Have you ever heard of a congee? If you have, then you know the whole food medicinal benefits that it provides. It's one of the easiest ways to warm, nourish and energize yourself for the cold, dark winter days ahead.
A congee is a traditional Chinese porridge. Also known as jook, it is made using rice. But instead of cooking with two parts water to one part rice, you cook with about 12 parts water to 1 part rice, and you cook it a little longer than regular rice — I usually do so for about two to three hours.
The water becomes broth-like, golden yellow, and slightly congeals. This is what you want to consume. You drink the water it's been cooking in. The healing benefits affect the entire system, and help warm the body by enhancing circulation and nourishing chi. It's naturally energizing and completely grounding. This is what you want to make and eat during winter cold snaps. Here's how to make it!
Try it for yourself and see.