Probiotics are microbes that are beneficial to human health, (even sometimes even if they are no longer living), when consumed.  They are found in the fermented foods that we are talking about here, and also in dried food supplement or capsule form. They are often...

The Hadza tribe of hunter-gatherers in Tanzania have the most diverse microbiota in the world today. Their ancient and largely unaltered diet comprises a huge range of foraged plant-based foods, with occasional helpings meat.  They regularly eat over 30 different types of plant each week,...

A study of European diets in 2018 found that the average British diet contained more ultra-processed food than any other, accounting for over 50% of consumed calories.  At the other end of the scale, only 10% of Portugal’s and 14% of Italy’s diet come from ultra-processed...

Ingredients Two slices of sourdough bread 60-80 g decent Cheddar cheese Butter Two spoonfuls of kimchi 1 tsp oil for the frying pan ( optional)   Method Heat the frying pan while you prepare the ingredients: add the oil if your pan is prone to sticking Sprinkle...

Ingredients: 1 large Chinese Leaf Lettuce or Napa Cabbage ( approx. 800g chopped into wide slices (2 cm) 250g daikon radish (mooli) cut in strips or triangles  3 spring onions cut into diagonal I cm chunks, including greens. 50g Sea salt (eg. Maldon, for 5%...

A gut-healthy very diverse soup concoction – contains everything but the kitchen sink…    Ingredients: Sweet potatoes 450g – peeled (optional) and cubed 2 onions ( red and/or white )  - chopped 2 garlic cloves – 2 peeled whole 1 celery stalk - chopped 1 carrot -...

Ingredients Approx 60g sourdough starter discard Approx 60g oatmeal (medium or fine). 20-30g  Extra Virgin Olive Oil ( or whatever you have) Large pinch of salt 1-2 tablespoons of  extra plain/self raising flour   Method Mix all the ingredients except the extra flour, and refrigerate overnight (...

Ingredients Approx 60g sourdough starter discard Same weight ( so approx. 60g) of self raising flour ( though you can use any low-gluten flour) 20-30g olive oil 20-30g  Extra Virgin Olive Oil ( or whatever you have) depending on consistency Large pinch of salt Seeds...

This is my go-to method – so practical and much quicker they can be ready in 10 days.  I cannot resist eating them from the jar.   Method Wash and dry the lemons  Slice them finely, about 3mm thick, and pick out the pips  Weigh into a...

Ingredients 1 large cabbage (you can also use Chinese cabbage) sliced 3 cm, stems 1 cm. Keep end as a weight 3 spring onions in slices including greens –  or 1 small red onion  3 carrots – grated 1 garlic clove crushed 1 red chilli...