Guess who is going to Handmade this coming weekend…..

 

You guess it …Gift Of Our Earth is going to be at Handmade this coming weekend. She says with a little squeal of excitement.!

In case you don’t know where to go, it is at Epic Exhibition Park in Canberra, ACT. It is a two day event, June 10 and 11 from 10 am – 4pm, parking and entry is free. Each year there are four events held but this is the first time that Gift of Our Earth is going, which is why I am a little bit excited. It is an indoor event created to showcase and support Australian designers and creators of beautful things.

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Gift of Our Earth will have all things fermented and probiotic…Kombucha Starter Kits, Jun Tea Starter Kits and Milk Kefir Kits available…each box will have all of the goodies you will need to create fabulous probiotics drinks.

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We have been busy making delicous sauerkrauts and KimChi…now available in 250 grms and as my customers have asked for a new size of 500 grms!!!

And last but not least a fabulous new product to be launched on the weekend…Organic Chai Latte mix. This is a blend of Turmeric, cinnamon, clove, ginger, black pepper, star aniseed and cardamom..just to name a few of my favourite spices. These we will available in 70 grm packets, which will make approximately 18 serves or a two pack where you can purchase the Organic Turmeric Latte and the new Organic Chai Turmeric mix together in one pack.If you don’t know where to go or haven’t been to the Canberra handmade market before here is the link to their beautiful website      http://http://handmadecanberra.com.au/

One more sleep to go before the fun starts….oh and did i mention that we have also been invited to a special VIP event tomorrow night, I am sooooo excited. I will try to take lots of photographs of the weekend.

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Please come and say HELLO as I love meeting all of our friends and new customers.

Angela XX

Old Bus Depot Markets in Canberra

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It is with great delight that I can  now share with you that Gift of Our Earth is now up and trading at the Old Bus Depot markets in Canberra. The markets are on every weekend trading hours are 10 –4pm on Sundays.

The link for their website is here http://obdm.com.au/

you can follow them on Facebook and see what markets they are running, they have a lot of differnt styles of events including fashion, International days, Collectable Sundays, Retro and of course beautiful food events.

 

old bus depot markets in Canberra

old bus depot markets in Canberra

old bus depot markets in Canberra

Gift of Our Earth are here to answer all of your gut health issues and help you support your digestive issues with our products.  If you are not sure which flavour you prefer then I will always offer you a nice cold and refreshing sample first. Each markets is diferent and i will be adding different flavours depending on what fruits are in season. This week we had plain Kombucha ( always a favourite), raspberry water kefir and I had fun experimenting with organic strawberries and peaches….yummmmooooo.

Thank you Canberra for all of your support, it has just been amazing. Look forward to meeting and chatting with everyone next weekend.

 

Angela XX

What is milk kefir….

 

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Many of you many know that I float between  eating as a vegetarian and some days eating as a vegan and then some days raw and some days a combination of all three.

I have also been using many fermented foods in my diet for years but I was recently sent down the path of discovering that I have Leaky gut (and a few other issues from a life time of taking heavy pain killers and pharmaceuticals for my chronic back pain.)

I have had to clean up my diet even more to cut out sugar, gluten, dairy, caffeine and alcohol…..there a few that are so easy and one that is a little hard, I will let you guess which one is the hardest.!!

So this journey lead me down the path of discovering the health benefits of milk kefir…have you ever tried it?

To start with you must purchase some milk kefir grains or find a friend who uses the grains, you can purchase them from me if you wish, just leave a comment below. Kefir grains are a living culture, they are a combination of bacteria and yeast existing in a symbiotic colony and clumped together with casein and complex sugars. They look like little pieces of chopped up cauliflower.

To make the milk kefir you need some full fat organic milk and then you add your grains to the milk, leave your jar out of the refrigerator and cover with a cloth, leave for 12–48 hours depending on the temperature or the consistency you are after. If you strain the kefir off after 12 hours it should resemble runny yoghurt and slightly effervescent.

If you leave the kefir for a longer period of time you will see the kefir will separate into solids and whey, as this is now a fermented drink you can use both the whey and the solids in cooking, cheese making and many other amazing dishes.

