HOW TO MAKE SEITAN: The Ultimate Recipe

  Seitan is also called wheat meat or gluten meat and is considered by some to be an incredibly versatile and protein-rich alternative to meat. Personally I prefer to think of Seitan as a food in its own, in fact it could also be integrated in preparations that are not necessarily vegan. The proteins of which it is rich derive from gluten. Gluten is a complex protein that appears in foods processed from wheat and related species, including barley and rye. Wheat gluten is not digestible at its raw state,…

KEFIR GRAINS: What are, How to Store Them

WHAT ARE KEFIR GRAINS? Kefir grains are symbiotic cultures of lactic acid bacteria and yeast. These have the shape of small cauliflowers up to 5 cm in size. They have an irregular shape and are slimy and soft to the touch. Their color varies from white to pale yellow. Darker colored grains usually indicate worse health condition. When kefir grains are used to ferment non-diary milks, they can take on the color of the liquid in which they grow. Each culture is made up of a unique blend of bacteria,…

MILK KEFIR: How to Make Kefir from Grains

Milk Kefir is an extraordinary fermented effervescent drink made from whole cow or goat milk, although it is possible to prepare versions from non-diary milks. By means of fermentation, the drink takes on enormous digestive benefits otherwise absent, for the delight of our gut and immune system. WHICH MILK TO USE FOR KEFIR? The best kefir one can ever drink is probably made with fresh raw milk from cows that can happily wander free on grassland. In the other hand, raw milk must be purchased from reliable sources because there…

YOGURT vs. KEFIR: What are the Differences

  Just because yogurt and kefir are both fermented milk products probiotic rich, people  would often assume they’re pretty much the same thing. Though they share some similarities, yogurt and kefir differ in a number of ways from each other. Yogurt and kefir have a similar texture that’s thicker for yogurt, while kefir is more like a beverage to drink up. Kefir is mildly carbonated and tingle on the tongue, and it has a very low alcohol content while yogurt does not. Kefir grains are used to culture milk kefir,…

13 FERMENTED FOOD WITH PROBIOTICS

  In a healthy person, beneficial bacteria are considered those that don’t allow pathogenic bacteria to form colonies. Consuming probiotic foods on a daily base is the simple and safer way to introduce beneficial organisms into our system, By doing so we improve to our digestion while boosting the entire immune system. If you are interested in learning more about how probiotic foods help your health, I invite you to continue reading this article where you will find information that can guide you. Here is a list of 13 super…

COMPANION PLANTS: Which Plants Grow Best Together

  If you are planning to create a vegetable garden, you are probably also thinking about which vegetables and herbs to grow. In this phase it’s essential to take into consideration the associations to obtain a result in balance and harmony, here comes companion plants! WHAT ARE COMPANION PLANTS? Companion plants refer to plants that grow particularly well when planted side to side. This mutually beneficial association consists in growing different species at the same time in the same soil. This ancient technique is a simple imitation of nature where…

LACTIC FERMENTATION: How to Make Kimchi

Lactic fermentation: how to make Kimchi

  Kimchi is a traditional Korean food resulting from lactic fermentation that has hundreds of variations. I have already revealed the 3 secrets to prepare a perfect Kimchi, you just have to try to prepare it at home. Here the challenge is to have the necessary patience because the reward is still a couple of weeks away. BAECHU KIMCHI Baechu Kimchi is the most common of all kimchi varieties and the key component that is always found in Korean refrigerators. When you just say “kimchi”, this is the type you…

3 Secrets for Making a Perfect Kimchi

£ secrets for making the perfect Kimchi

  Today I will reveal to you the three secrets for preparing a perfect Kimchi, a Korean preparation and tradition based on the ancient technique of lactic fermentation. With this article you will enter the magical world of kimchi; only after the complete reading will you be ready to make your own kimchi at home and delight your guests.   KIMCHI AND LACTIC FERMENTATION: TWO ANCIENT TRADITIONS Korean Kimchi is neither a dish, nor a meal, nor a recipe. It is a task to be carried out over time. Kimchi…

BLACK GARLIC: What is it, Properties and Uses

WHAT IS BLACK GARLIC? Black garlic is not a variety of garlic and doesn’t grow this way in case you were wondering. This kind of garlic is the final result of a long and particular process that transform white garlic. A completely unique product packed with nutritional and organoleptic properties way different from the original source. In fact, beside from color and consistence of its pulp, black garlic differs from the common one for its sweetish taste, with aromatic licorice reminiscent notes. The main advantage is that this processed garlic doesn’t…

