• Fermented buckwheat bread

    If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you might be surprised to learn that my gluten-free sourdough starter is now languishing in neglect at the back of my fridge since I discovered fermented buckwheat bread (poor thing!).  Since making my first experimental loaf, I have baked only buckwheat bread, because not only is

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  • Homemade probiotic marmite!

    Over the past four years, we’ve ditched most of the instant (processed) foods from our kitchen but one condiment has managed to retain its presence on our pantry shelf all this time, basically because there’s just nothing else quite like it: vegemite. Personally, I could live without vegemite but the kids really, really like it. 

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  • Easy fermented radishes

    The past couple of weeks have passed by in a total blur, as we have sold our house in Hamilton East, moved ourselves across town to my father-in-law’s house, and then discovered that we (and he) have FAR too much stuff that we really don’t need.  When there’s not enough room, something’s got to go,

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  • Why we filter our water

    Last night, I can’t even remember how it all started, but I ended up in a heated argument at the dinner table with my father-in-law.  I do love and greatly respect my father-in-law but as similar as we are, we have very, VERY different views on some things.  This particular disagreement was about our differing

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  • Lacto-fermented porridge

    We have the same breakfast without fail every single morning.  There have been a couple of times when we’ve tried to jazz things up and eat something different like toast and eggs for breakfast, but pretty much the next day we would always go back to eating our firm family favourite: lacto-fermented porridge!  And then

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  • Why we quit milk

    I’ve been meaning to write about dairy for months, but my original intention was to write about why we were prepared to spend more on organic dairy.  Well, now we don’t drink milk anymore and we’ve cut out all dairy except for milk kefir and cultured butter from our family’s diet!  The old me wouldn’t have

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  • Hay fever!

    A few weeks’ ago I was really excited at the prospect of writing this post about hay fever because I planned to proclaim that for the first time in my adult life, I don’t have it!  No sneezing, no itchy dry eyes, no fuzzy head, no runny nose… nothing!  Unfortunately, after three plus weeks of wind,

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