By most accounts, I am a fairly experienced cook. I have been the primary food preparer in my household for most of the past 40 years. I have made hundreds of loaves of sourdough bread, starting from whole wheat or rye berries. I have six fermentation crocks, and one is going most of the time. I have made a variety of fermented “soft drinks,” my current favorite being various fruit-based shrubs. One of Lynda’s nieces claims she likes to visit us in San Francisco at least partially to eat my food. Yet, I am only the second best Cowan male chef.
My first inkling that my son Joe, who manages production and develops new blends for Dr. Cowan’s Garden, was a budding chef was when he made all the deserts for his sister’s wedding reception. He had gotten the Tartine bakery cookbook, considered by many the best bakery in the U.S., and made most, if not all, the recipes. Soon after, he came one Thanksgiving and made the entire meal from scratch. In comparison, I heat up food. The reason my food sometimes tastes good is because I use the best quality, freshest ingredients and at least don’t ruin them when I cook; Joe actually knows how to cook.
During the past decade, Joe has traveled to Asia and the Far East and developed an appreciation and taste for Asian cuisine. This experience led him to create our newest blend, Threefold Blend (Spicy) Powder. Threefold Spicy merges the Goethean conception of the ideal threefold plant (roots, leaves, fruit); the Asian sense for the marriage of heat, spice and sweet; and innovative ingredients sourced from unique growers. It contains a root (carrot), a rhizome (ginger), a leaf (wasabi) and a fruit (pepper). It has a sweet component in the carrot, spicy components in the ginger and wasabi, and a gentle heat component in the peppers.
The wasabi leaves were grown on the only commercial wasabi farm in the U.S. and were stream-grown in a pristine area on the Oregon coast of Oregon. Wasabi is prized not only for its delicate flavor but also its sulfur-based medicinal properties, which greatly aid in the detoxification processes. The peppers are the popular Jimmy Nardello variety, which combines a gentle heat and the sweet-pepper flavor. Peppers are also added to help with the nutrient absorption of any food to which they are added. Ginger is a well-known spice also valued for its medicinal properties, especially its ability to reduce inflammation.
Our Threefold Blend (Spicy) embodies the essence of our company. It is the marriage of amazing flavor, one that will enhance virtually any savory dish, with the medicinal properties found in common foods. In addition, we pursue innovative sources of our raw materials, and whenever possible throw our support behind farmers who are doing right by the earth.
Well done, Joe. We hope you enjoy the fruits of our farmers and our resident chef – Joe.
In health and gratitude,
Tom Cowan, M.D.
About a dozen years ago I heard a farmer present the results of his work on his decades-old biodynamic farm in Australia. He showed slides of the massive pit they had dug in which they laid dozens of cow horns filled with manure, which were used to “enliven” the fields. He shared how they made the biodynamic preparations that are at the heart of the biodynamic process. These preps stimulated calcium uptake by the plants, as well as root and fruit development, and others strengthened the plants against various diseases. But the main thing that stuck with me were the slides he showed of an insect on his farm that had been declared extinct a decade earlier.