All posts tagged: fermentation

Take Three Lily Farm’s Online Fermentation Class

“While the act of fermentation is microbial and understandable with the use of science, the art of fermentation is a cosmic one. The art dances and teaches the fermenting artist. Through technique we have gained the ability to utilize and co–create, while the ferment acts on its own. It is for this reason, the most experienced fermenter still expects the occasional surprises. You see, this “controlled” process is still quite wild and independent and we can gain a sense of confidence and surrender from this knowledge. By understanding our reliance on our gut flora, we discover a course of action that promotes a positive future. Our genetic inheritance is the only property we truly own and have the potential to pass to our children. This is the only possession we can expand and nourish as our own.” Chef Frank Giglio on fermentation And, that last part is a statement my epigenetic-loving self endorses- I about cried a tear of joy when I read that- it’s the very reason I work in epigenetics. Our ancestral data, …

Science Approves My Kimchi 

The difference between standard fare kimchi and “functional” kimchi is this here little concoction. Functional foods are those aimed at improving or preventing particular health concerns that have been tested both clinically and in the lab to: 1. contain the nutrient levels they claim to and 2. bear evidence that those nutrients achieve a hypothesized clinical goal… Functional translates to food therapy in my kitchen. This kimchi is spicy and a little sticky, one of my prescriptions for upping your fermented gut-nourishment and a recipe I’d even be confident serving to your Korean mother :). My friends at the Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology know how to have a good time- if ya like to see the antioxidizing science, go here, fermentation data, here. FXL Kimchi Yields 1-1 ½ quarts Ingredients 1 large head napa cabbage 1 bunch green onions ½ cup grated carrots with skin on ½ cup mustard leaf 1 T sea tangle powder {kelp noodle} ½ cup daikon radish grated 1 T minced garlic 1 T ginger grated …

Claim Your Tomato Stake!

Tomatoes are America’s favorite home-grown vegetable. Nothing says summer like vine-ripened tomatoes! They’re easy to grow and offer many varieties. If you’ve chosen meaty Beefsteaks or bushy Cherries, your plants should be budding flowers by mid-June (wait, that’s now)! Water Me Deep Keeping your plants consistently watered will prevent blossom end rot, those oddly shaped cracks you sometimes see on the bottom of the fruit. Water in the morning to prevent disease, and always water the soil, not the plant. Feed Me Please Fertilize every 4-6 weeks with organic NPK (nitrogen, phosphorous, potassium) 3-2-2 fish emulsion diluted in a one gallon container. Fish emulsion can be found at most garden centers. You might not enjoy the smell of this cocktail, but your tomatoes will thank you. Buzz Off Most garden pests will ignore your tomatoes, but be on the lookout for the tomato hornworm. One or two of these can devour a whole plant in a couple days! They are a 3-4 inch long green caterpillar that likes to hide on the underside of the …