let me start with a statement. clean is so 1985. dirty is the new chique!
when we play outside in nature and get muddy, when we grow crops that have not been treated with all sorts of -cides, when the ground we grow our magical munchies on is not de-bugged and when we eat fabulous fermented foods we are much healthier and happier people!
unfortunately our modern western society doesn’t really embrace bacteria. we clean till we drop. we use antibiotics galore. our foods are pasteurized for food safety reasons. this means also the friendliest of bacteria are lost to us.
friendly bacteria are needed for:
-absoption of nutrients
-proper immune functions
-the making of vitamins
without these happy little creatures are whole system starts to struggle. just to name a few: we battle allergies or intolerances, we get sick loads, we are tired, our moods turns to gloom, we get tons of cravings – mostly for sugary foods.
to boost your immune system you could coose to use a probiotic supplement but the cool thing is… you dont need it! you can boost your system, add friendly bacteria & get healthier and happier by adding real life foods to your diet. now how awesome is that!!!
if you can heal with natural food, heal with natural food – it is prefered over supplements since supplements are factory made.
to show you guys how amazingly cool and tasty fermented foods can be my friend Elenore over at Earthsprout and Sarah over at My New Roots came up with the idea of fabulous fermentation week. they invited blogger friends to design and share some of their mouthwatering fermented recipes. you can check the full list of participants & recipes on their websites. and… here’s mine!
it is a mindblowing drink: coconut kefir (with nigella & saffron sesame seeds)
kefir is traditionally made with kefir florets that resemble cauliflower. the big difference being kefir florets will turn your milk into goodness galore : ) i’ve tried it with hazelnutmilk, almondmilk and coconutmilk and their all mindblowing. the taste somewhat resembles the taste of yoghurt without the use of dairy products but the base note is always the nuttiness of, in this case, coconut. to boost the immunity even more i’ve added superfoods nigella & saffron sesame. they are both very powerful immune system supporters and on top of that will add a bit of extra visual beauty to your bubbly buddy bacteria drink.
now are you ready?! scroll down and learn how to make your very own natural probiotic yumminess!
coconut kefir with saffron sesame seeds & nigella
vegan, glutenfree, rawfood
full of pure clean goodness
makes 2 small portions
takes 5 minutes (+ 1 day of waiting)
60 grams coconut flesh
240 ml coconutwater
(buy a whole coconut, check my instruction video on how to open it : )
1 teaspoon ricesyrup
0,5 teaspoon of sesame seeds
0,25 teaspoon of saffron
0,5 teaspoon of nigella seeds
kefir florets (google to see where -in your surroundings- you can get them)
stainless steel strainer
make coconutmilk by blitzing flesh & water together with handmixer or blender. strain with a nutmilkbag / cheese cloth / cut off foot of a brand new thick panty hose. not sure how to make it? let me help you out! it’s superduper easy! here a little nutmilk making video. use the fibre later in dessert cake, buckwheat pancake or veggie burger. take homemade coconutmilk & add ricesyrup. blitz.
to make the kefir: take a clean weckjar. add coconutmilk. add kefir florets. close the jar & let sit at room temperature for 1 day. stir occasionally.
to make the saffron sesame seeds: place saffron strands in little bowl with a tiny bit of water. add sesame seeds. let sit overnight until water has evaporated. remove strands. ready to use!
to assemble the drink: use a stainless steel strainer to seperate the kefir drink from the florets. stir drink. place into glasses. add a big pinch of saffron sesame seeds & nigella. enjoy the magic of this uberhealthy natural probiotic drink!
recipe & all photos by kyra (c)
fabulous fermentation week buddies: (more recipes!!!)