Fall Foods to Strengthen the Lungs

Fall is the season which Chinese medicine associates with the metal element, the lung organ, and the energy of letting go. This time of year we prune away the excesses of summer like we prune a fruit tree after it bears, consolidating our energy, focusing on what is most important, and preparing for winter. ItContinue reading “Fall Foods to Strengthen the Lungs”

Fermented Ice Cream?!

The culinary inspiration of my childhood was my grandmother Elizabeth.  I have written about her wisdom around food here.  Today’s topic: frozen desserts.   Into every life frozen desserts must fall.  Making your own is a wonderful way to reclaim the food supply, deliciously, and impress your friends and family.   I am making a batch today in honorContinue reading “Fermented Ice Cream?!”

Mung Bean Dahl–a Food for Spring

By popular demand, I’m posting my recipe for Mung Bean Dahl, a dish for spring and summer known for its detoxifying qualities and ability to move stuck liver energy.  You know your liver energy is a bit stuck if you feel irritable, restless, or angry, not uncommon at this time of year. Source your kombu carefully.  I get mine fromContinue reading “Mung Bean Dahl–a Food for Spring”

Spring Classes

Spring renewal comes easy when you invigorate your cooking and eating.  I’ve got some exciting classes coming up to kick-start your personal spring fling. Sunday April 23  Intro to Fermentation in Berkeley, hosted by Biofuel Oasis, 10-12:30pm.  A hands-on workshop for beginners:http://biofueloasis.com/workshops/. Monday May 1st Flavors of Fermentation: Sweet, Sour and Bitter hosted by 18Continue reading “Spring Classes”

Eleven Ways to Get More Fermented Foods into Your Life

Why do you want to get more fermented foods into your life? In short, they are good and good for you. Fermentation increases the taste and nutritional value of food. It was the main way of preserving food up until the invention of the refrigerator. Humans more or less evolved to be eating fermented foodsContinue reading “Eleven Ways to Get More Fermented Foods into Your Life”

The Five Elements of Movement

Moving into the New Year, I want to take the time to write about the most important determinant of health and happiness besides food—exercise. Working with thousands of clients over the years has given me countless examples of the exercise imperative: move it or lose it!  Moving our bodies consciously and regularly is truly theContinue reading “The Five Elements of Movement”

Carrot Top Nasturtium Salsa Verde

Food waste: the idea is as old as your mother telling you to clean your plate because people are starving in _________, but now the research is in.  Americans are wasting nearly half of the food produced and imported here, and just half of that could feed the globe’s 1 billion who are starving, according toContinue reading “Carrot Top Nasturtium Salsa Verde”

Nourishing Your Kidneys and Aging with Grace

Ah, winter. It seems to really hit only after the holidays, when the long nights of January march on and the credit card bills come due. The sage consolidates energy in winter, becoming more internally focused, quieter, and listening more. Cooking more, too: long simmered soups and stews, roasting, baking, even a little deep fryingContinue reading “Nourishing Your Kidneys and Aging with Grace”