Finally, a list of workshops for the next 4 months and links to all the information you will need and how to book them… more info is on the Workshops page
Kefir Workshop is £36Dates and Times:Saturday November 10th 10.30 am -12.30 pmFriday December 7th 6 pm – 8 pmTuesday January 15th 6pm – 8 pmSaturday January 26th 10.30-12.30Tuesday February 19th 6-8 pm
Kimchi workshop is £46
Saturday November 24th 10-2 pmWednesday December 5th 10 – 2 pmSaturday 12th January 10-2 pmSaturday 23rd Feburary 10-2 pm
Would you like to book a workshop for a christmas present? if so please book under your own name then email me and I will make a Christmas Voucher ( with glitter logo obviously!)
Microbes are brilliant aren’t they? For hundreds of thousand of years, without us even realising till recently, they’ve been quite happily preserving our food, making our booze and influencing our health. You’ve a huge population of them living inside your guts: your microbiota, and without that you simply wouldn’t be here ( mice born “germ free” do not thrive).
About 150 years ago, the famous French microbiologist Louis Pasteur said ” ‘Messieurs, c’est les microbes qui auront le dernier mot. ( Gentlemen, it is the microbes who will have the last word.)’. Turns out he was probably right! Though of course some microbes do cause disease, the majority of them do us more good than harm, and almost daily, we’re learning more about how our microbes influence our health.
But over the last 100 years, we’ve also been very busy discovering ways to eat as much as we can with as little effort as possible, as cheaply as possible. We’ve frozen, tinned, and processed our way into the 21st century until a mass-produced salt/fat/sugar-laden microwave ready meal can be done in 3 minutes. We didn’t see it coming, but this sort of diet has just led to Britain having been labelled as…..
The Nation with the Worst Diet in Europe!*Yikes. That is NOT an award we want to win.
(*Acccording to research into processed foods by Prof Carlos Monteiro of Sao Paulo University)
Basically, too much sugar and salt. That pair pop up time and time again. Not forgetting all those other nasty chemicals involved in food processing. So bad for you in so many ways. No wonder there are such high rate of diabetes, obesity, and heart disease here. When you eat a diet rich in ultra processed foods, it upsets your Microbiota – that’s the microbes living in your guts – and they have a huge effect on how your body uses the food you eat. (Interestingly, saturated fats are off the hook at the moment!).
Sounds a bit dramatic but there we are. So start being kind to your guts, and learn how probiotic foods can help to make you healthy again.
Although I’m not a research scientist these days, I do love a bit of information sharing, so on this site you will find my own methods for making various fermented foods and some of my own thoughts about the whys and wherefores of home fermentation. There are literally hundreds of excellent sites on this topic already, but not so many UK based ones – hopefully having things in grams and kilos and pounds and ounces will be useful.
I have tried to make sure that the information on this site is supported by peer-reviewed research in the field. Where evidence of benefit is not yet proven I have tried to say so. If you feel that I have missed something (perfectly possible!) please let me know.