that it was from the collision of European melody and African rhythm, that Rock'n'Roll was born! From the collision of reggae and house music, drum&bass was spawn! There is an inherent creativity springing from the interface of different worlds, so much so in fact, that I really think the interface is the place to be. The Interface is where cool stuff happens. Amit Singhal will tell you that! (To read the rest of this post and to discover how you can study traditional Chinese medicine in Melbourne, Australia, click here.)

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Monday, December 25, 2012

Seafood Christmas in Australia (With a Cooling Japanese Heart!)

ssics. My Mum probably assumed all this chilled food and drink would chill us out, both physically and figuratively. What she didn't realize, however, was that some of these foods (such as the lobster) are actually considered warming foods in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), and are perhaps just as warming for the body as the more traditional Christmas turkey and baked potatoes and ham! In other words, you wouldn't necessarily get a cooling effect from eating such fare on a hot day, no matter how long they'd been kept in a fridge (according to TCM, at least!) That said, my Mum had got something right by serving up a small bowl of Japanese wakame seaweed salad, to complement the seafood. As a type of seaweed, wakame is classed as a cold yin food, and is thus perfect for summer. Like many Japanese foods, wakame has some awesome health benefits, and is packed with valuable nutrients, much more than the average vegetable. Even more astoundingly, wakame is purported to cleanse the body from toxins including radiation poisoning! Just before I left Tokyo last year, in the crazy aftermath of the nuclear meltdowns at Fukushima, there was a huge rush on seaweed products, everyone was stocking up on them, and it was widely believed they would help protect the thyroid gland from contamination. The ancient east Asians knew of seaweed's detoxifying powers, and made use of it in their medicine. As it turned out, Christmas Day was rainy and cold, so we didn't need any extra yin in our lunch this year. In fact, we could have done with a bit more yang! (For more on the yin/yang properties of food in TCM and how they can improve your health, click here.)

Seafood Christmas lunch in an Australian style, but with a centrepiece of cooling, detoxifying Japanese wakame salad. Picture copyright Robert Sullivan 2012.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

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