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Friday, September 24, 2010

Love from the Sea

The sea urchin (a.k.a. uni in Japanese or erizo de mar in Spanish): pure joy for your kidney's. This was my lunch today, straight out of the shell. It melted in my mouth. Salty is the flavor of the kidney's according to Chinese Medicine theory and thus much of the briney seafood will treat this organ system which is in charge of your essence i.e. sexual energy, bone structure, adrenal function, ability to cleanse and purify, and your overall grounding and stability on a physical and emotional level. Sea Urchin is also sweet and creamy and will target the digestive function. If you can get your hands on some of this joy - do it! Tossed with fresh pasta, spread on a crispy baguette (much like roasted bone marrow), gently placed on a piece of rice as sushi, or eaten as I did today, plain and out of the shell from the wonderful Dirk's Fish Market in Chicago (Dirk and all the people that work there make the trip worthwhile!).

The soft beige roe is gently removed from the shell and washed of it's surroundings before you either eat it right there and THEN or you choose one of the aforementioned methods of preparation.

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