I have studied a lot of herbs in my 15+ years as an acupuncturist. Herbs, by the way, can really be viewed as an extension of food. I have studied hundreds of herbs that combine into Chinese formulas for common issues, such as, headache, poor sleep, rocky digestion, constipation, low energy, poor immune system, infertility,… Continue Reading Ginger, don’t leave the grocery without it!
Food as Medicine
I lived in Japan for a year in my mid-twenties. I had recently graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Some friends of mine, had just returned from a year of teaching in Osaka. As an English speaker, if you had a college degree, you could teach conversational English. It paid well and allowed for… Continue Reading Tamago-the egg, in context!
True, it’s just hummus. Been there, done that. But, what if there is more than meets the eye? All I see in my fridge is a half full container of hummus, part of a cucumber, two whole carrots and some romaine staring back at me from the lonely, middle shelf, surrounded by a lot of… Continue Reading Make ordinary food, extraordinary!
(Full disclaimer: This post is not intended for those who loathe raw tomatoes, the ones that call them names, like “vile fruit.” You know who you are. It is meant for those of us, who pause in the presence of a perfect, raw tomato.) Today’s delight was a firm, Roma. Deep color. Lovely smell of… Continue Reading The delight of a perfect, raw tomato!
Matcha is simply green tea leaves that have been ground into a fine power. It has a fresh, grassy flavor. I lived in Japan in 1996 teaching English. My time in Japan started with a few months of home-stays with amazing host families. They took me to several traditional tea ceremonies. Drinking tea, in general,… Continue Reading The daily ritual of matcha
Simple, delicious and nutritious. Brunch for lunch or breakfast. Travels for a park or beachside picnic. Medium cooked, pasture-raised eggs and asparagus with black lava salt. Pasture raised eggs are worth the extra money since they contain more than double the amount of Omega 3 fatty acids, Vitamin D, E and beta carotene as “traditional”… Continue Reading Asparagus and Egg delight!
SMASH stands for sardines, mackeral, anchovies, salmon and herring. These are all small fish that have low levels of mercury and high levels of Omega 3 fatty acids. Omega 3’s help reduce blood pressure, plaquing in arteries and inflammation. Today, in minute morsels we have canned sardines in olive oil. I simply opened the can… Continue Reading SMASH
Wanna have a whole, unrefined, protein rich lunch that tastes like you just sat down to a meal at a cafe somewhere in Italy? Open a can of cannellini, great northern or navy beans. Drain and rinse. In a pan with olive oil, crush some cloves of garlic, chop sun dried tomatoes (the kind that… Continue Reading Like life, a can of beans is what you make of it!
Seaweed is a great power food for garnishing your dishes. It’s packed with minerals, vitamins and amino acids. In Chinese Medicine it is considered a yin nourishing food which means it moistens and softens. These properties can help relieve dry conditions in the body whether it be dry feeling joints from excessive exercise to menopausal… Continue Reading A library of seaweed for your kitchen