Winter Immune Booster

Our favorite immune booster !

My midwife calls them "Jimmy jim jams" so I have adopted this name too.

Anti-viral, anti-bacterial, immune boosting, super tasty and super simple.

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How to make:

  • Crush fresh garlic in a mortar and pestle
  • Squeeze in half a lemon
  • Add a teaspoon of raw or manuka honey
  • Sprinkle with cayenne pepper
  • Pour mixture into squeezed lemon half as a great cup and enjoy

At the first sign of a cold or compromised immune system I have one of these for a few days and a big pot of warm nettle or echinacea tea

:)

Kombucha Workshop

I'm super excited to be sharing my love of kombucha in a workshop next month at the beautiful Walcha handmade community co-op.

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I've been a fan and (sometimes) kombucha keeper for several years now, though it wasn't until moving off grid 1 year ago that I fully appreciated my Kombucha

A naturally fermented and probiotic rich drink, Kombucha is anti-inflamatory, immune boosting, full of antioxidants and can aid in detoxification, digestion and gut health.

Used for all kinds of different drinks, vinegars, ferments, chutneys and snacks. Kombucha is a great addition to a homestead or country kitchen.

A complete how to, we will learn: 

  • What is Kombucha and why is it so great
  • Getting started
  • Kombucha keeping recipies and tips
  • Advanced second ferments
  • Troubleshooting 

Includes:

  • Various homemade kombucha samples
  • Delicious, healthy snacks
  • Kombucha kit to get you started fermenting at home

 

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online HERE or in store at Walcha handmade on the day.

Hungry days and nature provides

Living without refridgeration in summer and being 2 hours drive from the nearest town makes food storage and longevity pretty interesting at times. 

We try to go into town once a fortnight. This was no problem at all in winter, though things spoil much faster when it is 46 degrees Celsius most days.

The days just before town are always the trickiest for me. By the end of summer all the nettles have gone to seed and aren't so good anymore, and the chickweed has all died off. 

Luckily blackberries are here to save the day!

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We discovered a MASSIVE blackberry bush along a little dirt road near our place 2 days before our town trip. There were also two kinds of native raspberries just nearby full of berries.

A big basket was filled up with berries and our hands were covered purple - just the way they are meant to be. Fresh wild berries go a long way when you haven't had fruit or sugar for several days!

I made the most delicious, satisfying porridge with pretty minimal ingredients.

  • Sprouted buckwheat
  • Coconut cream
  • Flax, sesame and chia seeds
  • Coconut flakes
  • Sultanas
  • Wild berries

Happy days ! 

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As a depressing end note to the story..

After telling our neighbour (he lives 45min drive away) about how blackberries saved the day and how great they were, he got pretty freaked out that the blackberries were going to get into his river and he would never get it out etc.

A few weeks later all the blackberries along the trail along with a whole bunch of unrelated edible natives and gum trees had all been sprayed with poison and killed...

A valuable lesson learnt in sharing information.. Hopefully some seeds from our harvest will keep the legacy alive :P