Indian Yogurt Pudding

indian yogurt pudding sideThis dessert is delicious, filled with probiotics, and super easy! I learned about it from an Indian restauranteur in Okinawa, who showed me how to make it and offered instruction after my first botched attempt. It’s called shrikhand and is usually made with tons of plain white sugar, very typical of Indian sweets. Continue reading

Abhyanga – The ayurvedic oil massage

abhyangaIt’s January and everyone’s talking about their dry skin. My clients are soaking up extra massage oil. They report using plenty of lotion, but sometimes, their skin still needs help. A professional massage goes a long way, but did you know that Ayurveda has just the cure? You can zap dry skin with a daily self-massage. Continue reading

Lotus Stalk Raita

lotus raita dinnerRaita is a cooling dish that accompanies many spicy curries. It is usually made with a yogurt base, but I use milk kefir because they are very similar and the kefir is easy to make at home. The cooling properties of milk help to balance the heat from many Indian dishes.  One of the most common varieties is cucumber raita, so I made one with raw lotus instead. It goes perfectly well with the Lotus Stalk Curry from last week. Continue reading

Lotus Stalk Curry

lotus stalk curry bowlLately at the Waki Farmers Market I find interesting and unidentified plant stalks. I don’t know what they are, so obviously I want them.  I’m told that they’re lotus stem, and that they can be cooked, or rubbed with salt and eaten raw.  You may be acquainted with the lotus root (a rhizome, though sometimes called a tuber), but this is something entirely different that I’ve never previously encountered. Continue reading

Warm Date Smoothie – Nourishing Ojas

ojas smoothie cupHey, smoothie lovers! It’s time to think about swapping that raw, cold smoothie for something to balance the cooler weather. The autumnal equinox is right around the corner; time to shift gears and start nourishing our ojas for the winter. Continue reading

Watermelon Chill

watermelon cooler with ingredientsDid you know that you can eat the seeds and rind of a watermelon? I didn’t know growing up, even though I always enjoyed that white part between the melon and the skin. The rind and seeds provide plenty of nutrients that you won’t get from the melon flesh alone. The sweet and bitter tastes that come from eating all parts of the melon are a nice combination for the heat. Continue reading

Chai Popsicles

chai pops oceanWe are in the midst of a move from Okinawa to Iwakuni. The kitchen isn’t quite set up and we’re still waiting for the bulk of our household items to arrive. I’m looking forward to expanding my wardrobe outside of this suitcase.  Three pairs of pants…what was I thinking? I would also really like to sit at my desk to write. It’s the middle of summer, but I’m not complaining. I’ve got all the windows open and the ocean breeze is blowing. I’d like something to cool me down while I set up the house. Lucky for me, the rarely used, but always appreciated Popsicle molds ended up in our quick shipment. Sweet! Continue reading