According to Psychologist Rich Walker of Winston-Salem State University, “people who engage in a variety of experiences are more likely to retain positive emotions", making us happier - and I believe this applies to food too. Try a new food to enrich your palette and senses. One unusual ingredient guaranteed to awaken your tastebuds and often used in Asian dishes is lotus root – the under stem of the lotus flower plant. Lotus root is crunchy with a slight water-chestnut-bamboo flavour. Mood-boosting lotus root is also said to aid immune function, regulate blood pressure and help digestion. You can buy it from the chilled section of Chinese supermarkets. Try my Lotus Root and Woodear Fungus in Soy Sesame Dressing tossed in finely chopped Coriander - a tantalising tastebud tickler!
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