cooking and herbal alternatives share cultural commonalities that
often get lost in a fray of contemporary Western culinary mindset.
One of the most popular albeit “undiscovered” herbs-based dishes
that emanate in the Pacific region is Mung Beans Soup, a recommended
dinner fare especially during rainy and wintry seasons.
intriguingly, mung beans—the seed of Vigna radiata, native to
the Indian subcontinent, and mainly cultivated in the
Philippines and other Southeast Asian countries—played a huge part
in the survival of both American soldiers and Filipino guerrillas in
the Pacific War in the 1940s. The ingredients are easily obtainable
and cooked and prepared quickly, Mung Beans Soup (called, “ginisang
munggo” by the natives) is an excellent source of protein, thiamin,
niacin, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, vitamin C and K, manganese,
world war 2 fighters freely consumed hot servings of these to sustain
energy while holed up in typhoon-battered jungles of the Philippines
and Southeast Asia. Mung beans-based dishes are also largely consumed
in hot and dry regions of Southern Europe and the Southern
June 12, coincidentally the Philippines' Independence Day (from
Japanese invasion), Mung Beans Soup with choice herbs is the
highlight food in “MUNG BEANS HERBAL SUMMER (Pacific Island Cooking
and Herbal Class, & Dinner)” at Mama
Bird's Granola and Kitchen, located 909
E Broad St #400, Athens, GA 30601. Event time starts at 6:30 PM.
Entry fee: $20 for one, $35 for two.
Bird's Granola and Kitchen, with Moonflower
Botanicals and Loved by the Buffalo Publications, organized the
event. “Mung Beans Herbal Summer” is the kick-off of a series of
movable cooking and herbs collaborations between Pasckie Pascua, an
author and cook, and Chris Wagoner, an herbalist.
is a veteran
journalist/editor and publisher poet/writer—educated at the
University of the Philippines's Institute of Mass Communication, with
postgraduate studies at Tisch
School of Arts, New York University. His cooking madness grew out of
the quintessential grandma kitchen in the Philippines, long community
work in tribal villages, as well as classes at LA Culinary School in
Pasadena CA, and apprenticeship with cooks and chefs from Toulouse,
edits the community paper, The Indie, based in Asheville NC (and will
be distributed soon in Athens), and the founding executive director
of the Traveling Bonfires, a non-profit organization that advocates family wisdom and community
who practices herbalism via her Moonflower Botanicals, trained under
Kyritsi Howell of Botanologos School of Herbal Studies, based in
Mountain City, GA, and CoreyPine Shane of Asheville. Howell teaches energetics of plants and illnesses from the
perspective of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and from the perspective
of Ancient Greek Medicine, which is the basis of Chris' current
clinical practice. Wagoner is the current Secretary of the
Georgia Herbalists Guild, a chapter of the American Herbalists Guild
based in Atlanta. She is also a wild crafter, and an organic farmer
of her own herbal apothecary and various heirloom vegetables which
are sold through Athens Locally Grown.
more details about the venue, call Jennie Phillips-De la Vega or
Infos about Pasckie Pascua, go to
http://pasckiepascuawords.blogspot.com/ (or find him in Facebook).
For bookings (of the same program), call Chris Wagoner at 706
207 7746, email firstname.lastname@example.org.