Fermentalist with a fetish for fatty foods. Don't listen to those looneys telling you that fat is bad for you. Love your gut, eat real food. Writer at Irish Examiners on Saturdays and Irish Independent and Sunday Times, Food and Wine Mag and Tourism Ireland
Fermenting foods is one of the oldest ways of preserving food. Not only does this ancient method of preservation keep food fresh tasting and vibrant for months, the lacto-fermentation process also generates powerful probiotics in your food which feed your good gut flora and boost your immune system. In a modern world that is riddled with new auto-immune disorders and food allergies, we can take responsibility for our own food and health by supporting our digestive system and helping our body to heal and enjoy better health. Eating small amounts of foods like sauerkraut, kimchi and kefir can boost your digestion which eliminates bloating and constipation, reduces symptoms of IBS, fermented foods are said to help regulate hormone production which helps with mood stablization and sleep patterns.
Fermentd foods can be enjoyed by all age groups, kids love kombucha and spicy kimchi as well as pickled crudités and water kefir.
In these three classes I will cover various areas of good foods for your gut, many featured in my third book Val's Kitchen.
I am creating the tickets for the first class here, at a knockdown price of €25 each to attract food lovers who are interested in better health, to come and see the newly re-located Urban Co-op, no situated on the grounds of Tait House on Collins Avenue. The Co-op is a one stop for picking up some of the finest locally grown organic vegetables, raw milk and bone broths, sourdoughs and other healthy, delicious treats.
Schedule as follows:
November 8th : Bone Broth, Kimchi, Sauerkraut and fermented veggies: learn how to make delicious bone broth, soothing for your gut and warming to your soul. Bone broth is the new superfood and is easy to make from everyday ingredients. Kimchi is rated as one of the worlds healthiest foods and is a powerful aid to digestion that no Korean would be without, Irish love it too! Sauerkraut is one of the best known fermented foods and goes with lots of other foods like cheese and duck. I will show you other easy vegetable ferments too.
November 15th: fermented drinks, learn all about kombucha and meet Mister Scoby - a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast that is responsibe for making this delicious, fermented fizzy drink. Water kefir makes fruity fizzy drinks too and milk kefir is one of the most popular fermented foods. I will also show you easy Kvass, said to help reduce inflammation, aches and pains.
November 22nd: easy gluten free breads and butter making. Let me show you some easy to make breads from my book Bread on the Table, oat bread, nut bread and more plus a butter making demo for fun times at home in the kitchen. Butter is easily made into ghee, a must for anyone avoiding dairy in their diet.
If you can't book online, email me to make other arrangements.
If you would like to book all three classes, the balance can be paid on the night
September 29th - Hook and Ladder, Limerick city - details and booking here this class covers all about why we might get int fermenting, from the basic convenience of having a store of always ready fermented veggies, to the benefits of eating these tasty superfoods and of course I show you how easy it is to make them at home. I will make spicy kimchi, beet kvass, sauerkraut, fermented ketchup other veggie ferments to sample. All recipes to take home too.
Saturday October 1st 4pm - Dingle Food Festival - a one hour food fermenting workshop for the princely sum of only €10.00
October 22nd - An t'Ionad Glas, the Organic College, Drumcollagher - will post details asap
October 30th - Lisdoonvarna Food Fayre, turn up and pay on the day, all about Kombucha, from coffee to tea and all flavours in between, explody fun likely!