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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 …

Meatballs of the World

March 9 is Meatball Day, a time to celebrate one of the world’s oldest staples. The simple dish of balled-up minced meat has found its way into almost every national cuisine, from Italy to Israel to Canada. So join us as we sample meaty globes from around the globe – trust us, it’s going to be a ball. Italian (“big a-spicy”) meatballs Italy is our first stop on our meatball tour, home to those iconic meatballs served with pasta or …

Your Banana Bread Horoscope

Madame Zucchini here for more gastrological wisdom. As foretold (by the calendar), February 23 is Banana Bread Day – but which banana bread recipe is the most auspicious for you? Aquarius: Classic Banana Bread You’re an old soul, and you believe that the cookbooks of the 1930s (around when baking soda became popular) that first started praising the simple cake made from the pulp of overripe bananas had it right. The universe will reward your traditionalism with a hardy, softly …