• My complete home fermentation guide, part one 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. 1. To start you off. I’ve covered off the pros and cons on which fermenting starter is better, salt or whey? 2. more
  • Don’t Buy My Books 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. The irony, of course, is that it translated as more
  • The best hiking and eating trips in Europe In tribute to the Northern Hemisphere summer happening right now: my slow food and hiking guides to Europe, all in one place. I’ve said before, if I get 100 people to leave their comfort zone and get out of the city to move and eat real food in regional areas…well, I will die in peace more
  • I’m taking requests…hit me up.  While I’m out of here, would you mind telling me what you want from this site in my “new year” (when I get back). This is not an idle call out that’s secretly geared at “including the community” and “crowd sourcing”. I actually need some interesting insights to come home to. 1. What bits of the more
  • Your complete kombucha-making kit You’ve probably heard of kombucha by now, the fizzy, fermented, gut-healing tea. If you haven’t had a go at making it yet, here’s my complete DIY guide to everyone’s favourite gut health tonic. It’s simple, cheap and you can get creative with flavour combinations. I bring some unique tricks to my kombucha approach, too, you’ll more
  • My fructose-free kombucha recipe In my first kombucha recipe, one of the concerns some of you had was the use of sugar to feed the yeast and bacteria. As I pointed out, very little sugar is left behind. But if you’re drinking a few nips of the stuff per day, it can add up to several teaspoons. So I gave more
  • I’m out of here for a while…to shake things up. It’s a polite thing to do, to let friends know when you’re taking off for a bit and ceasing communication. So, as a head’s up, I won’t be posting as regularly for a bit as I’m taking off for five weeks. I don’t feel I need to say why and where. In fact, that’s kind more
  • The importance of a moral struggle against yourself David Brooks is one of my preferred writers. I’m currently reading his new book, The Road To Character, which chronicles his attempt to cultivate a deeper character, mostly by looking into what he calls “eulogy virtues”, the stuff you want your loved ones to say about you when you cark it, as opposed to your CV virtues. Brooks has more
  • My favourite ways to have people leave me alone, via email I like to collate these ideas and try them out from time to time. As I say often, where once professional success rested in an ability to accumulate information (research, data collate etc), now it’s firmly rooted in an ability to block it.  I say this, too: Where once life balance boundaries were delineated for us (via 9-5 more
  • You’ve been eating your turmeric all wrong! I’ve praised Turmeric before, the sweet salve to an inflamed, autoimmune, gut-compromised soul. It’s been used for yonks in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine for digestive issues, inflammation, joint pain and blood purification. But with turmeric, it’s all about the curcumin…the bioactive ingredient in this golden root. And with curcumin, there are totally ineffective ways of eating it…and more