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Overnight Oats
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Milk Kefir

  It has been a year of playing with fermented products, our house has been happily bubbling away with Kombucha, water Kefir,  Kimchi, Saurkraut …….   All of these have had their successes and failures, but they have all been happily consumed.   Recently I was given some milk kefir granules.  These it seems are the simplest of all the fermented things so far.  A simple matter of adding milk,covering, stirring and in a day or two you have beautiful slightly sour, slightly thickened Milk Kefir.  This was all very well until I realised that I needed to start eating all of this quickly accumulating milk kefir and that generally I don’t consume a lot of milk products.  Bring on second fermentation, overnight oats, light and fluffy pancakes or waffles.  At least I now have breakfasts covered. Second fermentation for me simply involves adding flavours. To date this has taken the form of a splash of vanilla essence and a couple of chopped medjool dates. This can then be left covered on the bench or fermentation halted if sour enough and put in the fridge.  This is yummy enough to be a great substitute for all those sweet store bought yoghurts with all the benefits of fermentation.  As it has been winter and fresh fruits are limited I haven’t taken this much further but I know all those summer fruits and berries will be amazing in the Kefir. My next Kefir treat was combining with oats overnight. I don’t really […]

Matcha Green Tea and Coconut Truffles
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Matcha Green Tea and Coconut Truffles

Motivation for these comes from the lovely and slightly exotic seeming tin of Matcha Green Tea Powder I bought a couple of months ago.  I was very excited as I had seen lots of ideas using it on the internet and had trouble finding it, as is always the way it was instantly everywhere after that point. But, I the end I did have my tin and since then I have been inventing new ways to add it into my recipes These delicious little truffles are filled with goodness, but not the easiest for an amateur photographer to get the best pictures of.  I’d like to add that the slight green colour from the Matcha powder didn’t look the best in all settings! Life is great though and I did have fun and learned some new tricks. In the end it was the colours that mattered and putting them against pastel background colours worked for me. These are so simple with just a few ingredients and taste delicious. I used Coconut Nectar as the sweetener because I felt the flavour reflected and didn’t compete with the ingredients, but you could use rice syrup (I didn’t have any), maple syrup or honey.  You could easily cut back a spoonful of sweetener but I chose to keep these fairly sweet so they would have a wider appeal in my family Ingredients Truffles Coating I added the truffle ingredients to the food processor and blended briefly to bring together, then rolled them in […]