Fermented Food Guide: the basics + 19 beginner recipes

Dandelion and Swiss Cheese Spelt Scones

Today’s post is written by my friend, Sophie, of Accidental Artisan. I recently served these scones at an event that I hosted and they were a huge hit! People didn’t believe me when I told them the secret ingredients 😉 – Carly Last year when the dandelions started poking their heads through my nice, neat gravel path in the garden all I saw was weeds. I drowned them in vinegar, let them wither, dug them out and hoped they wouldn’t come back. Ya right. Dandelions are tough! Sure enough this year they all came back and there were even more!…
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Dandelion and Swiss Cheese Spelt Scones

Lemon Balm Iced Tea

Lemon balm iced tea is the perfect, thirst-quenching beverage to break out on a hot day (when it’s too early for Sangria) and doubles as a great pick-me-up. I often make a strong batch on hot days, for primarily tactical reasons – to keep husband hydrated and highly caffeinated as he does yard work.

Lemon Balm Iced Tea

How to Make Naturally Sweetened Almond Milk

A decade ago, making almond milk was just one of those weird “hippie things” that mom used to do. When I’d go over to her house for a visit, more often than not, there would be almonds soaking in a bowl on her window sill and I’d think she’d gone nuts… Flash forward several years, and now I’m the nutty one. Making almond milk is a very regular task in our house. Just like doing laundry or vacuuming – it’s got to be done and part of our weekly routine.

No Knead Dutch Oven Spelt Bread

You’d never know it now, but baking didn’t use to be my thing. I loved to eat the delicious creations coming out of my Mother and Grandmother’s kitchen, but wasn’t interested in making my own until my early twenties when my Naturopath tested me for food allergies and wheat came up with a big red flag. My Mom and I scoured the local grocery stores for any kind of wheat free bread that didn’t look or taste like a doorstop, however, there simply wasn’t anything out there.

Quick and Easy Pizza Crust Recipe

I often envy those “meal planner moms” who have the week’s dinner all mapped out by Sunday. I’ve tried that route a few times, and even made it my New Year’s resolution last year, but for whatever reason, meal planning just never sticks. The times that I did meal plan, I’ll admit – it was really great! I shopped with a detailed, meals-for-the-week ingredient list, and felt organised once dinner rolled around. But unfortunately, meal planning only ever lasts a week or two in our house. All of the other 50 weeks a year consist of last-minute dinner ideas, inspired by whatever…
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Probiotic Melon Popsicles

Why does summer bring out that urge to consume high calorie, surgar filled foods that we would otherwise steer clear of in the winter? Ice-cream, freezies, cold beer, margaritas–all high in sugar and guilt. All the while, we’re trying to rock our best bathing suite bods. It just doesn’t seem fair. But, today is your lucky day, because I’ve created a guilt-free, healthy, ice-cold treat, that will satisfy your sinful cravings (maybe not for a margarita, though…you’ll still probably want that.) What makes this popsicle heathy? Let me introduce you to some of the ingredients: homemade yogurt, organic gelatin, honey and…
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Sparkling Raspberry Lemonade

As warm and wonderful as it is, summer certainly tests our will-power at every level. Although it’s both convenient and satisfying to slam back a cold, cola, sports drink or beer on a hot, summer day (speaking from experience here), they’re not good for your bikini-bod or health. Thankfully, there is an alternative, and it’s just as thirst-quenching – there really won’t be anything more refreshing and nourishing than naturally fermented, homemade, Raspberry Lemonade for your August long-weekend. The Benefits of a Naturally Fermented Beverage Fermentation is a beautiful thing. I can be seen talking about it at social events, parties…
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Pumpkin Spice Coconut Oil Coffee Creamer

Okay, put your hand up if you love a good pumpkin spice coffee or latte in the fall and winter months… I’m guessing you didn’t actually put up your hand, because that would be weird, but you’re already a total fan because you’re reading this post!  But let me tell you… I have an awesome recipe for pumpkin spice coffee creamer that’s healthy, delicious and simple and I’m pumped to share it with you!

Pumpkin Spice Coconut Oil Coffee Creamer

Morning Glory Muffins with Sprouted Spelt Flour

This post has been sponsored by Anita’s Organic Mill. I received some product in exchange for this post, however, all opinions are my own and I would never promote a product that I wouldn’t use myself! Actually, I have been using Anita’s Flours for years 🙂 Today’s post is inspired by my four-year-old, Scarlett. For whatever reason, when she woke up this morning, she was determined to make muffins! So, at 8 am, we pre-heated the oven, and the three of us got busy making Morning Glory Muffins with Sprouted Spelt Flour! I really enjoy cooking with my kiddos. By doing…
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Morning Glory Muffins with Sprouted Spelt Flour

How to Make Iced Coffee Using Coconut Oil Coffee Creamer

When it comes to coffee, I’m a bit of a snob – there’s only one way I like it, and it’s in no way conventional. Yes, coffee with Coconut Oil Coffee Creamer takes a few extra steps, and when I’ve been up all night feeding the baby, those extra steps in the morning can be annoying, but once that frothy goodness that is coconut oil coffee hits my lips, it all becomes worth it. Last week we came home from a week-long vacation from visiting the in-laws in Manitoba. Knowing that I couldn’t go a morning without my coconut oil…
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