe makes crispy, peppery cookies, similar to Anna's Ginger Thins. As always, it's gluten-free, and I've also listed vegan options.Read More
Have you tried making your own chocolate syrup? If not, you really should. It's useful to have a bottle on hand when you want to whip up a quick glass of chocolate flavored almond milk, a mug of hot cocoa, or a yummy cocktail, with minimal hassle.Read More
Sweet, roasted acorn squash and honey. A tender, buttery crumb specked with toasted pecans. Topped with a spicy, crisp streusel, frangrant of freshly-grated nutmeg and ginger.Read More
This soup resembles a basic chowder--Rich and creamy in texture, yet it contains no milk or cream. In fact, the main ingredient, cauliflower, is virtually undetectable. The trick is roasting it in the oven and pureeing it with just enough potatoes to give it a silky-smooth mouth feel. The roasted garlic and saffron threads shine against an unassuming backdrop, while the white pepper gives it a spicy kick.Read More
For those who like cranberry "sauce" that they can cut with a knife, that has indentations on it from the can it came from, and that has the consistency of Jell-O, this recipe is not for you. However, if you like the idea of a relish that is more tart than sweet, that has pieces of whole fruit in it, reminding you that it came from the earth, this relish is worth the 30 minutes it takes to make.Read More
Yang deficiency is typically a progression of Qi deficiency, and primarily affects the Kidneys, Spleen, and Heart. Signs and symptoms include bright white facial complexion, low energy and mood, aversion to cold, lack of warmth in the extremities, dizziness, tinnitis, sore lumbar and knees, edema, watery stool, frequent urination, impotence, and infertility.
Beneficial foods in case of Yang deficiency:
- Barley malt
- Black beans
- Dried ginger
- Fresh ginger
- Palm sugar
- Rice syrup
- Star anise
- Stewed fruit
- Sweet Potato
Foods to avoid in case of Yang deficiency:
- cold or iced drinks
- raw fruit
- raw vegetables
- processed salt
- sweets (in excess)
Pssst. This recipe is deceptively easy to conquer. If you can bake a plain vanilla cake, you can bake this, too. There are just a couple of unusual ingredients to buy: Matcha (green tea powder) and sweet rice (glutinous) flour. Both can be found in most Asian supermarkets. (Glutinous rice does NOT contain gluten, in case you were wondering.)Read More
Caution: This smokey, spicy soup may cause you to break a sweat!
Azuki are little red beans that are commonly used to make a sweet filling for Asian desserts. You can substitute with other beans, of course, but I love the combination of azuki, tomato and chipotle. The butternut squash gives the dish just a hint of sweetness and added texture--You could try using orange sweet potatoes for a similar effect.Read More
If you like crispy, crunchy cookies that were made for dunking in a tall glass of milk, these are it.
The oats and buckwheat flour give them a slightly earthy flavor, which balances out the sweetness of the chocolate chips. If you want to cut down on the sugar content or sweetness level, I suggest swapping half of the chocolate chips for something like toasted walnuts of pecans.Read More
Eggplants, with their purplish skin, are one of the top foods for invigorating blood and removing stasis. So if you're a women who tends to have delayed menses, or painful menses with dark blood and clots, this snack is a great one to have on hand.Read More
Healthy blood circulates freely through the vessels to nourish the skin, muscles, bones, and organs. It is neither too thick nor too thin in viscosity, neither too pale nor too dark in color.
Signs of blood stagnation include fixed, stabbing pain that is not relieved or worsens with pressure, dark, purplish menstrual blood which may have clots, purplish coloration or dark spots on the skin or tongue, and abnormal bleeding of dark blood.Read More
These mini muffins are light and fluffy, despite being packed with fresh fruit and whole grains. Mashed bananas provide most of sweetness and moisture, with very little added sugar, and reduced fat content. The cornmeal ads a tender crumb and beautiful golden color without too much density.Read More