Kefir: The hardest working grains in the business

Kefir in a glass

What on earth is kefir? This was my initial reaction when my research first took me to the topic of fermented milk-based drinks. I had heard about yoghurt of course, and had a vague idea of what lassi was (combination yoghurt or buttermilk and water drink) but had no idea of kefir.

I needed to find out quickly for I had a deadline to write on this topic. So I put aside a weekend to research the topic. What I discovered about milk kefir over the two days both astonished and inspired me. Continue reading “Kefir: The hardest working grains in the business”

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Season 2 Episode 5 Wholefoods in the home — Zanna Munro interview

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Welcome to Season 2, episode 5 on Wholefoods in the home. This week, in the last of the present season, The Real Food Chain’s Rich Bowden talks to nutritionist, journalist, food lover and Facebook Page owner Zanna Munro. In an interesting and thought-provoking interview conducted at Bissy’s cafe in Orange, NSW, Zanna talks about a wide range of health and wellbeing issues relating to wholefoods. She covers her own experiences, to such topics as gut health and the Mediterranean Diet. We’ve included the key moments and defining quotes below.

Enjoy the show! Continue reading “Season 2 Episode 5 Wholefoods in the home — Zanna Munro interview”

Episode 1.1 — The Real Food Chain — Fermented Foods Intro

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Welcome to Season 1 Episode 1 of The Real Food Chain!

In this episode your co-host Rich Bowden talks about the majesty and tradition of fermented foods, through the eloquent words of author Jennifer McGruther (The Nourished Kitchen) and activist, author and fermentation revivalist Sandor Katz (Wild Fermentation and The Art of Fermentation).

That the essence of fermentation is transformation is a theme constantly explored by these advocates in their work and their words reflect the link that fermentation gives us to our forebears and their food culture. However far more than a convenient method of preserving the harvest, fermentation encourages the growth of probiotics which have such an important role to play in our gut health and overall wellbeing.

Episode 1.1 marks the start of our new way of categorising “seasons” for you our listeners. Over the course of a month we’ll bring you episodes on a particular with a wrap up with your co-hosts Jon and Rich at the end. This first season is on fermenting foods, its uses in the home and the way you can easily make fermented foods to enhance your diet. Continue reading “Episode 1.1 — The Real Food Chain — Fermented Foods Intro”

Episode 03 The Real Food Chain — Melinda Blundell interview

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Welcome to episode 3 of The Real Food Chain podcast!

This month our program is based on a fascinating interview The Real Food Chain’s co-host Jon Moore conducted with Melinda Blundell, owner of EMU Wellness, a holistic lifestyle training company based in the Lower Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, Australia. Mel’s a functional nutritionist, presenter and wellness advocate and has spent the last five years teaching people the benefits of wholefoods and balanced gut health after making dietary changes that completely eliminated her own physical and mental symptoms. Continue reading “Episode 03 The Real Food Chain — Melinda Blundell interview”

Support your community while saving on organic food at farmers markets

Farmers marketsWherever you live in Australia, you’re bound to be close to a farmers’ market. These are the vibrant community spaces where everyone from local producers to backyard amateurs get the chance to sell their (mostly) organic produce. There is usually entertainment, events for kids, great coffee, and of course many, many food stalls (depending on the size of the market). It’s an event that brings the community together. Just as importantly though, it’s a great place to save money on organic food. Continue reading “Support your community while saving on organic food at farmers markets”