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Yin and Yang Mental Disorders

The other night in the Indian food cooking class, we were talking about extreme foods and how according to macrobiotic philosophy, they can tip us out of balance. Here are the foods and the resulting characteristics…. True? You decide! Yin Mental Disorders Over-consumption of sugar and other sweeteners, fruits, fruit juice, chemicals, most medications, drugs, […]

Satisfying a craving for pizza

Somehow I got stuck on the idea of pizza and just kept thinking about it. I just gave in and created one for myself (all vegan, of course). My all time favorite pizza has always been with Greek ingredients like feta cheese, artichoke hearts, Kalamata olives, basil, and yes, tomatoes….. I have some blanched collards […]

Gourmet Ethnic Cooking Series: Indian

The last place I enjoyed really tasty Indian food was in Japan where there were numerous places to eat out. Every once in a while, I crave this type of cuisine, but have a hard time dodging eggplant, potatoes, and tomatoes, which don’t always agree with me. The following menu was created when the Macrobiotic […]

Growing My Own

One day just a month or so ago, I got inspired to grow my own food and threw some seeds into a planter. Just a relatively short time later, I have a wonderful salad blend, including red russian kale, mizuna, and arugula. My other veggies and herbs are growing nicely, but the turnips and radishes […]

Windward Farm Tour July 24, 2010

On July 24th, I met about 40 other people via Kokua Market to take a farm tour to the Windward side of the island. The point of the tour was to get to know the farmers on the island and learn all about who is producing our food. The very lovely Susan Yamada jumped in […]

Gourmet Ethnic Cooking Series

The Gourmet Ethnic Cooking Series is underway and there have been rave review for the Tempeh Tacos, Spanikopita, Dolmas, Baklava, and Mexican Chocolate Cake, among other tasty treats. What I’m hoping to get people to embrace is that there is no need to ever deprive yourself of good, tasty, food. You get all the flavor, […]

Blueberry Kanten

One of the main emphases in macrobiotic cooking is harmonizing your cooking style with the seasons. We’re in the thick of summer right now in Hawaii, and coming home, one of the most refreshing snacks that I love is kanten. The main ingredient in kanten is agar agar flakes, an odorless, colorless sea vegetable which […]

One of my favorite books

This book by Carol Adams is the first one I happened to find that got me to look at food in a whole new way. Reading this was the seed that was planted and has now grown and been integrated into my current food philosophies. A must read!!

Testimonials from Hiroyuki’s Visit

My teacher, Hiroyuki Naka, was here on July 7th to hold health consultations. We were fully booked, and I wanted to share a couple of the testimonials from the participants: “Naka-san is focused, perceptive, present and kind – qualities needed to make someone feel special and important. He allowed me to feel the importance of […]

Kauai Cooking Class Travelogue

On Friday, July 16th, I flew over to Kauai to meet Sharleen and Arthur Isoshima who generously hosted my first cooking class on Kauai. The two of them are genuine ambassadors of the aloha spirit. They secured a perfect place for the class, the Jam Room at Kukui Grove in Lihue. In addition to the […]