After you have waited the desired amount of time you must strain off the milk and repeat the process. Use a plastic sieve and a wooden spoon and slowly and gently sieve the milk mixture off the grains,trying not to break up the grains too much. Find a clean glass jar and pour you milk in, put as much milk as you think you will drink over the next couple of days, I like to make my milk kefir every second day so I only make 1-2 cups of milk. You don’t need to rinse the grains before adding them to your next batch, if you decide you do want to give them a quick rinse don’t wash them in hot water or water with chlorine as it will kill them. If you are going away on holidays or you just want a break you can pop your grains in milk into the refrigerator and they will go to sleep ,they should last for a couple of weeks.

Now the fun begins, deciding what you are going to do with your probiotic drink….you can drink it as is, you can add it to a smoothie, you can pour if over a fresh fruit salad, make cheeses or drizzling it on the top of a soup with a handful of chives…..perfect.

Kefir is much more beneficial then mainstream yoghurt, kefir has 35 different strains of bacteria and yeasts, most yoghurt only provide prebiotics. Kefir is great for boosting your immune system and the fermenting process creates lactic acid which helps to heal and sooth our gut lining, it is also rich in many vitamins and minerals.

I hope you have fun experimenting with your kefir and playing with fermented foods.

Angela XX

What is Jun Tea..?

Jun tea is a wonderful fermented probiotic health drink, a little similar to Kombucha. Like Kombucha the Jun needs a SCOBY, a symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast.

The most exciting bit about Jun tea is that is made with green tea and honey. You must make sure you have the right scoby, you cant have Kombucha scoby and make Jun tea….the cultures have learnt to feed off the right types of sugars. Jun tea is slighty softer in flavour, lighter in colour and more effervescent than Kombucha.

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One of the things that I love about Jun is that it has has shorter fermenting time than Kombucha, Jun usually takes about 3-4 days, depending on the temperature of course. That why I love fermenting Kombucha, Jun and Water Kefir…yes it is like the mad scientists house at our house…down in the laboratory…..scobys everywhere.

Another comparison between the two is that the Jun has less caffeine in the finished tea, as the scoby will eat and feeds off the honey and the caffeine. Jun tea is a great source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Jun is also a natural probiotic which can help with digestive health and of course gut health and is a fabulous source of organic acids. As Grandma  once upon a time would always have lemon juice in water, drinking Jun tea has also become part of our health culture today. When you drink the Jun tea you are drinking organic acids that have a alkalizing effect on the body and can help balance the ph on the body, just like the lemon juice does!

Ingredients

4 teaspoon green tea
1/2 cup organic honey
2  litres of fresh filtered water                                                                                                                                                                                                            1 Jun scoby and half a cup of starter

Method

Boil the water and and the green tea, let it steep for 10 minutes then add the honey and stir until combined. Leave the tea until it is cool, as with all fermented teas this part is important as heat will kill a scoby, so your tea must be cool and not hot. Add the scoby and starter mix to the tea.

place a cloth or tea towel over the top of the jar and place on the bench out of direct sunlight. Set and forget, you can sample it around day 3 and using a straw taste the tea and if it is to your liking you are ready to bottle you Jun tea.

I am happy to answer any questions you may have about this wonderful healthy giftofourearth@gmail.com

Once you have bottled your Jun tea you can place it in the refrigerator to stop the fermenting process. You should try and consume at least one or more cups of this fabulous drink a day to help with that all important gut health, and then you experiment with double ferments!!!

Cheers

Angela xx

A great drink for your gut health…Kombucha

 

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I’ve only recently started making this fabulous health drink – Kombucha. 

Kombucha has many health benefits.   It’s an ancient fermented tea beverage that is naturally carbonated and full of amazing probiotics and vitamins.  One of Kombucha’s main health benefits is its ability to detox the body, as it is rich in many enzymes and
bacterial acids that your body naturally produces or uses during a detox.

When Kombucha is regularly consumed it also has an anti-inflammatory effect, great for acne, fatigue, hypertension, arthritis and general good health.

 

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Kombucha is really easy to make at home as it’s basically made form organic black tea and sugar.

