THANK YOU TO ALL WHO TOOK PART!
This third week draws to close with 8 of us participating and sharing our very yellow and sweet dishes. This collective is focused around the Chinese 5 element theory. We can treat and improve certain organs of the body by eating certain foods. According to this theory the five elements of Fire (火) Metal (金) Wood (木) Water (水) Earth (土) represent the five major organs - The kidneys, the Liver, the Heart, the Spleen/Stomach/Pancreas and the Lungs.
This week we have focused on the stomach and spleen by cooking foods that are yellow in colour and and are sweet, thereby supporting the stomach and good immunity and overall health. Ultimately good health comes with a balanced diet, so we should try to eat things that include many of the dishes and ingredients that we have used throughout this challenge. Nevertheless, it is very useful to have an awareness of what foods are good for what organs, as we can focus a bit on them when we are out of balance or in bad health.
It's also worth mentioning that a happy stomach also comes with eating slowly, not over eating, not eating just before bed and drinking plenty of water. The spleen is not well understood by most people, and its main role is in filtering the blood and improving immunity. It is a key organ to a strong immune system and will respond to eating the type of foods suggested in this challenge. It also really helps to eat slowly to help the spleen. Pumpkin is especially good for the spleen, and so it was good to see so many pumpkin recipes!
The medicinal ingredients that we could have used include
All sweet and starchy foods, root vegetables and very sweet soft fruits. Other Earth foods are millet, barley, rye, natural sugar, corn, oats, slow cooked onion, watermelon, cantaloupe, sweet apples, sweet cherries, dates, grapes, peaches, carrots, cabbage, potato, sweet potato, bananas and plantains, yam, okra, taro, beets, button and chantarelle mushrooms and other fungus, winter and summer squash, cucumbers, almond, coconut and other tropical fruits like papayas, cherimoyas and mangoes are all earth foods. So are the pulses - lentils and dried peas, peanuts along with syrupy sweets such as maple syrup, agave syrup, molasses, rice syrup and barley syrup, pumpkin, butternut squash and yellow peppers!
I really hope you enjoy checking out these great recipe posts, and please be sure to let us know if you try any of them out!
Stomach / Spleen - Earth Element Photo Pile
Week 3: Yellow / Stomach/ Spleen Recipes
Thai Pumpkin-Ginger Yellow Curry, with Okra & Mushrooms
Yellow Pepper Salad
Carrot ginger Soup
Pumpkin Soup and Mango Smoothies
Auyama cream with turmeric and mango juice with carrot
Pumpkin Curry & Brown Turmeric Rice
Lemon Ginger Turmeric Ice Tea
This has been a great success, and I am very happy to be learning and helping to spread such great medicinal foods and ideas.
I will post tomorrow about next weeks theme for week 4 of this collective challenge!
Wishing you a happy and healthy day!
You can view previous weeks recipe books here
The Medicinal Cooking Collective Recipe Book #2: The Liver / Wood Element
The Medicinal Cooking Collective: The Heart / Fire Element - Recipe Collection #1
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