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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Hot Cereal (Porridge)

  Traditional cultures knew that to properly access all the nutrition in grains, soaking or fermenting was necessary. Fermenting seeds, nuts and grains makes them more digestible and unlocks minerals …

Strawberry Sauerkraut

Ever-searching for ways to eat more strawberries, I was intrigued by Sandor Katz’s suggestion to use dried fruits in sauerkraut. Why dehydrate berries instead of using them fresh? Fruits, which are …