Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Creamy Cauliflower with Coconut Milk

1 head large cauliflower
1/2 can coconut milk
5 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tbsp freshly chopped rosemary
vegan margarine
sea salt
oil infused red chili pepper (optional)

Steam cauliflower florets until tender. Set aside.
In a pan, saute garlic and rosemary with vegan margarine until fragrant.
Add steamed cauliflower to the pan. Mash it with a wood spoon.
Add coconut milk to the pan. Mix well with the cauliflower mixture. Bring to a boil.
Turn off the heat.
Season with salt.
Top with oil infused red chili pepper. (optional)

Thanks to my brother-in-law for this delicious easy recipe.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Fight Flu with Medicinal Perilla Leaf Dish

Ingredients: (2 servings)
3 medium size cucumbers, diagonally sliced
a bunch of perilla leaves, finely chopped
3-5 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
1 tbsp soy sauce
1/2 tbsp vegan oyster sauce (optional, tastes slightly sweet)

With some oil in a pan, saute the cucumber slices until slightly brown and tender. 8 mins.
Add in chopped garlic, soy sauce, vegan oyster sauce. Stir to coat. 2 mins.
Add in chopped perilla leaves at the last minute before turning off the heat.

Medicinal fact about Perilla Leaf in Eastern Medicine:
The herbal name for perilla leaf is Zi Su Ye (紫苏叶) or Zi Su in Eastern Medicine. 
It is frequently used for cold and flu, especially with cough and stifling sensation in the chest, fullness in the abdomen, and nausea or vomiting. It can also be used to treat Restless Fetus Syndromes. The essential oil in perilla seeds is used to treat high cholesterol. 

Where to buy fresh Perilla Leaves:
Any major Asian market. (Chinese, Japanese, Korean)