Cultured Guacamole

Guacamole is a flavorful, nutrient-dense treat that’s also highly perishable. The high (mostly monounsaturated) fat content of avocados means it goes rancid quickly. While perfectly fine fresh (not-fermented), you can …

Loquat Jam

I’m lucky enough to have a mature, 25-foot tall loquat (Eriobotrya japonica) tree in my yard (no, not kumquat). The tree’s leaves have medicinal properties (easily made into a tea). …

Natto

Natto spelled nattō (納豆) is a Japanese cultured soybean dish. It is made with the help of a bacterial culture, namely Bacillus subtilis var natto. The bacteria create a stringy …

Spicy Radish Kimchi (Kkakdugi)

In my never-ending quest to become more familiar with kimchi, I tried a simple recipe. This classic style of kimchi is made with spicy paste and cubed daikon radish for …

Three Pepper Relish

In warm weather, fresh chile peppers ferment quite quickly and easily. This 3-day hot relish recipe is made from three kinds of peppers: Antohi (a mild pepper with about 1000 on the …

Miso Soup

One of the quintessential Japanese flavor enhancers, miso paste, plays a prominent role in this classic simple soup. Ichiban dashi (first stock) is the light, flavor-rich broth made from kelp …

Milk Kefir

Milk kefir (pronounced keh-FEER, or KEE-fur, I’ve even heard it as KEFF-er) is made with the help of a colony of bacteria and yeasts (aka a SCOBY) which is organized …

All About Kombucha

What is kombucha? Kombucha (kahm-BOO-chuh) is a fermented tea drink that probably originated in ancient China over two thousand years ago. The active culture which transforms the tea into kombucha is …