I hold a 100% plant based gluten-free cooking workshop at Scotts Valley today! We had a lot of fun cooking together. Here' the menu!
☆ Demi-glace sauce
☆ Mushroom demi-glace stew
☆ Barley rice with lotus seeds
☆ Oil-free vegan butter
☆ Beets & apple salad
☆ Matcha & Mugwort mousse
☆ Amazake (alcohol-free)
Demi-glace sauce is a classic condensed brown sauce of French cuisine. It usually served as an accompaniment for meat. This rich & flavorful sauce is usually takes a full day to make. First, you roast the veal bones and veggies, then you simmer all together with herbs in the big pot for a half day... But, my gluten-free vegan recipe, it takes about 15 min. to make, and you can keep it in the refrigerator for a month. I always keep this stock because I can use it in many ways. When I am in a hurry, I can create a delicious brown stew within 20 min. For the workshop, we made mushroom demi-glace stew.
To accompany with the stew, we cooked barley & rice with lotus seeds. Since we are currently in the the season of spring, I used barely to help rejuvenate liver. According to the five element theory from traditional Chinese medicine, spring is related to the wood element, and it governs liver and gallbladder. So,it is very important to take care of these organs. If your liver is healthy, it will keep the balance of your whole body and build the healthy foundation for summer. All the green vegetables such as broccoli, parsley, lettuce, kale, brussels sprouts are good to your liver. The reason I added the lotus seeds in the rice is that they have a lot of anti-aging enzymes. .
As for desert, I made a matcha & mugwort mousse. Although matcha is packed with antioxidants, I added a bit of mugwort powder since it is used as liver tonic to remove impurities from the blood. In California, you can buy dried mugwort at the organic grocery store. So you can make mugwort tea. If you can't find it, you can use nettle instead. Nettle is used as a natural allergy relief remedy, it has a lot of medicinal benefits as well, Whenever I find the fresh nettle at farmer's market, I grab them. I usually sautée them with a bit of olive oil seasoned with salt & pepper.
By rejuvenating our liver, we can tune up the condition of our wood energy. So, we can move our life upward while anchoring our feet to the roots just like a tree. I hope we are fully ready to embrace the energy of wood & move forward with a healthy vision! 🌳🌳🌳
On a Sunday afternoon, I had a ramen workshop at Lana's lovely house on a hill in Tiburon. Lana is a friend of Tricia who I met last year when she stayed with her family as Airbnb guests at our house in Scotts Valley. While They stayed, I prepared breakfast for them since it was included.
Then, one day, I got a text from Tricia that she was interested in taking my cooking class. I was so happy and honored. After we exchanged several emails, we decided to have a ramen workshop in Tiburon. There, I met cool ladies who are so keen to their healthy well being. They were very kind and positive. It was always challenging for me to explain everything in English, but they were so cheerful and made me feel comfortable to speak out. So, thank you, ladies! You opened up a new door for me.
We made ramen noodles from scratch, and vegan ramen broth which can last in the refrigerator for a month. This broth comes in very handy, especially when you have a busy day. If you have pasta or any type of noodles and vegetables, you can create a delicious pasta within 10 min. You just boil the pasta, sauté the vegetables, then mix with the broth. Then, you have a delicious healthy pasta meal.
We also cooked three side dishes that we used for toppings on ramen. Then, we made daikon-mochi as an appetizer. Daikon has amazing healing properties including cancer prevention and detoxification to eliminate excess toxins and fats. I talked about daikon previously on my blog, so if you are interested, please check the link. https://wanowa.weebly.com/alternative-medicine/daikon-radish-miracle-medicine
Last but not at least, I introduced another amazing vegetable, called burdock root. Burdock root has been valued for its ability to purify blood and has potent anti-inflammatory and antibacterial effects. It also has an amazing power to cleanse the bowels. If you don't have a regular bowel movement, try to introduce burdock in your diet. Since burdock is not medicine, it helps to promote a gentle bowel movement naturally. Besides, while it helps to cleanse the bowels, it aids to boost your immune system, healthier skin and purify your blood. You can get burdock root at any asian market. If you wrap them in damped newspaper, and put in the plastic bag tightly. Then, you can put them in the refrigerator, they can last for more than a month.
