Stack-o-knowledge above. We love cookbooks of all kinds but we’re trying to stock up on more of the Asian kind because of our Asian 19 voyage. Sure you can duck duck go any recipe you want from your phone, but it’s much funner sipping tea or sake and going through all this thrift store book loot and then marking pages with sticky notes together. It’s a huge bonus to witness the curious kids (9, 7 & 2) asking us what we’re doing and then inviting them to help us find a recipe for dinner together. No batteries required. Family time + low tech learning + healthy eating = a very happy momma goose!
My favorite part of this project so far is learning about different Asian medicine techniques and folklore. Did you know lemongrass can help cut down a fever? Or that umeboshi plums can help with indigestion and weight loss? All this helps us connect to our bodies better and understand more about the effects of we put in our mouths.
If you ask anyone around me where I get half the awesome yummy stuff I find, they will say “Trader Joe’s”. Hands down all the time, I love TJ’s. Here’s one of my new favorites that Santa brought me…
Holy Yum! Sprinkle this bad boy in your ramen, on beef or chicken to marinade or dry rub. Wow. Thanks again TJ’s. Mushrooms are magical. I have MS so I’ve been reading up on how diet is linked to disease and how some natural supplements are helpful for your immune system function. One cool find is that they are using mushroom tinctures to help with cancer patient’s chemo treatment symptoms. Apparently raw white button mushrooms are one of the best for you.
More of the mind-body stuff. I’ve been trying to Feng Shui our house and my office. All of the heads of our beds face north now. Most of our “useless clutter” has been sold or donated. We also understand this is a process and a journey, so we will be doing this quarterly or seasonally, analyzing what we keep in our lives and what we thank for it’s service and let go of. It feels good to have less crap and more space to live. It also makes cleaning easier. Learning about the art of Feng Shui is pretty interesting and makes me feel like I’m starting to live my true life. Remembering to be mindful of what I buy and taking good care of the things I love are my top priorities at the moment. I’m hoping that someday soon I’ll be well versed in yoga and Tai chi. I’m excited to learn more about the eastern ways of gently taking care of the body we’re given.
Here’s a medicinal one I found:
Alicia Silverstone’s Weight-Loss Tea (Carrot-Daikon Drink)
1/2 c. grated (into a pulp) carrot
1/2 c. grated (into a pulp) daikon
1/4 umeboshi plum
1-2 drops shoyu
1/4 sheet nori, broken into small pieces (optional)
In a saucepot, combine carrot, daikon, umeboshi and 1 cup water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 3 minutes. Add shoyu, then simmer for another 2-3 minutes. Add nori, if using, last. Drink hot.
This drink is pretty good, but don’t expect “tea”. It’s more like a tiny soup. Keep your mind open.
I love Alicia Silverstone. She’s always bright and sunny and loves vegan and Asian cuisine. Her book “The Kind Diet” changed my life. Although I’m not technically a hardcore Vegan anymore, I try to live as plant based as I can. If I had my way I’d be 100% plant based but I’ve got three kids, two step kids and one chef in my house and they are not ready to live on kale and brown rice, yet 😉 .