Do I eat processed foods? Damn right I do! Take a look at my breakfast: . Fermented millet and sorghum porridge – I ground the grains and added water and sourdough discard before leaving to ferment overnight. . Goat milk kefir – I fermented raw milk using kefir grains. . Nuts – I soaked the almonds and walnuts in water and salt for a day, before draining and dehydrating. . You can also see ground cacao bean (fermented in its processing) and ghee (heated to remove the milk protein). . This is processing as it should be: Ancient practices, simply applied. This type of processing enhances food; it removes toxins, makes it more digestible, increases its power. . Industrial processing was created with profit as its focus. It keeps us in our place. It creates harm. . Swapping industrial processing for ancestral processing could change everything. . And. It. Tastes. Amazing. :-)

Do I eat processed foods? Damn right I do! Take a look at my breakfast:
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Fermented millet and sorghum porridge – I ground the grains and added water and sourdough discard before leaving to ferment overnight.
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Goat milk kefir – I fermented raw milk using kefir grains.
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Nuts – I soaked the almonds and walnuts in water and salt for a day, before draining and dehydrating.
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You can also see ground cacao bean (fermented in its processing) and ghee (heated to remove the milk protein).
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This is processing as it should be: Ancient practices, simply applied. This type of processing enhances food; it removes toxins, makes it more digestible, increases its power.
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Industrial processing was created with profit as its focus. It keeps us in our place. It creates harm.
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Swapping industrial processing for ancestral processing could change everything.
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And. It. Tastes. Amazing. 🙂

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There’s a lot of millet action going on in my kitchen at the moment. . The DIY proofing box is out (it’s colder now and I want warmth for my experiments!) and in it I’m growing two things: . A millet sourdough starter, and . A millet starter for a Turkish fermented drink called Boza. . The sourdough starter is easy, I just need time and persistence. The Boza starter more difficult…documentation is nowhere near as available, so I’m kinda using my nous and seeing what happens!

There’s a lot of millet action going on in my kitchen at the moment.
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The DIY proofing box is out (it’s colder now and I want warmth for my experiments!) and in it I’m growing two things:
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A millet sourdough starter, and
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A millet starter for a Turkish fermented drink called Boza.
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The sourdough starter is easy, I just need time and persistence. The Boza starter more difficult…documentation is nowhere near as available, so I’m kinda using my nous and seeing what happens!

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This is what happens when you *really* ferment a pancake dough. Crumpet pancake!! . Recipe for sourdough pancakes is in my profile. It’s this month’s #ancestralcookup and is super easy and delicious. . If you’re feeling brave (or curious) let it super-ferment and cook up a crumpet pancake like this. And then have fun choosing what you want to melt into the holes before you devour it!

This is what happens when you *really* ferment a pancake dough. Crumpet pancake!!
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Recipe for sourdough pancakes is in my profile. It’s this month’s #ancestralcookup and is super easy and delicious.
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If you’re feeling brave (or curious) let it super-ferment and cook up a crumpet pancake like this. And then have fun choosing what you want to melt into the holes before you devour it!

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I have just finished “Honey from a Weed” the amazing cookbook by Patience Gray. I refuse to put it on my shelf. I want to start it again. I want to dip into it over tea. I want to cook everything in it (OK, well maybe not the recipe for garden snails). . These are Borlotti beans cooked ‘alla Toscana’ as per page 62. Check out my story today to see how they came to life – there’s even some bean art in there :-)

I have just finished “Honey from a Weed” the amazing cookbook by Patience Gray. I refuse to put it on my shelf. I want to start it again. I want to dip into it over tea. I want to cook everything in it (OK, well maybe not the recipe for garden snails).
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These are Borlotti beans cooked ‘alla Toscana’ as per page 62. Check out my story today to see how they came to life – there’s even some bean art in there 🙂

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The stardust in my cells did a little jiggle when I read this comment on my wholegrain sourdough spelt pizza. . It wasn’t from my hubby this time, but from @lvtrevino who cooked it up using the recipe in my profile. And this lady has eaten in both NYC and Italy. . Eating a good sourdough wholegrain pizza base with nutty spelt flour is a joy…so much so that you don’t want many toppings, the dough itself is the star. . Check out the recipe in my profile :-)

The stardust in my cells did a little jiggle when I read this comment on my wholegrain sourdough spelt pizza.
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It wasn’t from my hubby this time, but from @lvtrevino who cooked it up using the recipe in my profile. And this lady has eaten in both NYC and Italy.
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Eating a good sourdough wholegrain pizza base with nutty spelt flour is a joy…so much so that you don’t want many toppings, the dough itself is the star.
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Check out the recipe in my profile 🙂

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I bought some celeriac which still had the abundant green tops on. What better excuse to try out a new ferment? . I added some garlic, black pepper and coriander seeds. Just have to wait a few days now – the most difficult part!

