I’ve decided to try my hand at fermenting tea this week! It’ll be 4 to six weeks before this batch, my first, is ready to bottle up and drink, but I’ll be documenting the progress of the project here as the weeks go on.
Kombucha is a fermented tea beverage made using a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast, otherwise known as a ‘SCOBY’. It’s been around for centuries but it’s exact history is a bit foggy. No matter which sources I go to – they all say something different about it’s origin and spread. Most likely first consumed in China in about 212 BC, and from there spreading to Korea, Japan, and later India, Russia, Germany, the rest of Europe and North America. One thing’s for certain : this bevy is off-the-charts popular with your local health food store goers. It’s all the rage. Much has been said about it’s health…
I am a believer that the best gifts are ones that are given from the heart. I just love the look on my loved ones faces when they open up a gift that I have crafted with my own two hands, it makes all of the hard work worth it. As a child I spent a lot of time working on different projects with my Grandma and now I can pass down all of the knowledge and creativity to my kids. These hand print keepsakes I did with my daughter this year got the best reactions that just filled me with joy.
A lot of people are switching to cornstarch and baking soda for doing this because it looks better than salt dough but I personally think salt dough looks amazing once it’s painted. And lets face it salt dough is way cheaper than the other method.
Gluten is a type of protein commonly found in cereals, grains and wheat. It also features heavily in processed food and ready meals as gluten helps keeps the ingredients ‘bound’ together. Diets high in gluten (bread, wheat etc) can cause bloating, fatigue and can exacerbate conditions like IBS. By cutting down on refined foods and switching to gluten free options you can help maintain a healthy digestive system & still enjoy your favourite foods.
Gluten Free Victoria Sponge Cake
225g rice flour
2tsp baking powder
225g caster sugar
4 free range eggs
225g soft butter
2tsp vanilla extract
Put all the ingredients into a large mixing bowl and whisk for 2 minutes with a hand-held blender until the mixture is light and fluffy.
Add 2 tablespoons of boiling water and whisk again until the mixture is combined & even fluffier.
Pour the cake mixture into greased baking tins and…