Summer time is the time for fresh vegetables all around. It's also a perfect time to sit back, enjoy the sun and relax with a nice, cold beverage and a little snack. How does some delicious and healthy kale chips sound? All you need is kale, some oil and salt. Super simple to make. A little bit of salt to season really brings out the flavour and aroma of the kale chips. This recipe will only consist of salt and pepper as seasoning as a basic version, but feel free to 'spice' it up with some garlic powder, paprika, dried herbs etc. You'll be finished with your bowl of kale chips before you know it!
Kale is a wonderful nutrient-dense vegetable. Low in calories and a fantastic source of vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin A, B6, C, K, folate, manganese and more. I promise you won't feel guilt from indulging and snacking on kale chips. If you can't finish the entire batch, store it in an airtight container and it will last 2-3 days. Enjoy!
Okra is a wonderful vegetable that is really simple to make, packed with nutrients and very delicious. Mind you, there is a slight slimy texture to it that I understand isn't necessarily for anybody, but for those who haven't tried it before, I highly do recommend that you do and see for yourself what the buzz is all about!
The first time I had okra was in Japan, where it was served tempura style (fried in a light batter) and served with a sweet tempura dipping sauce. There were no additional seasonings and it was surprisingly wonderful!
That experience inspired me to make okra in a simple, delicate manner without too much seasonings going on to bring out the fresh flavours of the vegetable. Slime-y, but fresh and delicious. It sounds a bit gross, but I really do enjoy it! Here is a really simple but delicious recipe for how I like okra. Enjoy!
After much procrastination, I have finally set out to grow my own SCOBY in hopes to brew some kombucha at home.
First, a little background information:
What is Kombucha?
Kombucha is a fermented tea that is usually a bit sweet, tangy and fizzy. Due to the fermentation process, kombucha is packed with probiotics that promotes a healthy intestinal system. Depending on the type of tea used, kombucha can be packed with other vitamins and minerals as well. There is a small percentage of alcohol produced as a result of the fermentation process, but it is usually a minuscule amount (less than 1%).
To produce kombucha, you will need to ferment either black or green tea with something that is called a 'SCOBY'. SCOBY is actually the acronym for Symbiotic Culture Of Bacteria and Yeast.
How do you grow your own SCOBY?
You can actually purchase your own SCOBY through online shops, or if a friend is making their own batch, you can kindly ask them to provide you with a piece of theirs from their Mother SCOBY. Another option is to grow your own from a bottle of store-bought kombucha.
Here lies instructions and pictures of part one of my first kombucha brewing adventure: growing my own SCOBY.
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