According to the 5-Elements theory of Chinese Traditional Medicine (TCM) and shiatsu, autumn is a time of calm and introspection. It prepares us for the coming of winter and concentrates our energy inward. The element that corresponds to the fall is METAL.
- corresponding organs: lung and large intestine
- color: white
- taste: spicy
- direction of movement: inwards and downwards
In TCM as in Shiatsu, the Metal element likes spicy and hot foods that are warming. For example chilis, ginger, garlic, etc. A perfect recipe for this time of year is a warming miso soup!
My personal miso-ramen soup recipe for two:
- 4 cups water (or more if you would like more fluid)
- about 1 tablespoon miso paste
- a couple of garlic cloves
- 2-3 slices of fresh ginger (or thinly sliced)
- vegetables (any you like. I use carrots or other root vegetables,
- broccoli, cabbage...)
- shiitake mushrooms (normally dry)
- ramen noodles
- sesame oil
- some lemon
- sesame seeds and spring onion for decoration
- for more spice add some chilis or cayenne pepper.
* if you like you can add a tofu steak as well. Just marinate the tofu with some soy sauce and rice vinegar and let simmer in a pan. The marination can vary and you can add any desired ingredients like honey and mustard or honey and miso for example.
Soak the shiitake mushrooms for about 1 hour. Then coarsely chop.
Bring the water to a boil and add the miso, garlic, ginger, vegetables. Add the chopped shiitake mushrooms.
Let simmer on medium to low heat.
Once the vegetables are fairly cooked, add the ramen noodles and cook as indicated. Normally about 10 min.
When everything is cooked to the desired degree remove from heat and add some sesame oil.
Sprinkle sesame seeds and chopped spring onions for decoration.
Squeeze some fresh lemon juice for additional vitamin C. Vitamin C is vital for boosting your immune system and helps prevent the flu during the colder months of the year.