What is an herbal infusion? An herbal infusion is the process of soaking herbs in either hot or cold water, to extract their nutritional and medicinal benefits. If this sounds like making herbal tea then you are absolutely right. What distinguishes an herbal tea from an herbal infusion is that an herbal infusion will generally… Read More


How to make water kefir Water kefir is a lacto-fermented pro-biotic drink made using water kefir grains that feed on sugar water and minerals. The profusion of bio-available pro-biotics in water kefir helps to improve digestive health, immune response, mood and energy levels and reduce allergic reactions, by feeding the good bacteria throughout the gastrointestinal… Read More


Water Kefir Grains Water kefir (keh-FEER) grains are used to produce a naturally carbonated probiotic drink. The kefir grains are small clusters of beneficial bacteria and yeast, bound by a polysaccharide (dextran) that is produced by Lactobacillus brevis. This is all good news for maintaining a healthy microbiome, which is essential to good health. “The… Read More


Thyme: Thymus vulgaris Part used: leaf and stem Medicinal actions: Carminative, anti-microbial, anti-spasmodic, expectorant, astringent, anthelmintic Thyme is an aromatic herb with a bitter-sweet flavour. It has a long history of culinary and medicinal use. It is primarily used as a pot herb as it can withstand long cooking times. It also makes a delicious… Read More


The Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar Apple cider vinegar (ACV) has a long history of use as a healing food, a dieter’s friend, a food preservative, and for cosmetic and domestic cleaning purposes. ACV is the result of a double fermentation process. First apple juice is fermented to apple cider, which is then further… Read More


This recipe for banana coconut bread is a delicious solution when I find I have a surplus of very ripe bananas. It uses coconut and spelt flours but whole wheat or other flours would also work. Ingredients: Wet ingredients: 4 or 5 mashed very ripe bananas 2 tbsp ground flax seeds 1/3 cup black coffee… Read More


Elderberry Sambucus nigra As summer comes to an end the hanging clusters of tiny elderberries change from green, to dark purple, to black when fully ripe. Each elderberry contains one to three seeds, which contain poisonous cyanogenic glycosides that can be deactivated by cooking. If you eat too many raw berries, which taste bitter-sweet, you… Read More


Pan Roasted Vegetables Come the weekends we all like something extra delicious and my absolute favourite is roasted vegetables, it never fails to satisfy. There is something very comforting about food coming out of a hot oven. Roasting brings out the sweetness of beets and parsnips, peppers, carrots and potatoes, and intensifies the robustness of… Read More


Barley Nutrition and Health Benefits Barley is a highly nutritious cereal grain that was a staple food in the diet of our ancestors. Nowadays we most often encounter it in soups or beer, but its nutty flavour and chewy texture makes it a great addition to salads and a delicious alternative to rice and pasta.… Read More


Blackberry: Rubus fruticosus A.K.A.: Bramble If you regularly walk past blackberry bushes without picking any you are definitely missing out on one of Nature’s great bounties. Blackberries are an excellent source of Vitamins C and K and manganese, they are rich in bioflavonoids and contain both soluble and insoluble dietary fiber. They have one of the… Read More