During the workshop, we talked about many subjects. Since most of the ladies who came were mothers, I want to highlight about the danger of sugar. When I moved back to CA from Japan in 2011, my son was 9 years old at that time. He went to a regular public elementary school. The school was very nice. He was fortunate to have many wonderful teachers and friends. But, there was one drawback - sugar! My son's class had about 35 children, and whenever they had a birthday, their parents brought sweets to the class. And usually, they invited each other to their birthday party afterwards. Then, It continues with Halloween, Christmas, valentines, teacher's birthday, and the end of the year party. My son was constantly exposed to the sugar! It was scary... But, luckily, he did not like sweets, so every time he gets treats, he gave away to his friends who wanted to have more.
Now, my son is 15 years old, and does not eat much of sugary food. I think it because I tried not to introduce him to any sugary sweets when he was small. Children love the taste of the sweetness so it's easy for them to love it if you feed them foods that are sweet. So instead, I let him chew a lot of vegetables. I just simply boiled the vegetables and let him chew on them. As he grew older, I always prepared a few rice balls for his snack wherever we went. Rice balls are made by steamed rice, packed tightly into circles or a triangle shape by hand. They are easy to make and portable. I hope I can post how to make delicious rice balls in the future.
I think it helped him grow healthy including his jaw bones. Nowadays, a lot of children have poor jaw development, due to bottle feeding and mushed food. They missed out on the chance of chewing properly when they were young. Chewing is a very important factor to grow healthy. I talked about chewing on my blog as well so if you are interested, please check the blog below. Not only children but everyone can get have a great benefit from chewing well.
It was a lot of fun talking and cooking together with Tricia and her lovey friends. And Lana's beautiful daughter was such a great helper! She helped to make ramen noodles for us.
Thank you, Tricia for giving me the opportunity to introduce my ramen to your community! Thank you, Lana for opening up your beautiful kitchen! And all the ladies who came to the class.
Just for your information, I am including the photo of my drawing which I use when I explain how white sugar can be made. I would like to recommend to watch the video below. It is very educational, and you can learn a lot especially if you have a baby. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0kvaulUIfc
A wonderful sound medicine man, Danny Goldberg will be in the house again! YES, I am so thrilled to inform you that we are having Danny's sound session at our house in Scotts Vally next Saturday! 😃 Please join with us! The fee for the event is $40. Please email me at Shinobeau@iCloud.com to reserve your seats. Upon reservation, I will inform you the address of the venue. The schedule for the event is as below.
☆ 3:30 - 4:30pm Danny's Sound Session
☆ 5:00 - 6:00pm Dinner Time
Here's the dinner menu (all vegan, locally grown organic vegetables & grain)
- Sweet vegetable drink (home remedy soup to nourish your organs) with yuzu
- Kale salad with orange marinated beets
- Kabocha risotto with tempe bacons
- Japanese taro croquettes
- Oatmeal blancmange with cranberry sauce with herb tea
Since the space is limited, we can only afford 10 people at maximum so that we have enough space to lie down comfortably. It is almost like you are having one-on-one session with Danny! It's a very different experience when you go to one of his sessions that are usually held in the spacious yoga center with many people. Which I have to admit that it is still very soothing and relaxing. But when you have his session with a small group in a private house in a woods, it is a totally different story! Very powerful and rejuvenating! You can find out more details as below! I posted on my blog when we had his first session this January.
Here's Danny's website.
As winter solstice (12/22) is approaching, the period of daytime is shorter and night time is longer. It means the shorter the daytime, we receive less sunlight, and this decreasing sunlight is influencing our body and mental health. That is one of the reasons that there are a lot of celebrations all over the world during this time of the year from the ancient times. So, I thought having Danny's session would be very beneficial to our well being.
