Medicinal And Immune- Enhancing Foods And Beverages
Miso Soup With Wakame Seaweed
Put the water, onion, and wakame in a pot. Cover, and bring to a boil. Reduce the fire and simmer for five minutes.
Take out a little of the soup stock, place in a bowl, and dissolve miso in the liquid. Stir into the soup, cover, and simmer lightly for five minutes.
Garnish with scallions or parsley.
Boiled Brown Rice
Wash rice thoroughly and place in pot with sea salt. Bring to boil.
Reduce flame and simmer for approximately an hour.
Serve with condiment, pickle, or gravy.
Sesame Seed and Wakame Condiment
Roast wakame for 15 minutes in 350 degree oven.
Dry roast sesame seeds. Stir until they pop.
Grind the wakame and sesame together in suribachi or blender.
Umeboshi Vinegar Pickles
Place the vegetables in a jar.
Mix the water and umeboshi vinegar and pour over the vegetables.
Cover the jar with cheesecloth and allow to sit overnight.
Remove the cheesecloth and place the lid on the jar. Refrigerate.
Rinse before eating. They are good for five to seven days.
Kuzu- Shitake Mushroom Gravy
Heat oil in a skillet. Saute the onion for a few minutes.
Trim the ends of the stem off mushrooms and slice very thin.
Saute mushrooms in sesame oil for five minutes.
Add water and tamari to the mushrooms. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce flame to medium and simmer for five minutes.
Add diluted kuzu to the mushrooms and stir constantly until the sauce becomes thick.
Turn off the flame and add parsley or scallions.
Aduki Beans. Kombu, and Squash
Place the kombu at the bottom of the pot. Add squash and then the aduki beans. Add enough water to cover. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and cook until beans are almost done (approximately 2 hours). Add water during cooking process, if needed.
Season with sea salt or tamari and cook until beans are very soft.
Put one cup of water in a pot over a high flame. Place steamer inside, and cover.
When water boils for a few minutes, place greens.in the steamer and cover. Cook for a few minutes or until greens become brightly colored.
Serve with Umeboshi Plum and Pumpkin Seed Condiment.
Umeboshi Plum And Pumpkin Seed Condiment
Sort, wash, and dry roast hulled pumpkin seeds in a skillet.
Grind to a paste in a suribachi. Or use a blender.
Mix paste with the pumpkin seeds.
Add water to desired consistency.
Add parsley or scallions.
Sweet Vegetable Drink
This drink is good for softening tightness caused by heavy animal food consumption and for relaxing the body and muscles. May be stored in the refrigerator for a few days.
Good for strengthening and promoting good digestion. An energy tonic tool
Dilute one teaspoon of kuzu in three teaspoons of cold water.
Add one cup of water to diluted kuzu.
Add the pulp of one umeboshi plum to this liquid. Or, if you have paste, put in ¼ teaspoon of umeboshi paste,
Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, until liquid becomes translucent. Reduce the heat to simmer.
Add a few drops of shoyu or tamari. You can also add grated ginger.
This tea is very alkalizing and energizing, and good to use if you do not have kuzu in the house.
Prepare bancha (or kukicha) tea. Strain and put liquid in another pot.
Add the pulp of one umeboshi plum to the bancha or kukicha tea. Or if you are using paste, then ¼ teaspoon of paste.
Bring to a boil, stirring in the plum or paste. Add a few drops of tamari. Bring flame down to low and simmer for a few minutes.
Daikon tea is good for adults who are more yang. It promotes sweating so can be used to bring down fevers. Only take it for a few days. (For reducing fever in children, warm apple juice is better.)
Grate about three tablespoons of fresh daikon.
Mix the daikon with 1/4 teaspoon grated ginger and a few drops of tamari.
Pour two or three cups of hot bancha tea over the mixed Ingredients.
Drink while hot and keep yourself warm.
Shitake tea can help dissolve animal-quality fat and relax a contracted or tense condition, usually as a result of liver imbalance.
Soak one shitake in one cup of water for a half hour.
When shitake is soft, chop it very fine.
Put shitake and water in a pot and bring to boil. Reduce flame, and simmer for fifteen minutes.
Add a few drops of shoyu or tamari during the last few minutes of cooking.
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