DIARY OF A CHEF AT HOME
a collection of holistic nutrition tips & tricks, plus many of Food on the Table's favourite recipes
Have you tried switchel yet? If not, I highly recommend it. It's a beverage that you may or may not have heard of. If you haven't, you likely will soon as it makes its well deserved comeback. Switchel may have roots in the Caribbean, which eventually made its way up into the Southern US states more than a few centuries ago.
Beet Kvass is a beverage that I make from time to time. It's flavour is slightly salty, sour and tangy, with earthy notes. This nourishing, grounding and nutrient-rich drink makes my belly nice and warm. You know that feeling when you drink a lacto-fermented beverage (sauerkraut or kefir) and you get that warm fuzzy feeling inside? You can actually feel it doing something good in your body. I like consuming food/beverages that do that :)
Have I told you how much I love fermented foods? And I'm not talking about the Bick's Pickles or Sauerkraut that you'd find on the shelf of a supermarket that's been sitting there for who knows how long. I'm talking about real, traditional, lacto-fermented food and beverages that are teaming with bacteria (the good kind), lactic acids, vitamins, minerals and all the other good stuff.
My son's been asking me to make pickled carrots for about a month. I finally made them and honestly, I don't know why it took me so long. Life I guess. But, these literally take about 10 minutes to prep and 3-7 days to ferment.
The holidays can leave many of us feeling a bit off track when it comes to the foods we eat. With the onslaught of parties, dinners, late nights, excessive sweets and increased alcohol consumption, it might leave us feeling heavier, sluggish, lower energy and feeding into a sugar addiction.
This guacomole dish has an extra special tangy kick from the delicious tomatillo (which by the way are not tomatoes). They're grown on a plant that looks very similar to tomatoes. They have a papery husk on the outside and a sticky residue around the fruit.
As mid summer approaches many of us here on the West Coast will start to see our beautiful tomatoes start to ripen! 'Tis a happy moment when I go out to my backyard and pick a plump, juicy, sweet n' delicious tomato right off the vine! That's summertime right there.
Have you heard of Switchel? If not...here you go and I'll bet you'll be hearing or tasting more of it in the near future. This delicious drink is making a comeback, much like Kombucha. Other names for this refreshing drink are Swizzle, Ginger Water and Haymaker’s Punch. Switchel’s been around for several hundred years and may have roots in the Caribbean, making it's way to southern & eastern states in the US in the late 1700's.
One of my great joys in life is cooking! As a Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN) & food lover I continue to explore the balance between healthy, traditional food preparation and tasty dishes.
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