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Jook: It’s What’s for Breakfast

We’ve all heard words of wisdom regarding breakfast. Some call it the most important meal of the day, and in many ways it’s true. Breakfast sets the tone for the entire day. A favorite in our house in the autumn and winter is something called Jook, or Congee (or even Konyi, in South India).


One of the big mistakes that we often make with breakfast, is choosing something that essentially breaks down to sugar by the time it reaches the stomach. While your brain is actually fed by sugar, it’s much better for your body and the mind when that sugar is produced through the work of breaking down fats and proteins. Fats and proteins are long-term energy storage.


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Mama Medicine: Diet for Colds and Flu

A few weeks ago, I asked my readers for post topic requests. I got many great ones, but this one seemed like it might be the most urgent:

“I wanted to ask for some help with my two year old who has recurring respiratory issues. He just recently recovered from pneumonia and now has a cold, a persistent cough and a fever after only three weeks. I’m feeling really stressed and overwhelmed…”

I have a lot to say about this, so I’m splitting it into 2 posts: one on diet for cold and flu support and prevention and one on herbal support.

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Beet and Beef Borscht

Autumn has fully fallen in the Hudson Valley. The trees are aflame. Food-wise, this is my favorite time of year. It’s all about soups and stews…long, slow cooking and rich, deep flavors. Read more »

Elderberry Gummies with Nettles and Black Cherry

Recently my son has begun noticing more and more what the other kids get in their lunches at school. I know I won’t have veto-power in his diet forever, but I just can’t bring myself to pack him “treats”.

I wanted to make him a real treat that I felt really good about giving to him. Since he loves cooking with me, especially when there are herbs or medicine involved, we decided to make these really tasty and nourishing gummies.

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Winter Squash Soup

Ok, so you all know how I feel about bone broth, and while I think that it tastes great as a snack or a side dish to a meal, it also happens to be a super-delicious flavor and nutrition booster for any soup you make with it.

This time of year, with the abundance of winter squashes of all sorts, I love to make a blended soup. My favorite is a combination of butternut squash with a few other veggies, but kabocha, acorn, hubbard, delicata–any squash with flesh that gets smooth when cooked–will also taste great. Read more »

Bone Broth: Nectar of Health

Now that the weather has really become colder and windier, bone broths should begin again to make an appearance on our dinner tables (and lunch and breakfast too!).

Bone broth or stock forms a central part of traditional cuisines all over the world. Besides adding rich flavor, it brings a host of minerals and vitamins into the dishes cooked with it. Long-cooked bone stock also has gelatin and collagen in it which strengthen the bones, hair and nails and greatly aid digestion while soothing the digestive tract. Read more »

Mama Medicine: Fevers

This is the first in a series of posts on “Mama Medicine.” Each of these posts will offer an overview of a common childhood illness along with some suggestions for supporting the body in implementing it’s own healing wisdom. I am happy to try to honor suggestions or requests at any time. Also, if you have some wisdom to add, please feel free to comment below.

Fever

According to Ayurvedic legend, the god Shiva in his wrathful form as Rudra, gave birth to fever after a long spell of meditation. His focus had been disturbed by demons and in frustration he opened his third eye and burned them up with it’s laser-like beam. This points to the role of fever in burning up pathogens and other bodily burdens.

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Sprouted Mung Bean Dosas with Coconut Chutney

After my most recent trip to India, I found myself very inspired to try making Dosas at home.

In the south of India, dosas are made with something called Urid dal and rice. Unfortunately, I have not yet been able to find Urid dal here in France (although I know that it is definitely available in the states and probably also in England, Canada and Australia).

So, that left me needing to experiment.

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Summer Recipes: Coconut Curry Chicken and Veg

The dry heat of the summer sun weakens our bodies.

This is the time of year to focus on foods which bring moisture and lubrication into our systems.

Coconut and lemongrass are both delicious summer ingredients and potent healers.

Coconut is moist and cool. It is building in nature and pacifies the dryness and weakness of Vata and the heat and inflammation of Pitta. It can make heavy, wet, cold symptoms of Kapha worse.

Lemongrass has proven very effective for soothing headaches, particularly migraines. For sufferers of migraines, the summer headaches are particularly common. It is also a digestive aid, relieving gas and bloating cause by Vata.

Ginger and turmeric are both very effective anti-inflammatories. They aid in digestion and have been shown to fight micro-organisms and purify the blood. Ginger is also a pain-reliever and eases constipation from the dryness of Vata aggravation.

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Summer Recipes: Squash Blossoms and Fava Beans

Some of my favorite summer ingredients are Squash Blossoms and Fava Beans!

Squash blossoms are mild in taste and so beautiful. You can grow them pretty easily, but sometimes you can find them at the farmer’s market at this time of year. They’re really easy to prepare.

Squash blossoms are relatively high in iron, calcium, and vitamins A and C, but you would have to eat lots to get much of those nutrients. The bright color and blossoming energy of them is very appropriate for early summer.

Cooking with Squash Blossoms:squashblossom

To prepare them, you should remove the base of the blossom and the stamen inside.

Then you can slice the blossom “chiffonade” style, in long narrow ribbons.

These ribbons could be thrown on a pizza or into a soup or sautee towards the end of cooking. They need very little time to cook and become tender. Read more »