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Cultured Cashew Eggnog Cocktail

egg nog
A cultured cocktail for the whole family…..
I made this dairy free eggnog for the first time this Christmas for my family and they all loved it.  The basic recipe can be enjoyed by the whole family and sometimes I add a splash of Cointreau to the big kids glasses.
My boy doesn’t like yoghurt, but he will drink my cultured eggnog in a heartbeat.

We also like to enjoy it as a quick breakfast entrée if we’re heading out early or meeting friends for brunch.

If you can’t get our cashew yoghurt, just substitute in any yoghurt to make your cultured eggnog.  Refer here for our stockists. Continue Reading →

Kombucha

Kombucha mother and scoby

Are you trying to be healthy and looking for natural alternative to soft drink, beer, or premix alcohol drinks that doesn’t break your diet/lifestyle commitments?  Kombucha might just be for you.  If you can boil water and make tea, you already have most of the skills required.  It’s that simple!!! Continue Reading →

Kefir Soda – Secondary Ferment

IMG_7284The possibility of flavours for the secondary ferment are endless. I experiment with different flavours all the time depending on what fruit I need to use up. If you’re going to use juice, consider using freshly pressed juice as store bought juice inferior in nutrition and usually contains preservatives. I’ve never used just juice as I prefer a milder fruit flavour from fruit pieces with a splash of lemon juice. Fresh citrus juice is easy to add as it doesn’t require you to drag out and wash the juicer every night. I do my kefir brewing every night after dinner. I do a dairy batch, primary water and seconday soda water in around 5 minutes, not much effort really for the reward. Continue Reading →

Water Kefir – Primary Ferment

Water Kefir - Primary FermentWater kefir is a traditional soda that is packed with probiotics. The probiotics in kefir are stronger than yoghurt. They are a symbiotic colony of yeast and bacteria working in harmony to aid digestion and take control of pathogens. Start slow on Kefir as you may have a die off reaction as the colony invades and takes over the pathogens. It’s worth pushing through die off as you’ll soon reap the benefits of a healthier gut. Kefir is easy to brew and kids love the bright fizzy drink. I always brew in two stages to keep grains pure and clean. As an added bonus I don’t have to pick fruit from the sieve or rinse the grains. The first ferment, the primary ferment is an aerobic ferment using the grains in straight sugar water. The grains are then sieved out, and started on another primary ferment. The kefir water is bottled and capped for a secondary anaerobic ferment with added fruit. The capping of the bottle creates the Fizz factor. You don’t have to cap if you prefer still. Continue Reading →

Dairy Kefir

Dairy Kefir
I love Dairy Kefir because it is so easy to make and so nourishing. Some people stop making yoghurt once they start kefir because of this. I make both to provide a more diverse range of beneficial bacteria in our diet. The probiotics in kefir are stronger than yoghurt. They are a symbiotic colony of yeast and bacteria working in harmony to aid digestion and take control of pathogens. Start slow on Kefir as you may have a die off reaction as the colony invades and takes over the pathogens. It’s worth pushing through die off as you’ll soon reap the benefits of a healthier gut. Continue Reading →