After all that dehydrated food of the past week, I was craving something fresh and pure.
We had this gorgeous Marmandetomato in the organic veg box this week. Just one, but oooh! How lovely:
I knew I didn’t want to process it, so I sliced in neatly and made this simple layered salad:
* first, a handful of baby spinach leaves,
* next, a spoonful of fresh home-made raw hummus,
* then the Marmande tomato, sliced (I had to share mine with Mr H, but there was plenty!)
* finally a couple of spoonfuls of the Cultured Vegetables I made last week
a drizzle of olive oil completed the dish…. Mmm, just what we wanted!
Dehydrated food is all very well and really does add texture and interest to food, as well as making some things more edible (eg aubergines) but as with everything – in moderation. It would be maybe not dangerous, but certainly unwise to rely too heavily on using the dehydrator, or any other appliance, in making a meal. Sometimes it’s good to just get back to easing fresh food. In fact, our diest should consist mainly of fresh vegetables, so no wonder my body was craving that juicy purple tomato!
The Cultured Vegetables are really delicious. I couldn’t believe it! I thought they would smell or taste a bit ‘off’ but they are soft and sweet. I confess I have always had difficulty with raw cabbage, but this makes it palatable and more easily digested. I recommend it. Easy to make, easy to store (pop the jar in the fridge to slow down the process once fermentation has started) and so delicious to eat!
I’ve been hearing and reading a lot about Cultured Vegetables.
Now, to be honest, I had no idea what these were, but when the universe keeps banging on about something, I have to sit up and listen.
About a month ago I read a Sauerkraut recipe in one of Shazzie‘s books: Detox Your World (it’s a great book, by the way – I highly recommend it)
My first thought on reading the recipe was “Eeuw! No way! I’m not eating rotting vegetables, thank you very much! I’ll have something else.”
And that was that. I left it, until I saw this interesting article on Cultured Vegetables, which explained it all to me. I had one of those “Aha” moments (and no, not a flashback to the 80s pop group!) suddenly it made sense, but I still felt a bit anxious about making my own.
What if I did it wrong? Could I accidentally introduce a pathogenic bacteria and give it room to grow?
However, a quick look at the price of Cultured Vegetables convinced me that I had to make my own.
I found this useful tutorial and had a go.
I used cabbage and cucumber (keep it simple to start with,) and a couple of lettuce leaves to keep the vegetables under the water. Here is my Sauerkraut in a Kilner jar. I ‘pop’ the gas 2 or 3 times a day and it should be ready to eat on Monday!