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Plant Spirit Medicine & Traditional Foods Made Modern

Semi-Sourdough Gingerbread Cookies

The benefits of ‘sourdough’ are plenty; it is the traditional way of making bread rise. During this slow souring process the grain becomes pre-digested, breaking down most of the gluten in spelt and wheat flours. Soaking, souring or sprouting grains will also break down phytic acid which binds with minerals; contributing to bone loss and…
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Kombucha

Making the Starter Ingredients: -1 Kombucha SCOBY -1⁄4 Cup (minimum) Kombucha starter liquid (from previous batch – FULL STRENGTH!) -1 Cup Sugar (Cane Sugar) -4 Tea Bags (4 Tablespoons loose) High Tannin Tea: black, green, red rooibos, white peony, assam, gynostemma, raspberry leaf. -12 Cups of Water (Fill vessel) Preparation: Boil water, make strong brew…
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Fermented Nut Cheeze

Cashews or almonds will work with this recipe… When I first attempted this, I asked a friend who knew a friend that sold it for a pretty penny… she told me that it is actually so easy!  Just google it. So I did. She was right, it is really easy! I love using this sour…
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Herbs & Food for Menopause

In traditional cultures menopause marks a time for celebration, for this is when a woman has completed her childbearing years and will move into a deeper level of self-discovery and spiritual awareness. She is now a wise woman.  She will be looked up to and honoured, is counselled for her advice, and her opinions are part of…
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Sour Flour Muffins

“Even oats deserve a soak” -Herbal Mama The benefits of rinsing, soaking, sprouting, and souring grains are plenty; Sourdough is the traditional way of making bread rise. During this slow souring process the grain becomes pre-digested, breaking down most of the gluten in spelt and wheat flours. Soaking, souring or sprouting grains will also break…
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Wild Fermented Salsa

I wanted to call this the “Wild and Weird Salsa”, because of the ingredients, well mostly the one weird ingredient: Pomegranate seeds.  I kept thinking what red vegetable (I know it’s a fruit, I was just relaying my thoughts) would be a symbol for the holiday season. I made a red bell pepper and kale…
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Water Kefir

Did you know that Moonshine was originally named during prohibition when it was made under the “moon shine” so to be hidden at night. That’s NOT what kefir hooch is… at all!  And, I think I may be the only one that calls water kefir juice “Hooch”.  Myself and a dear friend shared a giddy and…
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Festive Fermented Salsa-Kraut

  I made this festive salsa-kraut for a Health Fair and Fundraiser event (raising funds for the Edmonton Food Bank’s Tower Garden project) where I did the quickest 30 minute fermentation demo ever!  I just speedy-chopped the veggies while I talked about the virtues of probiotic, enzyme and nutrient rich ferments… the demise of the…
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