Monday, February 26, 2007

Yogi Do


I love Yogi teas, but have to be extremely careful in avoiding certain ingredients because of my restrictive diet. All grains and sugars are harmful to my health.

I wonder if your "Natural Flavors" are soy-based, or what exactly they are (Morocco Orange Spice, for example, but there are many more that list "Natural Flavors")?

Thanks in advance for your prompt response!


Dear Jasmine:

Thank you for the email. There is no soy in any of the Yogi Teas. These natural flavors have been certified for use the teas. They contain no chemicals and no MSG. They are derived from fruit and nut oils.

Best wishes,

Valerie Crowley
Yogi Tea

Pineapple Pork

2 very thick center-cut boneless pork chops
1 cup pineapple chunks
1 cup broccoli florets
1 Chinese single-clove garlic (or several cloves from the bulb)
Grape seed or other neutral oil
Cloves, Cinnamon, Ginger, Sea Salt and Pepper
1/2 cup orange juice and a bit of corn starch if serving on rice

Brine pork chops overnight ...

Prepare broccoli
Slice up or drain and spice pineapple
Cover bottom of skillet with oil, heat oil
Remove pork from brine and pat dry
Slice pork into very thin strips

Fry batches of pork strips in oil, until slightly browned; remove to paper towels; salt and pepper generously (cool and taste the first batch to determine whether more or less cooking time and/or salt is desired).

Warm broccoli and garlic in the remaining oil
Add pineapple and honey and sautée briefly
Dissolve a teaspoon or so of corn starch in orange juice and add to pan if sauce is desired

Arrange pork strips in shallow bowls, or over Jasmine rice, and cover with broccoli and pineapple mixture.