I am always thrilled to welcome summer because it brings such an abundance of beautiful produce, that brings joy to my heart - apricots, asparagus, beans, peas, peaches, nectarines, strawberries, raspberries, wild salmon, crab, lobster to name a few.

From a traditional Chinese perspective - there is an element, a season, an organ, that is most sensitive and an emotion that is associated with a specific time of year. Being in summer the emphasis is on strengthening and nourishing your Heart and Small Intestine.  As the temperatures creep up it is the ideal time to introduce more raw foods into your diet; a perfect time to eat more salads, and indulge in juices and smoothies. Food preparation should be quick and easy so you can get outside and enjoy the sun, sea, friends and family.

Bitter is the flavour that stimulates your Hearth and Small Intestine, so I encourage you to eat seasonal summer produce such as lettuce, watercress, endive, turnip, celery, asparagus, alfalfa, quinoa and amaranth. 

 Element -  Fire

Season - Summer

Organ - Heart and Small Intestine

Emotion - Joy

Foods and Flavour - Bitter


Fresh in Summer

Fruit apricot, banana, blackberries, blueberries, boysenberries, cantalope, celery, cherries, honeydew, lychee, mango, nectarines, passionfruit, peach, plum, pineapple, raspberries, strawberries, watermelon

Vegetables asparagus, avocado, beans, borlotti bean, snake bean, fava bean, capsicum, corn, cucumber, daikon, eggplant, lettuce, okra, onion, spring onion, peas, snow peas, sugar snap peas, radish, tomato, watercress, zucchini, zucchini flower

Herbs and Spices basil, thai basil, chervil, chilli, chives, coriander, dill, garlic, ginger, kaffir lime, lemongrass, mint, Vietnamese mint, oregano, parsley, tarragon, thyme, lemon thyme

Seafood atlantic salmon, Australian salmon, tiger flathead, gold band snapper, tuna, abalone, blue swimmer crab, Sydney rock oyster, bay prawn, rock lobster, anchovy, yabby, marron

It gives me so much pleasure to share my summer recipes that nourish, nurture and strengthen your Heart and Small Intestine, but ultimately help restore and maintain your Qi! All recipes are gluten and sugar free.

Back to top