In Japan, we call winter solstice TOUJI, literally means winter reach. On the day of TOUJI, we have a custom to eat kabocha (Japanese pumpkin) from back to Edo period. Kabocha is sweet vegetable, has a nutty-chestnut like flavor and creamy potato like texture. It packed with vitamin A & C, and has a good source of iron, copper, magnesium, beta-carotene, dietary fibers and various antioxidants. It boost skin health, improve vision, strengthen the heart, aid in weight loss and has many health benefits. So, it is a perfect vegetable to eat during the TOUJI period.
We also has a tradition to take Yuzu-yu (yuzu bath) on TOUJI. Yuzu is a Japanese citrus fruit, similar to lemmon. It is often used its skin and juice as a flavor enhancer for cooking. YUZUYU is a bath where the whole fruit is floated in steaming bath. Since Yuzu has antioxidant property, it is believed to nourish the skin and protect from the flu and cold. The aroma of yuzu is so wonderful, If you have a chance, please try Yuzu-yu!
After the sound session with Danny, I will serve you the dinner using above 2 items, so you will be ready for TOUJI. It will boost your immune systems and bring your spirit up！ *･゜ﾟ･*:.｡..｡.:*･'(*ﾟ▽ﾟ*)'･*:.｡. .｡.:*･゜ﾟ･*
I hope many of you can come to the session and enjoy our time together💕
On, Friday 11/10 at 5:30-8:30pm, please join our dinner & movie night at a private house surrounded by redwood trees in Scotts Valley (close to Los Gatos). We will have a special guest from Osaka, Japan, Takafumi Tomita (in short, TAKA). who brought a special film for us to watch. The address of the venue will be informed after the reservation is confirmed. The fee for dinner is $15 plus a donation whatever the amount you feel comfortable for TAKA's ongoing peace voluntarily activities.
Please email me at Shinobeau@iCloud.com to reserve your seats. We have a few more seats available now. If you can offer a carpool or need one, please let me know when you make a reservation so that I can make an arrangement.
The schedule for the event is as below.
☆ 5:30-6:15pm Japanese dinner
☆ 6:16-7:30pm “Hopi Prophecy”, a documentary short film will be screened
☆ 7:30-8;30pm Free discussion with TAKA
Here's the menu for the dinner! All vegan & Gluten-free
- Cream of mushroom soup
- Japanese one pot winter dish of Daikon & Konjac (ODEN style)
- Fried rice with vegetables
- Quinoa macaroni salad
- Golden beets with Kale salad
- Matcha cup cake with Azuki bean paste
- Burdock root tea ☕️
🍷Upon request, we will serve a glass of home-made sangria, using organic red wine & orange juice!
We will dine together and watch the documentary film (75min.), "HOPI PROPHECY” directed by Kiyoshi Miyata in 1986 around the fireplace. In this film, the last messenger who was specially selected by Kikmongwi, spiritual leaders of 8 villages of the Hopi Indians, Thomas Banyacya who passed away in 1999 at 90 years old opened up the Hopi Prophecy to the world for a sacred reason.
The original director of this film, Miyata passed away in 2011. it has still been screened all over Japan by a successor of Miyata. Reiko Tatsumi from Land & Life (https://www.landandlife.org) who took an initiate to promote the film and move forward for world peace. Now, approved by Reiko, we can watch this sacred film together. Reiko bestowed this film to TAKA for people who live in the Bay area to watch.
After watching the film, we will have a free discussion with TAKA if you have time. I met Taka last year when I hosted his Japanese old lunar calendar class at my house. It was such a wonderful experience. Everyone who took his class got inspired and began to appreciate the wisdom we inherited from our ancestors. Not so long ago, we Japanese lived resonating the cycle of the moon. Living in the lunar rhythm, we developed such a rich culture in the past. By reintroducing the lunar calendar into our lives, we again can live more peacefully and intuitively... If you are interested, you can ask TAKA about the lunar calendar during the free discussion time.
