We use the creating cycle of the elements for this method of cooking. The order of the five elements in the creating cycle is in accordance to the natural rhythm of all living processes.
To cook in the cycle we have to add the ingredients according to its elements. Just start with whatever element you like and go on adding the ingredients in the order of the productive cycle. To make a tomato sauce i.e. you would heat up some oil (earth), than add metal (garlic) , then water (salt), wood (tomato) and fire (oregano). It does not matter, if you put only one ingredient of each element or more. The element of the last ingredient added to the meal, gives even more Qi than the rest.
You can prepare each and every dish according to this principle. Just use your food table to check, to which element which food belongs to.