Kombucha

Well here she is. Why “she” it all starts with the mother Scoby and the longer you care for it she will have babies.

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That’s the SCOBY floating around.

I started yesterday getting the tea mix prepared and this morning pop the Scoby in, now fingers crossed in a weeks time she will be all ready for drinking.

What is Kombucha? Kombucha has been drunk for centuries, but it wasn’t until the 1990′s that Kombucha was brought to the west. Renowned for it’s detoxifying, probiotic rich, immune building, anxiety bashing, energy lifting, liver loving effects, it has quickly grown in popularity.

I have adapted the recipe in “From Scratch cookbook” by Shaye Elliott, she has a website called The Elliott Homestead.

So here is what I’ve done.

You need;
4 bags of organic black tea
1 cup of sugar (don’t worry the sugar is consumed by the yeast in the fermentation process)
3.8litres of filtered water
1 SCOBY

So here goes
1. Heat up the water to just below boiling. (I boiled mind for a few minutes as I didn’t use filtered water). Add the sugar and stir till dissolved. Then add the tea bags. Cover, remove from the heat, and let cool over night at room temperature. If you make first thing in the morning just let it cool all day.

2. After the tea mixture has completely cooled, remove the tea bags, pour the liquid in to either a food grade bucket or a large glass jar/bottle.

3. Add the SCOBY, cover the bucket or bottle and tuck it away somewhere for a week. After a week do a taste test and when it’s done to your liking then proceed with the bottling.

4. Remove the SCOBY. Store the SCOBY in a jar and fill with 1 cup of the Kombucha tea. This will feed it until you are ready to use again.

5. Pour the fermented Kombucha into reusable glass bottles and screw the lids on. You can add a small amount of juice for flavor if you like.

6. Let the filled bottles sit on the kitchen bench for 2-3 more days which will allow for a second fermentation. After that move the bottle to the fridge and drink as you please.

So that’s it nice and easy.

If you are local to me and would like to make this but need a SCOBY just email me and I will organise to get you a SCOBY once I have some spare ones.

Until next time

Sam xxxx

Op shopping

Today I was meant to go the the Sydney craft fair and catch up with some lovely ladies but we (as a family)have had a very busy week.

As my man is the Senior Pastor of our church he has been out every night this week plus his normal days in the office plus it’s school holidays so the boys have been home.

I woke this morning and decided to have the day at home in my PJs for all long as I could.

After making lunch, home made potato & leek soup and did a bit of washing thought I needed to pop out to our local op shop. I only had $50 in my purse as I’m trying very hard to stick to a budget. So I was really looking for some large glass if possible jars for my sourdough starter and my Kombucha starter that I have working on making. But instead came home with these wonderful bargains.

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A big bag of red yarn $1.20
A lace doily $1
A pair of size 5 interchangeable needles .50c
and a spring loaded cake tin $4
I’m thinking I did pretty good.
I even had some change to pop into the butcher and buy some meat, this will last till my man’s pay day on Wednesday.

Did you know that in August it’s Op Shop Week this covers all op shops not just the Salvos, so if you have one near you pop in or make a donation of resale-able goods.

Please note I don’t have any associations with the Salvation Army I just shop there.

Have a great day
Sam xxx

Sourdough starter

I’ve been a bit quite this week as I have had a few things on my plate health wise but today is my day (from paid work) and my order of Springhill Farms arrived. They have a range of Gluten Free Bread Mixes.

I have come across this website – Declalt they have converted everyday recipes to GF by using The Real Bread Mix from Springhill Farms.

This afternoon I started my Sourdough Starter. I made it in my Thermomix.

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I’ve popped into a large bowl, covered it in cling wrap and a tea towel and popped it on the clothes dryer as it’s nice and warm it the laundry.

I have to give it a stir for the next 2-3 days as it will start to grow bigger.

Fingers crossed come Monday or Tuesday I will be able to update you all when I make a loaf of bread with it.

Love
Sam xxx

Sunday reading – June 29

Wow the days & weeks seem to be flying by. Life needs to slow down.

Last night we celebrate a good friend’s 70th birthday. It was so nice to help organise friends and family together.

I was cleaning out some stuff and found this book. I’m thinking I will try and read it again. Choosing Eden book review

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Sunday Reading

Yes Magazine – living simply has been around for quite a long time

a great blog on living a minimalist

how to make your own green cleaning products

It’s cold here in Sydney so here are a few great recipes to try….

Yummy Zucchini Slice my children love it.

Pumpkin soup

not quite Amish

Easy curry chicken

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My kids love this breakfast on the weekend

Enjoy

Love Sam xxx

One pan chocolate cake

Quick and Easy Chocolate Cake (no egg, butter or milk)

Ingredients
1 1/2 Cups flour (all-purpose)
3 Tbsp. cocoa
1 Cup sugar (only added 3/4 cup)
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. white vinegar
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
5 Tbsp. vegetable oil
1 Cup water

Directions

Preheat oven to 180C

Mix first 5 dry ingredients in a greased 8″ square baking pan.
Make 3 depressions in dry ingredients – two small, one larger.
Pour vinegar in one depression, vanilla in the other and the vegetable oil in third larger depression.
Pour water over all.
Mix well until smooth.

Bake on middle rack of oven for 35 minutes. Cool. Top with your favorite icing. Enjoy!

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I haven’t iced it yet, it’s just out of the oven. I’m thinking it will be eaten today while I’m at work without the icing.

Enjoy

Love
Sam

Sunday reading

Wow another week has gone. Last night was the Winter Solstice here in Australia so now the nights will get longer and warmer (fingers crossed)
Here is some information on it Winter Solstice

Today I wanted to share some great winter warmer ideas. Enjoy

Easy Pumpkin Soup this is made in the Thermomix

Smashing Pumpkin Soup

I’ve been teaching myself how to crochet – here is an easy pattern

This is a great gardening magazine

Rhonda’s shares some great ideas on Starting your Simply Life

I’m now on Pinterest

The view from our side porch

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My first attempt at crocheting

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Lily and I enjoy some lazy time together.

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Have a great week

Love
Sam xxxx

Sunday reading

I’m going to (try) and share some blogs I follow or come across each week.

They will be about some of things I love like craft, sewing, knitting, simple living, homesteads plus anything else I might find.

So to start this Sunday enjoy

Down to Earth by Rhonda
Sewing the Seasons by Robyn
What’s mummy up to by Wendy
One hundred dollars a month by Mavis
To find a silver lining by Elizabeth
Quilt kitty loves life by Tracee

I’m working on a new blog/website for my other love Four Red Hens

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Enjoy your Sunday

Love Sam