Japanese Ginger (Myoga), unique flavor and scent stimulates our senses. very appetite! This flower bud is too late to use for pickling, but it could still be finely shredded and used as a garnish. The leaves also use as wrappers.
– Michael Pollan
* Avoid products containing ingredients a third-grader can’t pronounce
* Don’t buy any food you’ve ever seen advertised on television.
* Just imagine your grandmother, or great- grandmother depending on your age, as you’re rolling down the aisle in the supermarket. If she would not recognize something as a food, it’s not a food.
* If you’re not hungry enough to eat an apple, you’re not really hungry
* Don’t eat anything that won’t eventually rot. There are exceptions — honey —
* Don’t eat until you’re full. Eat until you’re satisfied. The Japanese have a rule calles hara hachi bu, which means, “eat until you’re 80% full”.
* Do all your eating at a table. And no, a desk is not a table.
I went to a lecture “Shojin Ryori: Zen Cuisine for Body and Mind” at the Japan Society last night. I was able to learn about Japanese Buddhist cuisine. I am a vegetarian, but I also truly believe the same concepts of temple food in which they use. When I was young, my grandmother took me to the (Korean) Buddhist temple every weekend. It wasn’t a lot of fun sitting for the long chanting (that lasted hours) but, it was rewarding to watch the preparation of food and then have lunch with everyone. I still do remember the taste of rice and the fresh vegetable side dishes. It was excellent. In Korea, the temple food belief is that seasonal vegetables contain abundant natural nutrients and also matches the physical structure of humans. I was really glad that I was able to join in to taste Shojin Ryori. Chef Toshio Tanahashi said that you don’t make the flavor, you do draw out the flavor from ingredients and find their depth. Yes, exactly!!
I attended a lecture about the Korean Temple Food with Venerable Dae Ahn at Korean Society in NYC a few weeks ago. It was very short in time, but a lot of great information about what ingredients we should use, how to cook, or what to eat…