TAKA has so much knowledge about nutrition as well. For one of his peace activism, he runs the summer camp for a heath recuperation every year for the children who still live in Fukushima after the nuclear disaster in 2011.
There, TAKA introduces to the community the food that can detox and protect them from radiation. If you like, he can share what is really happening in Fukushima right now.
TAKA wishes to invite people to be part of his on-going activism by supporting him in a way you feel inspired to, by a free-will participation fee, which will be collected at the event. He currently has his philosophy on giftivism on his website, but it is in Japanese. Google translate does an OK job communicating his intentions. Please refer to the site as below.
What is giftivism? You can watch this video clip to get the idea if you like.
There will be a potluck gathering at a private house in Berkley on Saturday, 11/4 from 5-9pm. If you are interested, please check the details as below.
Takafumi Tomita is a peace and environmental activist, author, and practitioner of Japanese traditional handicrafts, healing and care, fermentation, and calendar. While based in Osaka, Japan, he has travelled all over Japan holding many workshops and events to share his knowledge and passion on many topics including natural and plant dyeing, miso making, relationship of our body and mind, and alternative calendars (lunar and the 13 moon calendar). He practices and shares plant dyeing, miso making and other traditional handicrafts as his core embodiment of peace activism to empower the community and build more local resilience.
You can see some of his products at here:
His website (only in Japanese)
I am so thrilled to inform you that there will be Bengala Dyeing Workshop at a Community Market in Sebastopol on 11/7 from 10am! Bengala is a mud dye made of natural and sustainable material found in soil. Bengala dye is safe for the environment and for you. Also, no heat is necessary in the process, so children can enjoy dyeing as well. 😊
Takafumi Tomita (Taka), from Japan will lead this workshop! When Taka came to California last year, I had the privilege to hold his class about the lunar calendar which is a Japanese traditional calendar at my house in Scotts Valley. It was a wonderful opportunity for us to relearn the cycle of the moon & the earth. Now he is coming back again, and is willing to share the knowledge of Mud Dyeing to the local community! This will be a very rare chance to learn about the natural dyeing and his philosophy about nature and beyond. I hope many people can come to his workshop. It will be an enlightenment experience!
On a warm Saturday afternoon, I was able to hold a Ramen workshop in a beautiful 3 story house in San Francisco. Thanks to David Cho, who I worked for his spring detox retreat as a chef. I was once again given a chance to share my passion for the healthy cooking to his dearest friends. David organized my Ramen Workshop for his special friend as a birthday gift.
The Ramen workshop was held at one of David's friends's house at Pacific Heights. When I arrived there, I was so impressed with the spectacular panoramic view of the bay. Since the house was located on the top of a hill, you could view the beautiful bay at each story, and the kitchen was so well equipped with everything. It was a dream kitchen for any chef! There, I met so many wonderful people, and it was so much fun cooking together! Also, It was such a great pleasure to share how to make my plant based Ramen broth and noodles.
While we were cooking, I was also able to share the importance of eating properly to keep the balance of our body. All the organic vegetables and grains grew resonating the flow of the universe. They received all kinds of energy from nature such as the sun, rain, and wind. So, they are packed with the information of the universe, I believe...
By eating them as whole, they transform into the blood, tissue and cells inside our body. As a result, we get more tuned, stabilized and much healthier. In olden times, many vegetables including herbs and grains were used as medicine. We still use them as home remedies to cure many symptoms. I met so many people who reversed their terminal illness.
According to the book called "The Cancer Prevention Diet" , the blood cells have a life span of 120 days, and the body is constantly making new blood cells. About 200 million new cells are created every minute, while an equal number of old cells are continuously destroyed. As a result, we think of today's "self" as very different from yesterday's "self", and tomorrow's "self. Our development does not stop when we reach physical maturity: our consciousness and judgement also change and develop during the entire period of life. You can find more info as below.
