Old Bus Depot Markets in Canberra

old bus depot markets in Canberra

 

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

How to make water kefir…

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Don’t you just love these close up pictures of these little grains of goodness….how exciting that you can make a probiotic drink for you and your family to have when ever you feel like it.

To make the water kefir you will need to by some water kefir grains from someone or be given some by your friends. Be aware that there are two types of grains one is for milk and one for water, I actually use both but the grains I am talking about today are…. water grains. If you would like me to post you some you can email me at giftofourearth@gmail.com and we can work out the postage and price ( for delivery in Australia only )

 

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Things you will need…

 

One glass jar, with or without a lid. You can cover with cheesecloth or a coffee filter.

A wooden or plastic spoon ( don’t use anything metal..the grains don’t like it)

A large rubber band if you are using a cloth or paper filter.

One litre of good water, not chlorinated or with fluoride  ( rain water is perfect)

Half a cup of organic raw sugar, if possible.

Organic dried fruit..I use dried figs or sultanas. A slice of lemon and a pinch of celtic sea salt.

 

How to make the kefir…….

 

Some people dissolve the sugar in the water first, maybe Im lazy……I skip that step. Make sure your glass jar is clean and no soap residue from washing up. Swish it with some extra hot water just before you start. Put the sugar in your jar and add your cold water, give it a little stir to mix it up. Place in your grains, treat the grains with love as they are soft and breakable.

Add in your dried fruit and piece of lemon and pinch of salt. Cover the jar with your lid, cloth or paper filter and leave the jar in a warm area of your kitchen, not in direct sunlight.

Depending on the temperature, whether it is summer or winter will determine how fast your drink will take. You can always have a little sip and see if you like the flavour. Some people will strain off the water after this time and you can drink it straight away but I am  bubbles girl and always do a second ferment. When you strain off the water throw out the dried fruit..well feed it to the chickens or pop it in the compost bin. Bottle the water,use new bottles if you wish or you have friend s that drink wine get them to keep the empty bottle with the lids. This is the time when you can be as creative as your heart desires…you can add more dried fruit, slices of fresh fruit, fruit juices or combinations of all of the above.

Place the bottles with a tight fitting lid on the bench for a day or two, yet again depending on the warmth of your kitchen and time of year. After the second ferment I place the bottles into the refrigerator to slow down the fermenting process. Be careful when you open the bottles as some fruit juices can make an extra bubbly drink, you can always check and “burp” the bottles before placing them in the refrigerator.

Then you go back to the start and do it all over again. If you are getting tried of making the kefir or you are going away you can place them in the refrigerator, with some extra sugar and they will survive for a couple of weeks.

Once you have a system going its great to share this wonderful probiotic drink with your family and friends and there bodies will love you for ever. We used to drink a lot of soda water ( that we made ourselves ) now our we have a huge selection of organic healthy drinks that are so nourishing, its such a lovely feeling when you can share the things you make with the people who mean the most to you.

 

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Please if you have any questions on how to make water kefir I will be only to happy to help, just contact me through the email link above.

 

Cheers and good health.

 

Angela xx