Turmeric latte..delicous or not

On one of my latest trips to Queensland, whilst being out and about I was delighted to see the amount of Turmeric Lattes now available at Cafes dotted around Broadbeach. Have you tried one?

Made properly it is such a delicous, nutritious and healthy drink…..a fabulous alternative to drinking coffee. Now, Im not saying to give up your morning coffee, even though I rarely drink coffee, it was suggested to me that it is not good for my leaky gut or my adrenal fatigue. Im always on the look out for other alternative hot drinks you can have when you are out and about or being social with friends.

Some of my favourite drinks would have to be dandelion tea, have you tried it? It is quiet bitter but fabulous for the liver and such a great substitute for coffee. If you are using the tea bags it is so strong that I usually get two cups out of the one bag!

Topped with some freshly made almond milk or a blend of coconut and almond, it is just heaven.

Back to the turmeric…I have created a fabulous blend, all organic, to the best of my knowledge. Including turmeric, ginger, cardamom, caynne pepper, cinnamon and of course the all important black pepper.

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Turmeric powder has so many amazing properties it contains antioxidants and is anti- inflammatory compounds which are perfect for your body.The reason we add freshly ground black pepper is so that it can help enhance the absorption of the curcumin into the body, curcumin is the naturally occurring compound in the turmericIMG_20170520_181606_139 that helps ease symptoms of inflamation. Turmeric is also well know to treat emotional issues such as depression and anxiety, it appears to elevate neurotransmitters such as serotonin and may also lower the stress hormone cortisol.

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If IMG_20170320_192802_788you need to add a little bit of sweetness you can always add, stevia,maple syrup, honey. I find that if the Turmeric blend is balanced right with the amount of turmeric,pepper and cinnamon, then you may not need to add a sweetener. Also another trick is to add the richness of coconut cream to the almond milk  or you can actually purchase from one of the super markets a blend of the two already made up. One of the main reasons for adding the coconut milk to the latte is for the fat in the coconut milk.  It helps your body absorb the turmeric and the other benefit is the natural sweetness and pure deliciousness  of the coconut milk, it is a wonderful balance.

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We are now offering these little packs of goodness for you to buy. They are available at the markets in and around Canberra, ACT. We are at the Epic Farmers markets 7.30-11.30 on a Saturday morning and Southside Farmers markets in Woden, ACT on Sunday mornings 7.30-11.30. We also pop up at other markets in and around Canberra depending on what is happening.

You can find out which markets or events will be each month by following me on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/giftofourearth/?ref=bookmarks

Enjoying your fabulous Turmeric Latte and look forward to chatting to you soon.

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

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