Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Mrs got a new job!

She starts Monday and although it will take time for us to get back to normal... The pressure is now lifting.

Sunday, 1 July 2018

It's only science if you write it down

I've been trying this new thing where I record my kitchen experiments with their creation dates, check-to-see-if-it's-done dates, and then a big long event that goes to the Best Before date.

This gives me a quick way to see what's available right now and also I can set myself notifications so I don't forget to check on ferments at the appropriate intervals.

One day I'd like to have an ongoing record of recipes and batches to find out how changing things improves or detracts from the finished product.

Saturday, 2 June 2018

Ginger Carrots

My experience with fermenting cabbage so far has been okay... but I had been adding too much salt and chickening out by putting it in the fridge too early in the process. This has resulted in very-salty-and-only-slightly-sour-kraut that's closer to coleslaw.

It's fine. We eat it... but it's not quite right.

After listening to a BUNCH of episodes of the Living Homegrown podcast, I was inspired to make a carrot ferment.

It was really simple. Four grated carrots, some grated ginger, and 1 tbsp of pickling salt in 2 cups of water for the brine.

I should have a nice hot & sour carrot soon, and hopefully this experiment into non-cabbage pickling will be the success I need to be a bit braver with fermenting.

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

incremental success

  • managed to (slightly) carbonate kombucha
  • went walking after dinner for a few nights in a row
  • actually called a psych doc, left msg with receptionist, got voicemail back from doc, and two days later(now) emailed doc back
  • have not cried at work in a while(at least a week?)
  • finally got around to deleting Facebook account

Sunday, 22 April 2018


So after a bunch of reading, trying a few comercial varieties, and days of YouTube research, I finnally felt ready to start brewing.

I called up a friend I knew used to brew for info/advice on locating a scoby and found out she still homebrews for her family and was willing to not only provide a scoby, but made up a deluxe starter kit for me. As thanks I brought a jar of my homemade strawberry jam.

I am now the owner of three upcycled bottles of homemade kombucha, a brand new gallon of sweet tea and scoby happily chugging away in their jar, and a smaller jar for brewing in with the sugar and tea bags for next week's batch of concentrate inside! I also came home with a finger of ginger for flavouring.

We laughed when I noticed the handwritting on the wide-mouth lid was mine. It was from a jar of homemade strawberry sauce I had given her 3 years ago.

This is the strength of the gifting community over the bartering economy. If I were to pay/barter for a kit this elaborate, well lets just say the jam wouldn't cover it. Giving what you can when you have excess bolsters your community, and a healthy community can bolster you when you don't have enough.

I'm hoping a regular supply of kombucha with help stabilize my digestive troubles and provide some of the B-vitamins that are deficient in my gluten-free diet.... And also just be a nice replacement for diet and sugar laden sodas.

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Uninstalled Facebook

I've told loved ones about my trial separation from the increasingly creepy facebook, and wiped it from my phone.

I will check in on the web version in a couple weeks to make sure there isn't any "omg but I don't have your email!" comments, and then download my data and delete my profile.

Monday, 26 March 2018

Tough Calls


I finally got around to calling the numbers my family doctor gave me to find a psychologist. Some of them were out of date and there's a bunch more calls to make before I even decide which doc to do an intake appointment with and cross my fingers that I can manage to get something accomplished before my benefits run out.