Rice Porridge / Congee / Jook: Food Therapy

Rice porridge is one of my favorite foods and one of the most versatile bases to start or finish a meal. Rice porridge aka congee or jook lends it self not only to Chinese medicine food therapy and but it also fantastic day to day health supplement. Rice porridge can be either savory or sweet, can be vegetarian or vegan , can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, dinner or even a snack. Rice porridge can be used whilst recovering from illness, improving ones health or just a wholesome meal.  The recipe below is only a general multi usable idea, if you would like an individual recipe or modification please feel free to contact me   Dollarphotoclub_64040248

You will need

1 Cup of Long grain rice (Jasmine) cooked fresh or left overs
8 cups of cold water
pinch of sea salt (himalayan salt is my preference0
Optional extras  – Some form of protein / vegetables / Chinese herbal ingredients -Ideas will be included at end of post

Choose a deep thick base pot, something that will conduct heat evenly. Some form of earth ware is ideal as teflon has some issues but that is for another discussion.
Wash the rice well in a pot of water (make sure to discard rice water in your herb garden or worm farm as they will love you for it) then rinse till water is clear.  Add the 8 cups water, pinch of salt and uncooked washed rice grain to pot.  Bring the water and rice to a boil before lowering the heat to a slightly rolling simmer.  Stir occasionally to prevent the rice from sticking together or to the bottom of the pot. Stirring is important as to prevent the sinking rice grains from sticking to the bottom of the pot and burning – NOT SO TASTY..

Again please keep an eye on your congee

So your rice porridge is ready?
The grains should be completely broken down into water , at this stage consistency is personal preference.
With herbal ingredients: scoop a cup of congee into a pot adding chosen ingredients and cook for further time. To finish off fine julliene of fresh ginger, thinly sliced scallions and sesame oil can be added.

rice porridge


some ideas  which can be added / combined or experiment with

add spring onion, mint, chrysanthemum, dandelion, parsley, ginger  sea weed

Can combination with mung bean, lentils, chick peas

strength and tonify body with  : Huang Qi, Ginseng , jujubee,  Dang gui

Can be used with all the meats, lamb, chicken, beef, pork or fish

As a dessert can add honey, brown sugar, apricot, dried dates or fig


bon appetit

Deer Velvet, Why should you consider it ?

deer-sidebarDeer Velvet, Why should you consider it ?

  • Maintain good joint care and improve mobility
  • Maintain healthy blood pressure and cardiovascular health
  • Help preserve a healthy cholesterol balance
  • Maintain the body’s general well being
  • Fortify the body’s natural immune system
  • Improve the body’s strength, stamina and athletic performance
  • Assist reduce the effects of ageing
  • Provide a natural source of proteins, amino acids, minerals, glucosamine, Chondroitin, and Omega -3
  • Assist recovery from injury

The use of deer velvet or Lu Rong has a long, safe history of traditional use in a number of cultures around the world. Traditional Chinese Medicine has used deer velvet for thousands of years as a yang tonic to tonify Qi and Yang. Deer Velvet was used as an aphrodisiac but recently be also useful in times of fatigue, physical exhaustion and stress.

Each year the male deer’s grow a set of antlers which are covered with soft skin with short furry hair, which resembles velvet in texture and hence the term ‘velvet antler’. Harvesting of deer antler is done under strict quality control methods to ensure animal health and welfare, no animal is harmed in the harvesting of its product. When completed the males are released straight back out onto the farm to carry on with their day.

Building blocks for the body

Muscle growth and joint health.mountain_red_product_image

Over 396 active ingredients are contained within deer velvet; these include a variety of proteins, lipids, minerals, trace elements, growth factors, growth hormones and glycosaminoglycans.

IGF 1 and IGF 2
Substances required for cellular growth and the regulation of a variety of cellular processes. Supports tissue growth, organ health, maintaining healthy blood sugar levels and has been shown to support muscle growth, the regeneration of nerve tissue and encourage the absorption of Chondroitin.

Proteins & Amino Acids
Aids in tissue growth and repair also essential building blocks of the body.

Connective tissue within the body for the promotion of healthily skin and hair. It is also the vital structural protein component of bones, tendons, ligaments and cartilage, providing elasticity.

Essential for cell growth and energy storage within an active body. Lipids build cell components and boost energy levels to enhance cellular activities.


Basic nutrient used in the production, maintenance and repair of joint structures including cartilage, bone, tendon, ligaments and joint fluids.

Chondroitin gives cartilage elasticity and helps prevent the destruction of cartilage by enzymes.

Chemical regulators produced in all tissues that support nerve conduction and cellular health, and maintain tissues such as the lining of the stomach, supporting blood clotting and involved in the stimulation of cells into action.

Constant supply of phospholipids repair the structural damage caused by free radicals, pathogens and toxins which your body requires.


Deer velvet acontains calcium, phosphorus, sulphur, magnesium, sodium, zinc, copper, iron, selenium and cobalt