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Drinks

Why a Food Processor Beats a Blender in Your Kitchen

Bright fluorescent lights, an expansive floor of kitchen appliances large enough to confuse even Gordon Ramsey, and salespeople who promise the world – visiting an appliance store can be an assault on your senses. Sometimes it’s better to stop and take a time out. When it comes to furnishing that kitchen of yours, it’s wise to consider what all these appliances can do for you, which of them you really need, and how you can get the most bang for your …

Is Bubble Tea Healthy?

We hate to burst your bubble, but bubble tea is not really healthy. Don’t get us wrong, we love bubble tea (for those living under a rock: cold, often flavoured tea filled with tapioca balls, a.k.a. “pearls” or “bobas”). It’s delicious and fun and you should totally drink it sometimes. It just isn’t particularly good for you. At best it breaks even, nutritionally speaking. At worst, it’s a sugar-load dessert drink. Let’s take the standard drink of popular bubble tea …

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 …

Valentine’s Day Wine Guide for Newbs

It’s Valentine’s Day, and you know what that means: chocolate, fancy dinners and, of course, wine! What’s that? You don’t know the first thing about wine? You rarely ever drink it? This just won’t do. Skimp on the wine for your candle-lit dinner and it’s game over, pal. But don’t worry, we have your back. This crash course will blow through the basics of food-wine pairing and let you get back to planning for the big V. First things first: …

Craft and Culture: Probiotic Drinks

To many, kombucha and milk kefir may seem like yet another superfood fad, but to Winnie Ong and Lai Zhiwei, founders of Craft & Culture, they have witnessed the benefits of the functional beverages first hand. They say the fermentation of tea and milk, which gives rise to raw kombucha and whole milk kefir respectively, have helped with managing allergies and skin ailments. Ong, who started out brewing kombucha at home more than a decade ago before teaming up with Lai …