I bought some celeriac which still had the abundant green tops on. What better excuse to try out a new ferment?
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I added some garlic, black pepper and coriander seeds. Just have to wait a few days now – the most difficult part!

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The slow cooker is out! . This is #ossobuco, from Flavio @lavalledelsasso cooked with lots of local veg. . I’m totally enamoured by stirring sauerkraut into my stew at the moment, rather than eating it separately. The sour flavour goes so well threaded through the meaty broth. . In gut-healing diets, this is shunned, as potentially the probiotics in the kraut are killed off by the heat of the stew. But I figure, I get so much else alive (with my kefir, kvass, fermented garlic etc) that savouring the flavour like this is worth it. . Adding probiotically created sour to stews is an ancestral tradition in Eastern Europe (at least). The more I learn about traditional wisdom, the more I trust it *deeply*. And I remember Natasha Campbell McBride saying in her GAPS book that even dead probiotics do great work. . So I let flavour be my guide.

The slow cooker is out!
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This is #ossobuco, from Flavio @lavalledelsasso cooked with lots of local veg.
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I’m totally enamoured by stirring sauerkraut into my stew at the moment, rather than eating it separately. The sour flavour goes so well threaded through the meaty broth.
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In gut-healing diets, this is shunned, as potentially the probiotics in the kraut are killed off by the heat of the stew. But I figure, I get so much else alive (with my kefir, kvass, fermented garlic etc) that savouring the flavour like this is worth it.
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Adding probiotically created sour to stews is an ancestral tradition in Eastern Europe (at least). The more I learn about traditional wisdom, the more I trust it *deeply*. And I remember Natasha Campbell McBride saying in her GAPS book that even dead probiotics do great work.
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So I let flavour be my guide.

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My absolute favourite sourdough creation is what I’m sharing as this month’s #ancestralcookup: Pancakes. . These are so simple. If you’ve got flour, water and some fat for frying, you can make them. . The link to the step-by-step recipe is in my profile. It includes super-clear instructions, loads of flour/ingredient options and videos showing how the batter should look, and how to get them fried up in a cast iron pan without sticking. . If I go through a week without a sourdough pancake, my life has far less sparkle. Give them a go and see if you agree!

My absolute favourite sourdough creation is what I’m sharing as this month’s #ancestralcookup: Pancakes.
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These are so simple. If you’ve got flour, water and some fat for frying, you can make them.
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The link to the step-by-step recipe is in my profile. It includes super-clear instructions, loads of flour/ingredient options and videos showing how the batter should look, and how to get them fried up in a cast iron pan without sticking.
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If I go through a week without a sourdough pancake, my life has far less sparkle. Give them a go and see if you agree!

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“The almond crop alone relies on trucking some 88 billion bees from their wintering homes which is some cases are up to 1,000 miles away…some of these hives will travel 10,000 miles of roads each year.” . I was completely astounded when I read this in the book Dancing with Bees. It’s talking about almond farming in California. . I ask myself again and again, “What are we doing?”. . And then I turn my attention to what’s in my shopping bag and, with trepidation, think about what has gone into each and every thing that I buy. . These are Italian organic almonds. I’ve soaked them for a day in ample water with salt added. This neutralises the mineral-depleting phytic acid. They’ll go on top of our fermented oats for breakfast a fair bit this week. . And as I eat them, I’m super-grateful for every crunch. . Sustainable? (I’ve added a question mark!) post for the last of this month’s wonderful #veryfarmish

“The almond crop alone relies on trucking some 88 billion bees from their wintering homes which is some cases are up to 1,000 miles away…some of these hives will travel 10,000 miles of roads each year.”
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I was completely astounded when I read this in the book Dancing with Bees. It’s talking about almond farming in California.
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I ask myself again and again, “What are we doing?”.
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And then I turn my attention to what’s in my shopping bag and, with trepidation, think about what has gone into each and every thing that I buy.
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These are Italian organic almonds. I’ve soaked them for a day in ample water with salt added. This neutralises the mineral-depleting phytic acid. They’ll go on top of our fermented oats for breakfast a fair bit this week.
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And as I eat them, I’m super-grateful for every crunch.
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Sustainable? (I’ve added a question mark!) post for the last of this month’s wonderful #veryfarmish

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