Fire cider is a pungent and fiery tonic packed with aromatic antimicrobial herbs and spices. Traditionally taken to ward off respiratory infections such as colds and flu. It is a modern form of an ancient herbal medicine called an oxymel. What’s more, this humble homemade remedy has also had its fair share of controversy!
How to Make Jun – The “Champagne of Fermented Drinks”
Have you tried jun? It is sometimes referred to as the “champagne of fermented drinks”. I remember the first time I tried it. A friend of mine has huge ceramic crocks on the go, full of jun. She prepared a tall glass for me with ice and freshly crushed verbena leaves … that was it,…
Honey Fermented Garlic and Fresh Honey Garlic Mash
My two pantry apothecary essentials for winter are honey fermented garlic and elderberry syrup. Garlic gets to work on microbial (including bacterial) infections while elderberry works against the cold and flu virus.
Hawthorn and Apple Fruit Leathers
I have left a fair amount of rubber on the road in my time because of a true foragers eye. I drive my family insane by screeching to a halt next to a fertile roadside crop of something wonderful like elder, rosehips and most recently hawthorn. This find was the perfect opportunity to make a stash…
Natural Sweeteners – Not So Sweet?
There is a worrying trend across wellness oriented food blogs and magazines to offer endless “healthy” and natural sweet treats. You have seen the pictures choking Instagram and Pinterest feeds – raw vegan paleo caramel slice, cacao peanut butter cups, raw cashew cream “cheesecake”. It appears that this is what all the healthy bods are…