HYDROPONICS BASIC GROWING TECHNIQUE

  This article is meant to help answer some important questions beginner growers might have when getting started, and while mastering hydroponics and different growing techniques. Most of these concepts are connected to each other, and you will need to connect to them too.  The more we know, the easier it will be to grow! BASIC HYDROPONICS PRINCIPLES Hydroponic cultivation is the method that allows plant cultivation without soil, and can be achieved using different technique that share the same fundamentals. Plants requires light, oxygen and carbon dioxide while plant…

EASY COCONUT MILK YOGURT RECIPE

easy coconut milk yogurt recipe

  Coconut water and coconut milk are packed with beneficial nutrients and taste absolutely great. Making cultured coconut milk yogurt is easy, and it’s a great alternative to yogurt made with dairy products. Coconut yogurt can be as creamy and fragrant as dairy yogurt, as well as contain specific probiotic active cultures. To begin, for the recipe we need coconut milk that is unsweetened, The label should read coconut, coconut cream, or just coconut milk, and nothing else. You can add any sweetener or fruit to the finished yogurt. If…

EASY HOMEMADE YOGURT

  Making delicious probiotic yogurt in the comfort of your home isn’t complicated as one may think. Firstly, you need some milk! Any type of milk will work when making yogurt or kefir, but some are better too.  A higher fat content will result in thicker yogurt. If you can, go for a variety that is not UHT (ultra high temperature) processed to have a longer shelf life. Be sure to use whole milk for a creamier, thicker texture, or if available, raw milk makes the yogurt even creamier and…

MAKE YOUR OWN APPLE CIDER VINEGAR

  Vinegar plays a big role in our everyday life. Used for preserve aliments, for his antibacterial proprieties. We use vinegar in all type of cooking, to enhance and balance our dishes. Inexpensive apple cider vinegar can be found at stores, but if you are looking for high quality, organic unpasteurized apple cider vinegar can be quire pricey. We discussed here, how a simple 2 steps process can transform most fruits into delicious ciders, and finally beneficial vinegar. Fruit peels, cores, waste or surplus of your fruit may be turned…

HOW TO GROW MICROGREENS

  Why not start growing microgreen seeds in the comfort of your own home? The amount of space needed to get started is minimal, as the initial investment for equipment and supplies. Seedlings, don’t have big requirements but they need be treated with care. Any indoor place near some bright window at a mild temperature will do. Microgreen seed can even be grown year-round by using T5 fluorescent or LED lights as light source. What Seeds Do I Need? The easiest way to dip your toes into the world of…

MICROGREENS: GREAT THINGS COME IN SMALL PACKAGES

  Microgreens are essentially the young edible versions of various vegetables and herbs. They are nutrient-dense packages of goodness, loaded with enzymes, vitamin content, and minerals. To top it off, they are full of antioxidants to protect cells against free radicals. Indeed, we can easily call them SUPER FOOD! Microgreens Compare to Sprouts? Sprouts and microgreens are often grouped into the same category. There are significant differences between the two, from where the seed is planted, to what parts of the plant are eaten. Surely, there are health and flavor benefits…

HOW VINEGAR IS MADE

  Vinegar is made from any fruit or vegetable that contain enough sugar. Although apple juice is most commonly used for making vinegar, other fruit juices are just as good. We are talking about grapes, peaches, citrus, persimmons, pineapples, some berries, kiwi, and grains.. The production of vinegar is the result of two distinct fermentation processes, an alcoholic fermentation followed by an acetic fermentation. Vinegar is essentially a dilute solution of acetic acid, made by fermentation processes, containing salts and extracted matter. These additional substances, the exact nature and quantity…

PRICKLY PEAR: Properties, Uses and Benefits

Common Name: Prickly Pear, Indian Fig Opuntia, Nopal Cactus Species: Opuntia Ficus Indica Family: Cactaceae Prickly pear cactus, also known as Nopal, Opuntia and other names, it is a type of cactus, characterized by its remarkable resiliency and adaptation to arid and semi-arid climates. It thrives in dry, arid places in the tropical and sub-tropical areas worldwide. This plant can tolerate drought well, and capable to stand low temperatures as occur at night in the desert. This succulent plant can reach 4-5 meters in height. It has a shrubby pattern, its branches and…

