My complete home fermentation guide part two

Posted on July 2nd, 2015

I’ve been obsessively experimenting with fermenting projects at home for a while now. Did you have a go at making kombucha? Like the idea of glass jars brimful of bacteria filling up your kitchen and healing your gut? Look no further. Today, a compilation of my favourite fermented beverage recipes. (And here’s my favourite fermented veggie recipes, too…just to really keep everything in one place!)

Image via the primative kitchen

Creatively “pimped” kombucha

Kombucha. A few week’s back I shared my complete kombucha kit. Everyone’s favourite gut-health tonic, kombucha is easily made and you can have fun playing around with different flavour combinations, too. Read more

My complete home fermentation guide, part one

Posted on June 30th, 2015

Addicted to the thrill of fermenting projects filling up your kitchen? Today, I present you with everything you need to know about home fermentation. How-to guides, tips and tricks and fermenting recipes a-plenty.

Image via The Kitchn

1. To start you off. I’ve covered off the pros and cons on which fermenting starter is better, salt or whey?

2. Don’t have any whey lying around? Here’s my recipe for homemade (gut-friendly) cream cheese. It has Read more

Don’t Buy My Books

Posted on June 25th, 2015

What do you think of this?

It’s a message I’m trying on for size after seeing outdoor brand Patagonia give it a crack as part of their anti-consumerist campaign. Patagonia ran with the slogan “Don’t Buy This Jacket” a few years back as a series of print ads.

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The 2011 Ad.

The irony, of course, is that it translated as “Let’s Buy That Jacket” for many suitably inspired consumers and the company went on to experience double-digit growth. Patagonia is now running a repair campaign – Worn Wear – across the US. The company is promising to combat disposable consumerism by making products that last, and to repair, resell, or recycle them along the way. Consumers are then asked to be respectful consumers – buy only what they need and mend and recycle what they’ve got.

Face value, it’s valiant. Critics, of course, are saying it’s hypocritical because the concept is geared at growth. But I am heartened. Growth is not bad in itself. And it is possible to “consume” or purchase stuff that doesn’t waste resources. Plus, there is a possible future where manufacturers can get on board with us and give us what we want – fun, roundy-fonted branding and consumer experience that’s mindful and respectful and …less.

Actually, I’m quite exhilarated by it all. (What would take it that stupendous step further is if Patagonia staff Read more