About Fermentation

IMG_1680I am a huge fan of Sandor Ellix Katz, who wrote the book “Wild Fermentation”. It was after reading the book that I think about fermentation as alchemy. I see it as Katz suggests, a form of food activism. You are not involved in creating anything, it’s not a process you can call ‘yours’, it doesn’t have any dependence on money and you don’t need a science degree to figure it out.

With fermentation, you are merely participating in the primal dance with life forms smaller than the eye can see and more powerful than the mind can imagine. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that in the practice of fermentation, more depth of meaning is given to experience of life. It is an honour.

Why would fermentation be considered a form of food activism? Simply because we are renegotiating the appropriated industrialised boundaries of what does and does not go into our food. Industrialised food giants have over the years, in orchestration with governments, stripped our food of bacterias and yeasts for convenience of the precious sale, ill-disguised as a concern for health and safety.

The lack of complex nutrition in food, has led to our poor immunity against illness, and obviously, when we involve ourselves in making magic batches of fermented foods, rich in bacterias and yeasts, we are firmly, um, sticking it to the man and also building up an internal garden that takes on warrior proportions.

Eating fermented foods relieves the symptoms related to most if not all auto-immune diseases, effects of chemo, radiation, oral medications. I’m talking about diarrhoea, constipation, ulcers, fatigue, nausea, etc. disclaimer: observations based on feedback given by friends who suffer with theses symptoms and used the kimchi to their benefit. This is not meant to assume that all people to suffer with the symptoms will get the same results

Contact us to learn more about fermentation.

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BACK AGAIN!

It’s been a long while since I’ve written anything on my blog. In the time that I left you till now, my partner and I opened Taiwan’s first contemporary raw vegan restaurant and have been consumed with growing it.

It has been LOADS of fun and LOADS of stress but mostly, loads of FUN 😀

See our place here:

http://www.nkdfood.com

https://www.facebook.com/nkdfood

https://twitter.com/NKDFOOD

https://instagram.com/nkdfood

I’ll be updating here about raw food recipes and tips. Stay tuned!

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Changes Ahead for Delicious Taipei!

 

20120108_132146Hey Guys,

Just wanted to let you know that I haven’t been active for so long because the team at Delicious Taipei is busy planning the opening of its private dining event, workshop and retail space for next month so we have been uber-busy! But this means that we will finally have a PHYSICAL place for our community to:

  • meet and enjoy some delicious conceptual raw cuisine at our exclusive private dining events
  • purchase your everyday, raw food products in our retail section (keep an eye out for our raw coconut yoghurt and raw chocolate granola!)
  • learn how to create your own raw food creations inside our beautiful workshop kitchen (you’ll meet some guest chefs, too!)
  • taste some fine wines and learn about pairings with raw canapes at tastings twice a week (because wine)

You are going to LOVE the location and the “oasis” feeling inside our beautiful event space!

Until then!

哈囉親愛的,

相信大家一定覺得我沈寂了好一段日子,其實這段時間Delicious Taipei 團隊正在為我們即將開幕的全新空間努力籌備中。這個空間將會用作舉辦私人晚餐、工作坊和產品銷售等多項活動,下個月就會和大家見面!也歡迎我們的社群朋友們,和Delicious Taipei 一起體驗這個專屬的迷人空間!

  • 參加專屬私人晚餐活動,一起享用全新概念的生機美食
  • 想要每天享用美味的生機飲食,但卻不知道去哪裡購買?我們將會販售許多不同的生機美食,先稍微透露一下,相信你一定很期待我們即將推出的生機椰子優格和生機巧克力穀物水果營養棒!
  • 參加我們的烹飪工作坊,一起學習創造生機飲食的不同可能性,而且我們還會邀請不同的客座主廚,一定會帶來驚喜!
  • 美酒和美食總是相得益彰,我們每兩週都會舉辦葡萄酒與生機開胃小點搭配的餐酒品嚐會,喜歡葡萄酒的朋友千萬不要錯過!

關於地點先賣個關子,超級方便但又鬧中取靜,你絕對會愛上這個都市綠洲的秘密基地!

敬請耐心等待,到時見!

 

Puttanesca MY way!

This recipe is not the traditional one but it’s packed with the sultry flavours of puttanesca.

No pics today. Let’s get down to business.

Recipe
1 tsp cumin seed
1 tsp fennel seed
3 cardamom
3 bay leaves
3 shallot
4 cloves of garlic
1/4 cup white wine
4 medium-sized bright red, super ripe regular tomatoes, roughly chopped
good quality anchovy (glass jar not tinned)
salsa macha
salt (not too much as the anchovy is quite salty)
500g shell pasta

Oil your pan generously. Once warm, throw your spices and bay in. Slowly stir until aromas are released. Throw the shallots and garlic in. Stir until translucent. Add salt. Throw the tomatoes in. Add wine. Let it cook. To thicken, leave the lid slightly open so water can escape.

Meanwhile, cook your pasta. Once the pasta is done, remove it from the pan and rinse it under cold water then put it in a colander and use your hands to turn it over until all the water has drained out.

The sauce should be done. Take it off, add 2 teaspoons of salsa macha and let it cool.

In a separate, small pan, add at least 8 fillets of your good quality anchovy as well as some of its own oil. Make sure the heat is at the lowest setting. As soon as it starts to sputter, turn the heat off. There will be enough heat in the pan to “melt” the anchovy. You don’t want to cook it, you just want to soften it and incorporate it into the oil.

Traditional puttanesca recipes ask you to melt the anchovy first and add all the sauce ingredients to it. The problem with this is that the gorgeous anchovy fragrance disappears into the sauce.

Once you are ready to plate, mix the sauce and however much pasta you want and top with generous scoops of the anchovy mixture.

Pineapple Ginger Enzyme Blast!

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Enzyme-rich pineapple with the burning warmth of ginger make this drink the perfect aid to combating sluggishness and fatigue from the humid, rainy weather. Bee pollen is rich in all your B Vitamins and can help to alleviate Springtime allergies. Chia has some amazing benefits too:

  • high in fibre
  • high in minerals (manganese and phosphorous)
  • has tryptophan which helps you get fuller faster thus cutting down how much you consume

I’m sure there are lots more but let’s get on with the recipe.

Recipe

1 pineapple, peeled and chopped

2 tbls chia soaked in 3 cups of water (20 min – overnight)

10 cm – 15 cm length of fresh ginger

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How do I love thee? Let me count the ways…

Toss the whole pineapple into the blender and puree until smooth. Add chopped ginger and blend on high until incorporated. Pour the chia seeds and water into the blender and using a chopstick or the handle of a long spoon, mix it until evenly incorporated.

Pour into tall glasses and garnish with 1/2 tbls bee pollen in each glass. Before sipping, use a spoon and mix in as much of the bee pollen as you can.

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PS: That is local, unprocessed, organic pollen…sticky, sweet and gorgeous