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Malayalee Secrets – Kerala Red Fish Curry

Malaysia has always been a melting pot of cultures. It’s never more evident than when you get to enjoy dishes from a range of cultures in one sitting. This is what you can expect at Julia Ujud’s home. The 60-something is a Muslim from Malaysia’s Negri Sembilan state who married into a Malayalee family with strong Keralan roots. “I started cooking at a young age, getting roped in to help my mother in the kitchen. That’s always the job of …

Make Your Own Kombucha: Part 2

Now that you’ve mastered the art of basic brewing, let’s move on to the fun part of making kombucha – flavouring and carbonating. This process is called secondary fermentation because the cultures feed off the sugar in the things you’ve added – typically fruit – and in this way continue the fermentation process. We’ll also cover how to manage your SCOBIES, including how to store them for future use or split them to give away to another home brewer. Flavouring …

Make Your Own Kombucha: Part 1

Love Wholesome contributor Jo-ann Huang brews her own fermented tea and lives to tell the tale Kombucha, or fermented tea, is no longer just a trendy drink loved by rich and health-obsessed hipsters. Australian brands Remedy and Mojo now feature widely in chain supermarkets, and homegrown breweries Yocha and Craft & Culture have built up loyal followings. The 2,000-year-old elixir, which is said to have originated in China, has a long list of purported health benefits, including a calmer gut …

Recipe Secrets: Keralan Banana Dessert

When you have a glut of something, what do you? Some cooks say that the best and most creative recipes come from times of abundance – bananas being a case in point. Home cook Mary Samuel grew up on a tea plantation near Dengkil, about 40 kilometres from Kuala Lumpur. Her mother always cultivated many banana trees and it was up to the rest of the household to find creative ways to use them during harvest season. The family was …

Why Your Kitchen Needs a Dutch Oven

A note from your grandmother found in the kitchen… What’s that there? A Crock-Pot? Do I, your dear old gran, see an electric slow cooker in your kitchen? Posh! Back in my day, we didn’t need fancy gizmos to make a stew, pot roast or broccoli casserole. We did it the old fashioned way: A Dutch oven! Eh? You don’t have a Dutch oven? Of course, you do! I gave you one on your wedding day, and you left it …

Cutting Boards: Wood vs Plastic

You might think a cutting board is just a surface to keep your table or your countertop from getting sliced, but there is more to a cutting board than meets the knife. A lot more – and what material you choose can affect both flavour and food safety. So what’s the difference between wood, plastic and glass, the most common cutting board materials? Softness and hardness The first thing to keep in mind is how hard or soft your cutting …