Where I Work

My baby turned one year old last month, and marked the occasion by starting to walk. All the feelings! And now that he is one year old I am sometimes asked, “So, are you returning to work?” which is a complicated question, because of course we moved provinces between children and completely turned our professional lives upside down and I never did find work in … Continue reading Where I Work

A Community of Fermenters

When I started The Living Kitchen I had hoped that I would find people in our area who were interested in fermentation, and create a community. Fermentation has always belonged to the village, rather than an individual. This could be because shared work is sweeter or because no one needs 20 litres of sourdough starter all to themselves! Ultimately, the excitement of seeing your cultures … Continue reading A Community of Fermenters

Soaked Oats

When it’s January and I’m spending my evenings reading up on everything sourdough-related, I can’t help but get a nice carb-craving going. But carbs have such a bad rep these days: The gluten! The FODMAPs! Or perhaps you’re going Paleo or Keto for the new year? Carbs have few friends these days, it seems. Fortunately you can take steps to ensure that the grains you … Continue reading Soaked Oats

An App for That

I added three new cultures to my collection this year, bringing the total to seven! This has me planning new workshops for the coming year and learning as much as I can about how best to care for these little wonders. And of course, how best to enjoy them!     Keeping these three new cultures happy, in addition to my water kefir, milk kefir, … Continue reading An App for That

Still In Awe

This week I received two new cultures: Ginger Beer Plant and Viili Yogurt. These are two very different cultures needing very different care! When they arrived, I got right to work with the ginger beer plant; its package was puffed with CO2 from its time in transit, and it was eager for fresh nourishment. I had waited two weeks for these cultures to cross the … Continue reading Still In Awe

Kefirko Kits

When I started fermenting, I did all I could to make it simple and inexpensive. I salvaged jars from the recycling bin and produce from the discount rack; never would I have considered purchasing specialized equipment for my food adventures. Fast forward to today, and I have changed my tune. Kefirko is based in Slovenia and got its start through Kickstarter. It has grown in … Continue reading Kefirko Kits

Reflecting on: Prices and Fees

This is the area I have struggled with the most, since starting The Living Kitchen. Part of the problem is that fermentation (though certainly rising in popularity) is still somewhat niche. Finding comparable services and products is tricky, especially since fermentation is applicable to so many different services – from naturopaths to chefs! I also tend to undervalue my own services, assuming that since this … Continue reading Reflecting on: Prices and Fees