You can use white sugar – but obviously organic is best.    Try to keep things organic as obviously this is a health drink so try to keep things pure to best meet your body’s needs.

The only other thing you will need is what’s called a ‘scoby’.  A scoby (or mother) are used  as they have the ability to reproduce.    A scoby is symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast. 
You can now purchase these scoby’s directly from me by emailing giftorourearth@gmail.com

The fermenting process usually takes between 7 – 10 days during which time a new culture will be created from the original scoby.   You can either leave this in your container or share it with a friend.

RECIPE

1 litre of filtered water
¼ cup organic sugar
2 tsp organic black tea
1 scoby (or mother culture)
And you need ½ cup of pre made Kombucha

METHOD

Add sugar to glass container.  Boil filtered water and add to sugar.  Add in 2 tsp organic black tea.     Allow to cool well as you don’t want to kill the new bacteria.    Strain to remove tea leaves (or you can use tea bags),   Now you add your scoby and ½ cup pre made Kombucha.   Cover the glass jar with a tea towel, paper towel, muslin cloth and allow to sit for 7-10 days.

Around the 7 day mark start testing it.  A great way to do this is to dip a straw into the drink & have a sip.  If it’s super sweet, then you know you need to leave it a bit longer, as the aim of the game is for it not to be over sweet as we need the bacteria to eat up the sugar.   It should taste slightly vinegary. 

Now you need to take out the scoby, reserve ½ cup of liquid and pour your Kombucha into a glass bottle and refrigerate.   Then you just repeat the whole process.

For therapeutic use it’s recommended to drink about ½ cup a day.   But if you are new to this, or have sensitivities or gut issues it may be wise to start with less & build up.

There are many fabulous & exciting ways to use Kombucha.  You can combine it in your cooking, use it for soaking & fermenting grains, wash your hair with it, make it into salad dressing. 

 

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Have fun experimenting with your Kombucha and share with me some of your recipes.

Angela XX

Water Kefir….. a healthy drink

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Have you heard of water kefir?

Water kefir came into our lives a many years ago , when I first tried this unusual drink  was a semi flat flavoured drink that I didnt particularly like the flavour of, a bit like vomit really..well thats what I remember.  One year later I was staying on the  Gold Coast with a friend and she said…..would you like to try some of my water kefir?…oh no thats fine …I said… Im not sure that I like it. She went to the fridge and opened a green wine bottle and as she turned the lid it fizzed. Wow…….a little early in the morning for bubbles  I said….…No this is the water kefir!, and now would you like to try it?

Well my addiction started from that moment on, as I am partial to a few bubbles. I had learnt from my friend that she always did a second fermentation with the kefir and my friend had only ever done the first ferment as she didn’t really like bubbles.

So what is water kefir and why is it so fabulous for us I hear you ask….

Water kefir is is made from kefir grains, little gelatinous looking and yeast cultures made up of strains of healthy bacteria. These little grains live in a symbiotic relationship together. Also found in the water kefir are vitamin B, vitamin K, folic acid , potasium , magnesium and phophorus. These grains are living and if you treat them bad they will not survive. They like to be fed regularly and looked after in a nice warmish environment. If this is done they will constantly feed you and your family with amazing beautful refreshing bubbly drinks.

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Each batch of water kefir contains different strains of healthy probiotic bacteria.  You can make the water kefir by adding organic sugar to water and those tiny little grains go straight to work and eat up all that sugar creating lots of bubbles and hence carbonation . So there is no need to be frightened of the amount of sugar that goes into the water. There are many health  reasons to drink water kefir, some include aiding your digestion,skin issues, contribute to a healthy immune system, helps reduce inflamation in the body the list goes on…Google the health benefits of drinking water kefir, you will be amazed.

You can have your water kefir as a natural flavour( straight from the first ferment ) or as I found out you can make it extra delicous by making a second ferment and adding aditional flavours. You can use fruit juices, coconut water and diferent types of sugars. Which all go together to produce a fabulous fermented bubbly drink for you and your family to share.

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Stay tuned for my next post as I will explain the….How To ….and a couple of my favourite recipes and ….Where ….you can purchase the grains from…….from me of course.

Angela xx