Yard Long Beans and Pumpkin Curry

Sesquipedalian, Not Truly Yard-Long
Not Just for Halloween

PumpkinYard Long Beans, known in China as Dou Jiano and in Indian cuisine as Barbatti and other names according to dialect are actually not truly a yard long.  Their Latin name Sesqipedalia, Continue reading

Bamboo Shoots Stir-Fried with Pork

A Classic Beijing Dish
Bamboo Balances Meat

Cooking with bamboo shoots

Bamboo Shoot Tip

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, Bamboo has a cool nature that balances the warm energy of meat.  Bamboo Shoots are useful in treating cardiovascular diseases, obesity and diabetes. Continue reading

Stir-Fried Sliced Pork

A Taste of Beijing
Pork Meets Water Chestnuts Meet Black Mushrooms

Shiitake Mushrooms cooked Japanese style for Bento

Mushrooms

This simple Beijing style dish balances the slightly warm nature of Pork with the cool nature of several vegetables for a nicely balanced, healthy dish. The contrast of textures is a special feature of this dish.

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Lassi लस्सी

A Cooling Drink at Meal TimeBuddha Meditating, Indian 12th c.

Lassi लस्सी is a popular refreshing drink commonly served with meals in many parts of India.  It is basically Yogurt thinned with water and with spices such as Salt and Pepper added.

Lassi has its origins in the Punjab region, but is widely served in other regions of South Asia as well as the Indian Diaspora overseas. Together with Tea, it is probably the most popular beverage in Indian Cuisine. Continue reading