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Making ‘imperfect’ looking chocolate is so incredibly more satisfying for the taste buds and soul than buying bars at the store. . This started life as a bag of raw cacao nibs. I roasted them, cracked them, shelled them, ground them and then mixed them with a small amount of melted cacao butter and coconut oil to make chocolate! . The result is rustic…one might say stone-ground. The flavour, however, is amazing. It’s so much deeper, more nuanced, more zingy and more satisfying than anything I’ve eaten from a wrapper. . And like all the foods we prepare with love in our kitchens there is some undescribable life in it *because* I gave it care and attention. . I’ve been making chocolate this way since I read the 700-page The Secret Life of Chocolate by @nocturnalherbalist and I can’t go back. There’s a set of videos that will walk you through how to do it yourself on the courses page of www.ancestralkitchen.com. . Fancy having a go?!

Making ‘imperfect’ looking chocolate is so incredibly more satisfying for the taste buds and soul than buying bars at the store.
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This started life as a bag of raw cacao nibs. I roasted them, cracked them, shelled them, ground them and then mixed them with a small amount of melted cacao butter and coconut oil to make chocolate!
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The result is rustic…one might say stone-ground. The flavour, however, is amazing. It’s so much deeper, more nuanced, more zingy and more satisfying than anything I’ve eaten from a wrapper.
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And like all the foods we prepare with love in our kitchens there is some undescribable life in it *because* I gave it care and attention.
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I’ve been making chocolate this way since I read the 700-page The Secret Life of Chocolate by @nocturnalherbalist and I can’t go back. There’s a set of videos that will walk you through how to do it yourself on the courses page of www.ancestralkitchen.com.
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Fancy having a go?!

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After a while using ground linseed, I’ve gone back to using psyllium husk to help gel my #glutenfreesourdough breads. . This is sorghum and millet, both ground at home, with a teaspoon of psyllium, some salt and my millet sourdough starter. It is so good fresh from the oven. . It’s both gluten and lectin free and much lighter than my other sourdoughs (which are spelt and rye). I like to eat it at supper, with butter and a boiled egg :-) . There’s a link to the recipe in my profile. Nestled in that recipe you’ll find a link to an article on how I create a glutenfree sourdough starter.

After a while using ground linseed, I’ve gone back to using psyllium husk to help gel my #glutenfreesourdough breads.
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This is sorghum and millet, both ground at home, with a teaspoon of psyllium, some salt and my millet sourdough starter. It is so good fresh from the oven.
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It’s both gluten and lectin free and much lighter than my other sourdoughs (which are spelt and rye). I like to eat it at supper, with butter and a boiled egg ๐Ÿ™‚
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There’s a link to the recipe in my profile. Nestled in that recipe you’ll find a link to an article on how I create a glutenfree sourdough starter.

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Lard and bread. They are so good together! . Here’s my recipe for Pane con Ciccioli a.k.a. lard crackling bread. It’s inspired by the litany of bread recipes that see the left over crunchy bits from lard-rendering cushioned in soft carby pillows. . Because I’m a sourdough girl, I make mine with wild yeast and because I adore spelt, that’s what I’ve used here. I thought I’d have a bit of fun by making a rolled up, strudel-style loaf and added some garlic and rosemary for an additional pep. . You can find a link to the recipe in my profile. . I know Italians have been combining lard and bread for a looong time and I’ve recently learnt about a crackling bread sold by street vendors in Argentina. I get access to so many cultures here on IG, anyone else got a lard crackling bread they want to share with me? :-)

Lard and bread. They are so good together!
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Here’s my recipe for Pane con Ciccioli a.k.a. lard crackling bread. It’s inspired by the litany of bread recipes that see the left over crunchy bits from lard-rendering cushioned in soft carby pillows.
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Because I’m a sourdough girl, I make mine with wild yeast and because I adore spelt, that’s what I’ve used here. I thought I’d have a bit of fun by making a rolled up, strudel-style loaf and added some garlic and rosemary for an additional pep.
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You can find a link to the recipe in my profile.
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I know Italians have been combining lard and bread for a looong time and I’ve recently learnt about a crackling bread sold by street vendors in Argentina. I get access to so many cultures here on IG, anyone else got a lard crackling bread they want to share with me? ๐Ÿ™‚