DIY Wooden Organic Bow-Tie

  Happy day you all! Today, I will to share a fun stylish project with you. Wooden bow ties are not only a great accessory to show off at parties, but are also an awesome gift. If you’re looking for something special for that handsome dresser in your family, this is definitely the way to go.   What you will need: 2 mm thick Beech wood veneer Microstone real stone veneer Organoid  scented veneer Fabric and elastic band Hooks and eyes Needle and thread Hand saw Files and sand papers…

ECHINACEA: A Powerful Herb with Immune System Boosting Proprieties

  Common Names: Purple Coneflowers, Echinacea Species: Echinacea Family: Asteraceae   Echinacea species are herbaceous, drought-tolerant perennial plants growing up to 140 cm or 4 feet tall. This perennial flowering plants in the daisy family can easily grow from seeds, rather than being transplanted. CULTIVATION Echinacea seeds grow into a bulb-like structures called rhizomes. Scatter the seeds onto a paper towel moisten with water, then slide the paper towel into a sealed plastic bag and refrigerate for two months. Prepare the garden plot while the seeds go through stratification, then place them…

DIY Wooden Organic Neck-tie

  Happy day world! Today, I’m super excited to share an other exclusive project with you. Soon its will be summer and summer means a lot of cool things: wedding season, prom, parties with friends, backyard, birthdays parties, BBQ’s. What about attend these with a sustainable outfit, rather than make a cool gift for your beloved ones, following this tutorial idea. What you will need: 2 mm thick Beech wood veneer Microstone real stone veneer Organoid  scented veneer 1,5 mm round elastic cord PVA glue Hand drill Hand saw Files…

HIBISCUS: Properties and Benefits of a Beautiful Flower

  Family: Malvaceae Gender: Hibiscus Common names: Hibiscus, Rose Mallow, Rose of Sharon Hibiscus genus include hundreds of species widely cultivated and appreciated for their large, showy flowers. They are large with five or more petals, typically trumpet-shaped and come in all types of colors. Leaves are alternate, deep green lanceolate, often with a toothed margin. Hibiscus is a perennial and flowers through the year attracting butterflies and hummingbirds. These plants are generally very hardy and versatile, thrive in tropical conditions but can enhance the beauty of one’s garden in…

NASTURTIUM: Properties and Benefits of a Natural Antibiotic

  Family: Tropaeolaceae Species: Tropaeolum majus Common Names: Common Nasturtium, Garden Nasturtium, Indian Cress It is a herbaceous annual plant with trailing stems growing to 1 meter long. Leaves are large, circular with distinct veins, 3 to 15 cm in diameter, flowers are 3-6 cm diameter, with five petal; and a long nectar spur at the rear. They vary from yellow to red, often darker at the base of the petals. The fruit is 2 cm broad, three-segmented, each segment with a single large seed. Native to South America, today it…

SEDUM: Properties, Uses and Benefits

  Family: Crussulaceae Species: Sedum Common Names: Sedastrum, Sedum, Stonecrops There are an impressive 300 more different species of these succulent plants, which are also called Stonecrop as they are often found in the wild growing on rocky ledges. They are native to the Northern Hemisphere. Mostly is a perennial plant with thick, succulent leaves, fleshy stems, and clusters of star-shaped flowers. So many varieties of this plants makes them suitable for almost all types of garden designs. Use low–growing ones varieties as ground covers and in rock gardens, and…

DIY hand-crafted wooden eye-wears

wooden sunglasses

  Happy day world!! Don’t you love to see how usually plastic things are produced in wood? Then surely you must have think at least once how to make your own pair of wooden sunglasses, as I have imagined for years before realizing this models! Today, I will  share with you roughly how our wooden eye-wear frames are made and how you can make your own with little or without technical help or knowledge. This Tutorial is based on the use of a laser cut machine and I have 3…

JERUSALEM ARTICHOKE: Properties, Uses and Benefits

Common Name: Jerusalem Artichoke, Sunroot, Sunchoke, Topinambour Species: Helianthus Tuberosus Family: Asteraceae   Jerusalem artichoke is a herbaceous perennial related to sunflower and native to North America. Today it’s widely cultivated across the temperate zone for its tuber, which is used as a root vegetable, eaten both raw and cooked. Other uses come from Industry being tuber a great source of biomass, as well as high quality alcohol is extracted from tuber fermentation. CULTIVATION Needing plenty of space to grow, this perennial is ideal when planted as a windbreak or screen. Its…