Chiles in Escabeche

Escabeche has a fascinating history. The word originally comes from the Persian al-sikbaj, literally meaning “vinegar food”. After mingling with the Spanish, it eventually became part of the Spanish and …

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 …

Red Miso (Akamiso)

Miso is a bean paste made by mixing beans (soybeans traditionally), salt, and koji, a grain (usually rice) which has been inoculated and fermented with a mold, Aspergillus Oryzae. The flavor and …

Chinese Sauerkraut (Suan Cai)

Chinese sauerkraut dates back almost 5,000 years! Traditional varieties are made with Chinese (Napa) cabbage or mustard cabbage (gai choy). I consider this recipe to be a hybrid of sauerkraut …

Kimchi (Napa Cabbage) 김치

Kimchi originates from Korea, and roughly means “salted vegetable.” There are hundreds of ways to make it, offering an unlimited canvas on which to paint different flavors. Use any crunchy …

Water Kefir

Water kefir is a fizzy fermented beverage made by adding a water kefir culture (also known as WK or tibicos) to a sugar-water mixture. The culture is a symbiotic colony of …

Cultured Coconut “Yogurt”

Fiendishly simple, this fluffy vegan coconut cream based “yogurt” uses water kefir (tibicos) as the fermentation agent. It creates a light, fluffy (almost like whipped cream), effervescent texture, and a …