Cranberry Relish from scratch

Cranberry Relish from scratch

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.

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Pattern Diagnosis: Yang Deficiency

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:

  • Anchovies
  • Astragalus
  • Barley
  • Barley malt
  • Beef
  • Black beans
  • Carrot
  • Chestnuts
  • Chicken
  • Chickpeas
  • Chilies
  • Cinnamon
  • Clove
  • Corn
  • Dates
  • Dried ginger
  • Fennel
  • Fennugreek
  • Fresh ginger
  • Garlic
  • Kidney
  • Lamb
  • Leek
  • Liver
  • Mackerel
  • Molasses
  • Mussels
  • Nutmeg
  • Oats
  • Onion
  • Palm sugar
  • Parsnip
  • Peas
  • Pepper
  • Pistachio
  • Pumpkin
  • Prawn
  • Rice
  • Rice syrup
  • Rosemary
  • Salmon
  • Shrimp
  • Spelt
  • Squash
  • Star anise
  • Stewed fruit
  • Sweet Potato
  • Tuna
  • Turmeric
  • Turnip
  • Walnuts
  • Yams

Foods to avoid in case of Yang deficiency:

  • chard
  • cold or iced drinks
  • millet
  • raw fruit
  • raw vegetables
  • salads
  • processed salt
  • seaweeds
  • soybeans
  • soymilk
  • spinach
  • sprouts
  • sweets (in excess)
  • tofu
  • tomato
  • vinegar
  • wheat

Pattern Diagnosis: Blood Stagnation

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.

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