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RICE MORNING PORRIDGE

“If I don’t drink milk, what do I have for breakfast?” This is the key question at my cooking classes. The answer is easy. The best way to give  your body energy in the morning is to have complex carbohydrates and avoid the glycemic index roller coaster. How to avoid the sugar rush? Include the…

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COCHAYUYO SEAWEED STEW

This is a protein-rich dish (indeed, protein!), full of minerals (e.g. magnesium, essential for calcium to penetrate the bones and prevent osteoporosis). YIELDS: 2 | PREPARATION: 5 min. | COOKING: 20 min. | DIFFICULTY: low INGREDIENTS -HALF COURGETTE -A QUARTER OF HOKKAIDO PUMPKIN -4 TBS. DRY COCHAYUYO SEAWEED -MIRIN (TO TASTE) -SHOYU (TO TASTE) -GINGER (TO…

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COURGETTE WHITE CREAM WITH TARO AND COCONUT

Now that autumn is coming but summer still holds, here is a somewhat exotic recipe. George Ohsawa and Aveline Kushi already talked about taro, a very popular tropical crop in the French Polynesia and a natural source of iron and calcium. I have used it to achieve a creamier consistency, since it is very starchy.…

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LATE SUMMER – SOIL

There is a universal law: everything changes. We can see it now around us. Although the leaves on the trees have not browned yet, it feels like the end of a cycle. It’s the end of summer, it’s late summer. I would like to tell you about this stage and how it influences our energy,…

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SUMMER AND THE “FIRE” ELEMENT

Can we see how nature provides us with the necessary foods to help us make balance with each season of the year? Eating according to “natural laws”, i.e. local, organic and seasonal produce, it makes sense we will be much more in balance with the environment. Now, if we have tropical fruit, sugar, ice cream and…

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SPRING AND THE TREE ELEMENT

In this new post I´d like to look again at the ancient Theory of Five Transformations of Eastern and Chinese medicine. Since spring is already here, let me take advantage and focus on the Tree stage within the Cycle of 5 Transformations. INTRODUCTION In spring it is important to discharge excesses accumulated during the winter (more quantity…

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APPLE CARROT CAKE

Presenting this delicious cake for your guilt-free Sunday evening cravings. It is quite nutritious, with natural sweetness from the apples and the carrots. You won´t have to resort to sugar or other artificial sweeteners that ruin your sense of taste and your pancreas. On the other hand, if you use rice or almond drink or…

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WINTER AND THE WATER ELEMENT

There is stillness in the air. Everything is “silent” and latent. Waiting. The energy of winter is dormant waiting for spring. It is a stable energy, which flows like water. But, within that calmness already lies the potentiality of the resurgence of life. In winter we must take special care with our kidneys and bladder.…

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RED BERRIES TARTLETS

INGREDIENTS For the dough 1 cup of white flour 1 cup of whole flour ½ cup of sunflower or sesame oil, ½ cup of apple concentrate. For the filling Fruits of the forest to taste (blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, etc) 1 c.c. from kuzu 1/2 c.c. agar-agar Mint or fresh peppermint leaves 1/2 cup of organic…

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AUTUMN AND METAL ELEMENT: LUNGS AND LARGE INTESTINE

In our latest entry we looked at how Eastern cosmology regards the perpetual change between yin and yang, to which life is subject, as we experience things. And we reviewed how in that way of understanding the world the ancient Chinese recognized different stages of transformation, say, five “elements” by which chi moves, the subtle…

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