So, it is so wise to keep feeding good quality food all the way to the end. I witnessed so many miracles including my mom. I think that all those vegetables help us get tuned to the cycle of the cosmos, so your intuitions become more powerful... If you have a doubt, you can try to eat more organic vegetables & grains and avoid the food that contains food additives, pesticides, & chemicals for 120 days to develop healthy red blood cells, and see what happens.
If you would like to use gluten free noodles, I recommend Bgreen's Organic Millet Angel Hair Pasta. You can find it at Marina Food, or New Leaf store if you live in Bay area.
The below is some information that I share at Ramen's workshop.
Umeboshi vinegar is used widely in Japanese cooking as seasonings. It is quite salty, but it boasts a sour, fruity flavor. Besides their dramatic flavor, Japanese pickled plums have remarkable medicinal qualities. Their powerful acidity has a paradoxical alkalinizing effect on the body; neutralizing fatigue, stimulating digestion, and promoting the elimination of toxins. The Far Eastern equivalent to aspirin and apple, they also act as a potent hangover remedy. The oldest Japanese record of pickled plums being used as a medicine is in a medical text written around one thousand years ago. Umeboshi were used to prevent fatigue, purify water, rid the body of toxins, and cure specific diseases such as dysentery, typhoid, and food poisoning. In 1968, a component in Umeboshi was found to have germidical effects on the tuberculosis bacteria.
Daikon radishes have been used in traditional Japanese and Macrobiotic cooking to heal the body and to help it discharge fat, excess fluids and old animal foods lingering in the intestines. This “really big radish” has huge amounts of digestive enzymes which help the body easily deal with fats and proteins. Also used as a diuretic and decongestant, daikon can help ease the work of the kidneys by discharging more water and fluid retention.
I was introduced this strange looking Chinese herb called Phellodendron (OBAKU in Japanese & Huang Bai in Chinese) when my son got an impetigo which is highly contagious skin infection that causes red sores all over the skin after taking swimming class at the local public elementary school. First, I found a few red spots around his belly, then, the red spots spread all over his body within a day. Since I did not know what to do, I consulted the macrobiotic instructor. She told me to apply the yellow powder of Phellodendron to the skin directly. At first, I was so skeptical to use this curry powder like as a medicine. But, I applied on the surface of the red spot. The result was amazing! It disappeared completely within a few days without any side affects.
Ever since, I introduce this Chinese herb whenever my family have skin problems. It works like a magic. In Chinese medicine, this herb is used for internal organs such as kidney and heart as an internal medicine, which I am not yet familiar with. But this anti-inflammatory, sterilizing properties are very effective to many skin disorders, and also a small cut. Once I accidentally cut my finger deeply by knife, I immediately apply the philodendron powders and put the bandage. I had to change a few times for first a few hours, then it stopped bleeding. Next day, the edges of the wounds come together and already healed.
Now, I don't have any more powder, but I found dried phellodendron at Herb Room in Santa Cruz → https://www.facebook.com/foodbinherbroom/. You can find it in the drawer 10 as the picture shown. You can also buy at the local Chinese herbal store. I usually make medicine from it and store in the refrigerator for a week. You can damp cloth and apply to the effected area. Currently, my mother is visiting us from Japan, and she is suffering from an atopic dermatitis on her upper body, so I started to apply this philodendron liquid every morning and night. I hope I can post the picture of before & after near future...
Here's the recipe for the philodendron liquid:
In the small sauce pan, add 300ml of water and 10g (1/4 cup) of philodendron and boil for 20 minutes with medium heat. The water will be reduced about 200ml. Pour in the sanitized jar, and store in the refrigerator after it gets cool. That's all. If you or your children is suffering from some type of skin disorders, perhaps, you can try it out. 😃
On a beautiful Saturday afternoon, I delivered gluten-free vegan burgers to a wonderful Japanese Community in San Jose. Since it is not a usual Japanese bento style, I thought it would be much easier to create this type of lunch box to go. But, oh boy! I ended up spending all day preparing... Baking gluten-free buns and bread required a lot of attention & tears😿 But I am so glad that I was able to complete this mission. I want to thank all the people who tried out my gluten free veggie burgers💕
Here' the full course of the menu.
