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

Summer Reading

With two small people on the go, I haven’t had much time for my summer reading list. But when I do read, it is often on the topic of food history – even better, Canadian food history. I suppose this makes sense, given my love of fermented foods; this method has sustained human nutrition throughout recorded time! Lately I have been working my way through … Continue reading Summer Reading

Milk Kefir

So far this week, four people have spoken with me about milk kefir – and all have different reasons for being drawn to this tart but creamy drink. One person was trying to heal their chronic digestive woes, another was recovering from chemotherapy, another wanted to kick their sugar habit, and the fourth was my preschooler who loves it on his oatmeal. I started making … Continue reading Milk Kefir