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Sourdough pancakes for lunch today! . I spent the morning filming the ‘what to do with your sourdough discard’ section of my upcoming rye sourdough course for @thefermentationschool. No sooner had I switched off the camera than I slipped this 100% wholegrain pancake out of the pan and onto my lunch plate! I topped it with leftover spicy lentils (cooked yesterday) and local salad. . I like to fold it up and see if I can bite into one end without the filling all falling out of the other :-)

Sourdough pancakes for lunch today!
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I spent the morning filming the ‘what to do with your sourdough discard’ section of my upcoming rye sourdough course for @thefermentationschool. No sooner had I switched off the camera than I slipped this 100% wholegrain pancake out of the pan and onto my lunch plate! I topped it with leftover spicy lentils (cooked yesterday) and local salad.
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I like to fold it up and see if I can bite into one end without the filling all falling out of the other ๐Ÿ™‚

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If my terrified-of-fat 30-year-old self could see this bowl of crunchy pig skin I’ve just made, she’d have thought that I was making a terrible choice for my health and that I’d pile weight on. . How pervasive is the lie that fat makes us fat and when will it die? . Following on from yesterday’s post about the latest @ancestralkitchenpodcast episode where I talk about my 140lb weight loss, I wanted to celebrate my love of all things pig by making these again today. . Processed (and the new ultra-processed) foods are the enemy of our society’s future, not locally-sourced, nutritious fat. . I’m hoping to make a video of how to make these ancestral-popcorn style yummies out of pig skin soon. In the meantime I’ll keep practising and munching. . Thank you for the feedback on the podcast episode we’ve had – it’s challenging to be open and it makes a difference for me to hear such wonderful comments. If you’ve not listened yet, you can find us on your podcast app as @ancestralkitchenpodcast or download/stream from the link in my profile.

If my terrified-of-fat 30-year-old self could see this bowl of crunchy pig skin I’ve just made, she’d have thought that I was making a terrible choice for my health and that I’d pile weight on.
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How pervasive is the lie that fat makes us fat and when will it die?
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Following on from yesterday’s post about the latest @ancestralkitchenpodcast episode where I talk about my 140lb weight loss, I wanted to celebrate my love of all things pig by making these again today.
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Processed (and the new ultra-processed) foods are the enemy of our society’s future, not locally-sourced, nutritious fat.
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I’m hoping to make a video of how to make these ancestral-popcorn style yummies out of pig skin soon. In the meantime I’ll keep practising and munching.
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Thank you for the feedback on the podcast episode we’ve had – it’s challenging to be open and it makes a difference for me to hear such wonderful comments. If you’ve not listened yet, you can find us on your podcast app as @ancestralkitchenpodcast or download/stream from the link in my profile.

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It’s easy to think, when you see someone, that they have always been that way. . Yet so many of us hold stories of change. . People who I meet these days can barely imagine that I’ve looked any different to how I do now. When they find out that I used to carry twice the weight I do now, they can’t believe it. . After over a year of podcasting, @farmandhearth and I decided it was time to talk about my 140lb/10 stone/65kg weight loss. It wasn’t easy to distill a childhood of being the fat kid, the 18-month journey to lose the weight, the decade of determination and fat avoidance lest I regain and the embracing of ancestral foods that has seen my need for restraint ending. But we tried!! . I sincerely hope that, whatever your own relationship with food, my sharing inspires, softens and informs you. And that it strengthens your belief in the possible. . You can subscribe to the podcast by searching for @ancestralkitchenpodcast in your app, or you can listen via the link in my profile. . Please do let me know what you think. And please do share this episode with anyone you think would enjoy listening. :-)