☆ Lentil & burdock root patty together with homemade kechup
☆ Beets steak with dill sauce
☆ Mushed yellow cauliflower with tofu
☆ Red cabbage & onion slaw
☆ Sautéed daikon & mushrooms
☆ Gluten-free zucchini buns or 2 slices of simple rice bread
☆ Pesto quinoa pasta
☆ Baked sweet potatoes
☆ Lemon curd
(All vegan & Gluten free)
Burdock root has been used for centuries in holistic medicine. It has many healing properties such as a blood purifier to clear the bloodstream of toxins. It also contains multiple types of powerful antioxidants which protect cells in the body from free radicals, and prevents a number of different health conditions. In oriental medicine, burdock juice was used as a remedy to heal the appendicitis. I heard many people recovered after taking these burdock remedies. FYI, I leave the photo copy of "Burdock Juice" recipe from the book called "Macrobiotic Home Remedies" by Michio Kushi.
It has been more than a year since I became an Airbnb host. At first, I was a bit scared and nervous to open up our space to total strangers even though my husband is always there to assist me. Now, I still get nervous, but I enjoy getting to know people more. I met so many wonderful people from all over the world, and some of them became very special friends. That is a wonderful gift that I never imagined before.
It is also a great opportunity for me to share the wisdom of the ancient diet from Japan with the guests. Since breakfast is included, I make it every morning for them. Even though It is just a simple bowl of rice and soup, I make everything from the scratch trying to adjust to their condition. If they are too yang (more contracted), I use dried Shitake (mushroom) and dried daikon broth to bring yin (gentle loosen) energy to balance out their constitutions. If it's a cold winter, I use barley miso and Kuzu to bring the warmth inside their body.
The macrobiotic diet is believed to increase energy, resistance to illness and allowing one live a full life in balance. It is based on the Chinese philosophy of the two opposing yet complementary forces - Yin & Yang.
Once there was a lady who went through chemotherapy while she stayed. I served her a bowl of risotto using various type of aged miso every morning. Aged miso, properly fermented has a tremendous healing power to offset the impact of radiation exposure,
Since every guest is different, it is like a little assignment I receive every morning. I usually think about them first and try to prepare the best meal, using whatever we have in the yard and refrigerator to balance out their conditions,
I never tell my intention behind the breakfast to the guests, I just serve it with a cup of herb tea. I hope they enjoy the time of being in the woods, breathing fresh air so they feel restored & rejuvenated and ready to go back to their own world with a fresh mind.
It is so unfortunate to see many people throw away the carrot tops. Especially, when I see them chopping off the tops at the farmer's market. For me, I get very excited to find carrots that have gorgeously grown tops and can't help to think about this wonderful recipe. These carrot greens have many nutritional benefits as well. It has 6 times more vitaminC than its roots, and contains high amounts of chlorophyll that helps prevent the growth of tumors and cleans the colon, pushing out the accumulated wastes and toxins. So, it is very wise not to throw them away! The recipe I share with you is simple, easy, and very tasty. Here's the recipe.
3-4 bunch of carrot tops, 1/2 cup of sesame seeds (toasted and grind), ½ cup of pumpkin seeds (toasted), 1TBS of sesame oil, pinch of salt, 1 TBS of soy source
1. Toast sesame seeds and pumpkins and put them aside
2. In tIn a saucepan, boil the water first, add a pinch of salt. Then, damp the greens into the saucepan for 30 seconds and drain.
3. Chop the greens.
4. Heat the sauce pan, and add the sesame oil. Then, stir fry the chopped greens.
5. Add the pinch of salt, and soy sauce to taste. Then mix with sesame seeds and pumpkin seeds.
6. Sprinkle on the top of the steamy rice as much as you want!