The Yin and Yang of Fermenting

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The Yin and Yang of Fermenting

I’ve had reason to ponder the messiness of life at the moment and am learning to see it from a new vantage point. This happens periodically as a new perspective is presented to me. Over the years I have taken a journey that has shown me how opposites can be complementary. That the harmony and balance in my life changes with time as my perspective shifts and I now appreciate how interdependent these opposites are. I must have the chaos to feel the calm!

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Fermenting in real time dynamics

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Fermenting in real time dynamics

The start of a new year can offer opportunities and challenges. I’ve experienced both in these last few months which has led to having to work with changing dynamics with our SCOBY’s and ferments.

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Connections and holiday musings

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Connections and holiday musings


Well the New Year is well and truly underway but I’m still glowing from our recent family trip to the Northern Hemisphere winter. It was my first, and I loved the cold…..once I was dressed for it! It was a veritable adventure, discovering familiar and new ferments while catching up with old friends and making new ones.

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Water Kefir: Drinking your microbes with flavour, colour and bubbles!

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Water Kefir: Drinking your microbes with flavour, colour and bubbles!

We underestimate the impact that our micobiome has on our lives. We are so outnumbered by the microbial DNA in and on our bodies, compared to our cellular DNA but we, generally speaking, don’t respect the positive relationship they largely bring to our lives! Proportionally speaking, the bad bacteria are a small proportion of the mix I refer to. We need to incorporate and rebuild this diverse ecosystem of microbes in us and on us!

We’ve previously discussed how other ferments do this but have yet to introduce water kefir, so here she is in all her beauty and ferocity.

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Kombucha: So what’s all the fuss about fermented tea?

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Kombucha: So what’s all the fuss about fermented tea?

So what is Kombucha?

Kombucha is an ancient fermented beverage that has grown dramatically in popularity in recent years, to the point where you can now find it in cafes and supermarkets rather than just health food or organic stores. Due to its long history, it has been known by many names such as the Immortal Health Elixir, Elixir of Youth, Manchurian tea, Tea Kvass, Mushroom tea and Booch.

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Let’s get started – with Sauerkraut!

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Let’s get started – with Sauerkraut!

When starting out on the path of fermenting foods, an easy place to begin is with cultured vegetables, particularly sauerkraut. There is so much variety and you can start with something very simple and diversify from there, using: colours, textures, herbs, spices as well as incorporating new vegetables as they come into season.

There are countless variations in recipes and you can have fun in the kitchen creating your own variations once you feel comfortable with the basics...

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What is the fermenting hype?

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What is the fermenting hype?

So what's all the hype about fermenting? Is it an old form of preservation and preparation or a new trend? The bottom line is it's both! 

To ferment at home is to open up a world of adventure, reconnection and vitality

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