It’s easy to think, when you see someone, that they have always been that way.
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Yet so many of us hold stories of change.
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People who I meet these days can barely imagine that I’ve looked any different to how I do now. When they find out that I used to carry twice the weight I do now, they can’t believe it.
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After over a year of podcasting, @farmandhearth and I decided it was time to talk about my 140lb/10 stone/65kg weight loss. It wasn’t easy to distill a childhood of being the fat kid, the 18-month journey to lose the weight, the decade of determination and fat avoidance lest I regain and the embracing of ancestral foods that has seen my need for restraint ending. But we tried!!
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I sincerely hope that, whatever your own relationship with food, my sharing inspires, softens and informs you. And that it strengthens your belief in the possible.
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You can subscribe to the podcast by searching for @ancestralkitchenpodcast in your app, or you can listen via the link in my profile.
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Please do let me know what you think. And please do share this episode with anyone you think would enjoy listening. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Making lardo using what’s around me, as those who walked this land before me would have done for many, many years. . Bay leaves, a present from our veg grower. Juniper berries, long-used in Italian curing. Garlic, locally-grown. Rosemary from the garden. Salt from Sardinia. Pig back fat from Flavio @valledelsasso. . The only thing that’s not Italian, but has been coming here via spice routes for centuries, is the black pepper . I use the @rivercottagehq recipe from @lambposts’s book. Instead of wrapping the fat in plastic, I use baking paper. Once covered in the cure, the fat will go into the meat drawer in my fridge (I have no place to hang) with water-filled olive oil bottles on top of it to weigh it down. It’ll stay there for months – last time it was about 3…this time I might go for more. . Another pic in my story today and I’ve got a highlight titled ‘curing’ if you want to see more.

Making lardo using what’s around me, as those who walked this land before me would have done for many, many years.
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Bay leaves, a present from our veg grower. Juniper berries, long-used in Italian curing. Garlic, locally-grown. Rosemary from the garden. Salt from Sardinia. Pig back fat from Flavio @valledelsasso.
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The only thing that’s not Italian, but has been coming here via spice routes for centuries, is the black pepper
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I use the @rivercottagehq recipe from @lambposts’s book. Instead of wrapping the fat in plastic, I use baking paper. Once covered in the cure, the fat will go into the meat drawer in my fridge (I have no place to hang) with water-filled olive oil bottles on top of it to weigh it down. It’ll stay there for months – last time it was about 3…this time I might go for more.
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Another pic in my story today and I’ve got a highlight titled ‘curing’ if you want to see more.

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I *love* drizzling an abundance of olive oil on my pizza after it has come out of the oven. . @farmandhearth and I just recorded an @ancestralkitchenpodcast on fats. Talking about them reminded me of the first time I experienced fresh, made-with-love, local olive oil here in Italy. . It was a world away from the sad jar of oil that sat in my Mum’s UK kitchen cupboard when I was growing up. The local one was green, it was cloudy and man, it was peppery! . And that makes sense. The olive trees are here in Italy, not in the UK. The fruit can go from tree to press to bottle to my pizza without having to involve miles of transportation and months of sitting on shelves. . It was clear when Andrea and I talked for the podcast that we both overwhelmingly use the fats that are around us geographically. As would have 99% of those who came before us. Fat transportation and marketing is a very recent part of our food history. . The episode will come out at the beginning of June. Meantime, whether you want to put butter, tallow, lard or olive oil on your pizza, there’s a recipe for this sourdough spelt base in my profile. . Thanks to @tibiona.italia for the flour, @fontedeiserri for the raw grass-fed cow’s milk mozzarella, @vicaspontassieve for the olive oil and #mercatointransizione for a lot of the other toppings!

I *love* drizzling an abundance of olive oil on my pizza after it has come out of the oven.
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@farmandhearth and I just recorded an @ancestralkitchenpodcast on fats. Talking about them reminded me of the first time I experienced fresh, made-with-love, local olive oil here in Italy.
.
It was a world away from the sad jar of oil that sat in my Mum’s UK kitchen cupboard when I was growing up. The local one was green, it was cloudy and man, it was peppery!
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And that makes sense. The olive trees are here in Italy, not in the UK. The fruit can go from tree to press to bottle to my pizza without having to involve miles of transportation and months of sitting on shelves.
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It was clear when Andrea and I talked for the podcast that we both overwhelmingly use the fats that are around us geographically. As would have 99% of those who came before us. Fat transportation and marketing is a very recent part of our food history.
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The episode will come out at the beginning of June. Meantime, whether you want to put butter, tallow, lard or olive oil on your pizza, there’s a recipe for this sourdough spelt base in my profile.
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Thanks to @tibiona.italia for the flour, @fontedeiserri for the raw grass-fed cow’s milk mozzarella, @vicaspontassieve for the olive oil and #mercatointransizione for a lot of the other toppings!

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