Winter nourishment.The brightly colored fall leaves have dropped away, creating a safe, rich environment for nature to nurture NURTURE. The act of taking care of children and educating them: the right to the nurture of children generally belongs to the father till the child shall arrive at the age of fourteen years, and not longer. Till then, he is guardian by nurture. Co. Litt. 38 b. the seeds of her next generation. The leaves decay and become both food and harbor, protecting the future plants from harsh weather so they may gestate and birth come spring. Mother Nature pulls in her energy and regenerates, taking care of herself so she can have the energy to care for all her new offspring in the following cycle.
It is natural for us to feel the same. We are as much a part of nature as any other being living on earth. Winter is a time to pull in, rest, regenerate re·gen·er·ate
v. re·gen·er·at·ed, re·gen·er·at·ing, re·gen·er·ates
1. To reform spiritually or morally.
2. To form, construct, or create anew, especially in an improved state. , and build our life force so that we can have the energy to spring forward with the rest of the new growth.
Our energy descends deep within. Winter is the time to nourish nour·ish
To provide with food or other substances necessary for sustaining life and growth. the organs that house our life force energy, the kidneys, so that we have enough stored to support us to ride the wave of the next cycle.
Unfortunately, social customs have created quite a different scenario that does not lend itself to the natural flow at this time of year. It has become a very social and stressful time, which does not allow regeneration Regeneration (biology)
The process by which an animal restores a lost part of its body. Broadly defined, the term can include wound healing, tissue repair, and many kinds of restorative activities. . However, when we do find time much needed rest, it is the perfect opportunity to prepare slow cooked foods such as stews STEWS, Eng. law., Places formerly permitted in England to women of professed lewdness, and who, for hire, would prostitute their bodies to all comers.
2. , soups and grains cooked in a large amount of liquid for a long period of time; they nourish our body deep within. These cooking methods are ideal for optimizing our regeneration time. There are foods that are particularly suited for nourishing nour·ish
tr.v. nour·ished, nour·ish·ing, nour·ish·es
1. To provide with food or other substances necessary for life and growth; feed.
2. and building our kidney energy that also lend themselves to these cooking methods.
Traditionally, the ancient ones stored root vegetables for the winter that require longer cooking, which warm our bodies in the cold weather. Because we live near the east coast, the seaweeds from the Atlantic Ocean Atlantic Ocean [Lat.,=of Atlas], second largest ocean (c.31,800,000 sq mi/82,362,000 sq km; c.36,000,000 sq mi/93,240,000 sq km with marginal seas). Physical Geography
Extent and Seas
are ideal for nourishing our kidneys. Dried beans such as black beans black bean
see castanospermum australe, erythrophleumchlorostachys. , kidney beans kidney bean
phaseolusvulgaris. , adzuki beans ad·zu·ki bean also ad·su·ki bean or a·zu·ki bean
1. An erect or twining East Asian herb (Vigna angularis) of the pea family, having edible sprouts and reddish seeds used to make flour.
2. and mung beans mung bean
1. An Asian plant (Vigna radiata) in the pea family, widely cultivated for its edible seeds and pods. It is the chief source of bean sprouts.
2. The seeds or pods of this plant. are a great addition to our soups and stews for this deep nourishment nour·ish·ment
Something that nourishes; food. . Following are two simple recipes that support us in the winter months. Take time to rest and enjoy.
Kidney Bean & Sweet Potato Stew 1 medium onion, chopped 4 medium cloves garlic, chopped 1 Tbsp fresh ginger, chopped 1 medium carrot, sliced thin 1 medium green bell pepper, cut into 1 inch squares 2 cups sweet potatoes, cut into 1 inch cubes 2 cups crimini mushrooms, stems removed and sliced medium thick 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp red chili powder 1 tsp paprika 1 TBS tomato paste 2 cups + 1 Tbsp vegetable broth 15 oz can kidney beans, drained or cooked dried beans salt and black pepper to taste Prepare first seven ingredients by chopping and slicing. Heat one tablespoon of broth in a medium to large soup or braising pot. Saute onion in broth over medium heat for four to five minutes, stirring frequently, until translucent. Add garlic, ginger, carrot, pepper, sweet potatoes, and mushrooms. Continue to saute for another five minutes, stirring frequently. Add spices and mix thoroughly. Mix tomato paste and broth together and add. Cover and simmer on low for about thirty minutes stirring occasionally. Add beans, salt, pepper, and continue to cook for another five minutes on medium heat uncovered, or until vegetables are tender. Serves four. Encounter with the Sea Goddess Soup The sea surrounds all of us. So I recommend this easy winter soup for anyone who wants to build and balance his or her kidney energy and adrenals. The seaweed is great medicine for the kidneys, and the tofu and shrimp together balance the energy. 3 medium pieces each dried sea vegetables such as wakame and kombu 1 cup dried shiitake mushrooms, (chop after soaked) 2 cups of warm water to soak seaweed and mushrooms, save for soup 1 medium onion cut in hall and sliced thin 4 medium cloves garlic, chopped 1 Tbsp minced fresh ginger 1 Tbsp chopped dulse seaweed 3 cups chicken or vegetable broth 6 oz firm tofu cut into 1/4 inch cubes 6 oz small shrimp 1 Tbsp rice vinegar 2 Tbsp mirin rice wine 2 Tbsp chopped cilantro 3 Tbsp soy sauce 2 Tbsp minced scallion salt and white pepper to taste Rinse and soak sea vegetables in warm water. Save water. Saute onion for five minutes stirring frequently over medium heat. Add garlic and ginger and continue to saute for another minute. Chop sea vegetables, chopped shiitake mushrooms and add to soup along with soaking water and broth. Bring to a boil on high heat. Reduce heat to medium and simmer for twenty minutes. Add tofu and shrimp and simmer for another five to seven minutes. Add rest of ingredients and serve. Serves four.
Mary Lane lives in Asheville. NC where she teaches seasonal cooking classes and provides private consultations. She supports people t( align align (līn),
v to move the teeth into their proper positions to conform to the line of occlusion. with the wisdom of nature through their relationship with food drawing upon the ancient Taoist tradition of the Five Element System Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 828-505-0996.