Make your own probiotics drink

I have started to grow water kefir again.  Its so easy and healthy to do it  and I can feel my bowl movement changed dramatically!

There are few tips to follow…

What you need:

  • Some Water Kefir grain- you can start few table spoon of grain
  • A 1L non metal jar- sterilised each time
  • A non metal spoon- wooden or plastic
  • A non metal sieve
  • 800ml Filtered tap water or Coconut water
  • Few tea spoon of unrefined sugar- honey is big No No!

Place the sugar to the jar and water or coconut water and stir well until sugar melt.  Add kefir grain with spoon slowly. The grains need sugar to cultivate.

Leave the jar out side of the fridge but avoid direct sun. Keep it for 24hours to 48hours then you will see little bubbles are started to come out.

Drain Kefir with non metal sieve and keep the water. Wash the grain well with filtered water and keep the grain in the fridge.

Add your favourite fruits inside the water. Its ready after keeping in the fridge for 12hours. Oranges, grapes, berries, kiwis are great in kefir drink!

Sun Dried Tomatoes

It is so easy to make Sun dried tomatoes by yourself. Cut Organic plum or cherry tomatoes in halves, place them on a basket laid a kitchen paper on,  sprinkle a pinch of sea salt, leave them under the Sun for 5 -7days! That’s it! Obviously you need good Sunny days for that but drying inside somewhere like a sunny kitchen window can be done as well. Make sure well ventilated and avoid bugs.

Viva Daizu大豆 or Soybeans!

Soybeans are packed with nutrients and are an essential part of the Japanese diet. People in Japan eat 180 times more soybeans on average than their US counterparts.  This is the ways soy contributes to better health and longevity.  soy’s role in preventing muscle atrophy and other age-related conditions too.

 

How to cook Daizu

You can keep cooked daizu in the freezer up to 2 months! I usually cook a bulk of them and separate in small plastic bags so that you can use one by one .

  • Dried soya beans 250g
  • Water about 6 cups for soaking…

Wash beans and soak in plenty of water over night – keep in the fridge in summer time.

Boil

Place the water and beans and bring to a boil with medium heat. Once boiled, leave lid open and cook for about few hours until soft with small heat. Make sure the beans keep covered in water at all time.

 

Steam

Place the beans in steamer and steam with small heat for about few hours until get soft. Make sure there is plenty of water in the bottom of the steamer.

 

Pressure cooker

Put beans and the same water in the pressure cooker and cook with high heat.Once pressure is on, reduce the heat to small for about 7 mins until cooked.

 

Yomogi(Mugwort) & Chocolate Marble Bread

I got some Yomogi or mugwort herb powder from Japan! So baked a tricolour marble bread with it. Yomogi is called a queen of herb in Japan. Can be used both for internally or externally. Some people say that its for a detoxing of heavy metal, a great helper for most of female problems such as menopause or menstrual problems, all kind of allergies and many more!  I love the subtle aroma too!

  • 400g   Organic whole spelt flour
  • 100g    Organic Spelt flour
  • 20g      Organic unrefined sugar
  • 50g       Organic flaxseed oil
  • 20g      Yomogi powder
  • 20g     cocoa powder
  • 10g        Yeast
  • 300ml  Lukewarm water
  • a pinch of himalayan salt

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  1. Mix all flour, oil and salt in a bowl.
  2. Mix the water, yeast and sugar in a jar and add to the flour.
  3. Knead it well.
  4. Divided into three and  make a ball shape.  Add yomogi and cocoa each ball and leave one not add anything. Leaven dough for 3-4 hours.
  5. Make them flat individually and pile them up.
  6. Making a strip cut and braid it and put it on a bread tray.
  7. Bake 180C for 30-35mins.

Parsley Facial Toner

My friends gave me loads of Parsley from their garden!   This multi vitamin herb is good for your skin to apply too!  Bring a boil of 100ml Sterile water with a handful Parsley and simmer for about 5mins. Leave it cool before pouring a sterilised bottle.

 Keep in the fridge and use up to 7days.