Fermenting and Sprouting Workshops

$55 / person. To book for my October workshop please add your email (NOT your name) here.

Along with sourdough bread making, fermenting and sprouting are ancient crafts being now recognised for their health-giving properties and simple preparations.

Whether you want to stay healthy, regain vitality or are unwell, fermenting and sprouting will help you. These simple, ancient methods of preparing vegetables, nuts, pulses, seeds and dairy are still an integral part of the diet of most people in Asia, Europe and South America. Fermented foods improve digestion and add digestive enzymes that are lacking in many people’s diets. Ferments are easily created in your kitchen with ingredients you will already have at hand. Come and learn how to take charge of your gut, your health and your brain, by making simple, delicious foods for daily life.

Various ferments

Various ferments

Left, pickled radishes. Right, making pickled zucchinis.

Left, pickled radishes. Right, making pickled zucchinis.

Sprouted red lentils and a slice of sourdough in a bowl of slow-cooked baked beans.

Sprouted red lentils and a slice of sourdough in a bowl of slow-cooked baked beans.

Hand in hand with fermented foods, sprouted grains and seeds can easily be added to your diet. Freshly sprouted in your home, they provide a bounty of nutrients. Let me introduce you to my easy, foolproof sprouting method.

There are always plenty of samples for you to try in my workshops and you will be delighted to discover that such beautiful flavours can add such vitality to your body and spring to your step!

The table in my workshop bursting with food for participants to try!

The table in my workshop bursting with food for participants to try!

Workshop dates advertised on the home page.  Alternatively, to be on my newsletter list, please send me your email address. Newsletters are sent fortnightly.

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A Ripper of a Newsletter!

My favourite recipes for beans, spice oils, health and happiness! Another newsletter packed with information because I love what I do!

Read it here.beans at market in India

September Sourdough and Cultured Butter Workshop

The July workshop was a hoot; the 9 participants were such fun and came from far and wide. We sorted out all the challenges, from baking in a wood oven to how to make sourdough in Darwin!

The September workshop date is Friday, Sept. 9th, 7pm – 8.30pm and Sat., Sept. 10th, 8.30am – 10am. You must come to both sessions.

To read about my sourdough workshops, click here. For bookings of the September workshop click here. To book, add your EMAIL (NOT your name, even if I know you) now.

1-DSC_0003$55, Total bargain!

Gin and Tonic…. revolution!

Many people, including me, love a gin and tonic now and again, especially with Tasmanian made gin, but there’s a revolution happening that is turning this drink on its head!

Gin is a spirit which derives its predominant flavour from juniper berries (Juniperus communis). And I love adding a squeeze of lime to it, with tonic water.

From its earliest origins in the Middle Ages, gin has evolved from a herbal medicine to an object of commerce in the spirits industry. Gin was developed on the basis of the older word for juniper, ‘jenever’, and became popular in Great Britain when William of Orange, leader of the Dutch Republic, occupied the English, Scottish and Irish thrones with his wife Mary. Gin is one of the broadest categories of spirits, represented by products of various origins, styles, and flavour profiles that all revolve around juniper as a common ingredient

So, in order to revolutionise gin and tonic, we can now add a few drops of juniper essential oil and lime essential oil to good tonic water and we have a non-alcoholic health drink with the natural flavour of g & t!

Juniper was and is frequently used to support healthy kidney and urinary function, problematic skin and the digestive system, as well as helping to relieve tension and stress. It can also be used to support cleansing and detoxifying. Juniper berry essential oil is a steam-distilled oil from the berries and needles of the juniper plant. The best oils are sourced from Bulgaria, their indigenous region, and take a full THREE years to ripen to maturity.

Pure lime oil (Citrus aurantifolia) is a compound created by cold-pressing the peel of a lime and collecting the oil, much like the process of pressing olives for oil. It is most commonly used as a powerful antioxidant that supports healthy immune function, an internal cleanser and for its ability to positively affect mood with its stimulating and refreshing properties.

 

Juniper, lime and tonic