Sunday, October 19, 2008

Dear Tongue, I hope you're OK.

Did you know your tongue can be used to diagnose your health? When I visited a Chinese practitioner last year, the first thing he wanted to do was see my tongue. My friend Amy also practices, and she is fond of the tongue as well. If you don't get freaked out by tongues, go get yourself a small handheld mirror and try your own tongue diagnosis here. Since the white tongue business really freaks me out, I hope most of you have some color on your taster... For those of you that have no idea what I'm going on about, Dazee was kind enough to model a variety of tongues for you below. I guess I should stop saying he never does anything for me. Dazee's middle tongue is so awful to look at, and just now, I was looking at my own tongue, and I had a moment of extreme panic paramount to the eeee eeee eeee sound in the shower seen of Psycho. My own tongue was looking eerily white, but upon further investigation, I've determined it's really pink with a normalish white coloring. Thankfully, that "must hold my pee" moment has passed, and I'm back to full control.

Anyway, I'm no Chinese practitioner, but I think tongues are important too. I like the way mine tells my brain about all sorts of tasty things. For the last few days, I've been making some yummy salads, and my tongue is really into the dressing I've been mixing up.

Here's one of the kickass salads from yesterday. It's got red leaf and romaine lettuces, avocado, tomato, cucumber and toasted pumpkin seeds and is topped off with the mega yump dressing described below.

It's an East Asian inspired dressing, and it's made from: olive oil, organic yamabuki miso (light colored), rice vinegar, maple syrup and toasted sesame oil. I've listed the ingredients from most to least, but you'll have to play with the amounts yourself. Also, it tastes best if you eat it whilst listening to Lil Wayne, and if you want, you can substitute a little flax oil or Udo's for some of the olive oil.

xo
kittee

11 comments:

  1. that looks like a good salad. aaron couldn't sleep last night cause the house smelled too much like sesame oil and it was making him hungry! susie and i made food until late and then ate it. i think i'm going to chill on the sesame for at least a day. but i made a neato marinade that i want to tell you about one of these days.

    that's crazy how dazee has so many tongues of different colors! i checked my tongue for you and its redder at the tip, then mostly pink all around, and bumpy!

    love,
    michelle

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  2. I got that white tongue a cuple of months ago while taking antibiotics. Icky business! During that time I read a bit about Chinese medicine and tongue diagnosis. Quite interesting!

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  3. Yuck for the tongues, yum for the salad! :)
    Are you a supertaster?

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  4. I took the test, and I AM a supertester. Crazy.

    xo
    kittee

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  5. ok the middle one is just freaking me out. I don't want to look at mine now.

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  6. girl, those tongue graphics are NASTY! ha ha. I've had my tongue diagnosed as well. The only problem with Chinese medicine is that they're always telling everyone to eat me. Drives me nuts!

    ps. looks like dazee better go to the doctor!

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  7. I had a blast sticking my tongue at my homeopath every time I saw him. he ended up turning into a huge jerk, so that served double purpose. in hindsight, of course.
    also: you crack me up.

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  8. Dazee is such a good tongue model. I have stick my tongue out at the acupuncturist whenever I go.

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  9. yeah, that middle tongue made me a little sick, but the dressing recipe should turn that around. right, RIGHT?

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  10. Mmm that dressing sounds great. Almost as tempting as Soul Veg's--and this is coming from a not-so-big-fan-of-salads person. It's sad, but true. Maybe my tongue will be a lot happier if I eat more!

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  11. I think the tongue on the right means the patient is deceased!

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