Lacto-Fermented Carrot Sticks

Lacto-fermented carrot sticks

These carrot sticks have quickly become a favourite of mine. Most recipes for lacto-fermented carrots call for grated carrot, which turns out a little too mushy for my taste. I decided to try carrot sticks for a less mushy recipe, and modified a basic lacto-fermented dill pickle recipe.

I often use purple carrots, which come out a lovely shade of fluorescent pink (who says real food can’t be fun!). As well as eating the carrots, I also use the brine in salad dressings, or just take a shot of it for the probiotic benefits. [Read more…]

Homemade Garlic Chilli Mayonnaise

Homemade garlic chilli mayonnaise

I have a rocky history with homemade mayonnaise. The first time I tried making it, it turned out perfectly, however after that I had quite a few failures. This led to a bit of food waste before I finally got it right.

In the process I have learnt a couple of things about homemade mayonnaise. Firstly, the egg needs to be at room temperature. I don’t keep my eggs in the fridge, so this is no problem, but if you do store yours in the fridge, let it come to room temperature first.

Secondly, you need to beat the egg well before adding anything else to it. [Read more…]

Homemade Gift Ideas – Lacto-Fermented Salsa


My mum and dad both come from quite large families, so for Christmas the grandparents draw everyone’s names out of a hat, and each person buys one present and gets given one present. This year Mr Omnivore and I have drawn my grandpa, two uncles and my 17-year-old (male) cousin. Which is unfortunate because, even though I love them, men are so much more difficult to buy for than women. [Read more…]

Homemade Sauerkraut

 Homemade sauerkraut

A while ago I had about 1/4 of a cabbage leftover after making okonomiyaki. I had started reading the blog Penniless Parenting, and one of the things she mentioned was that you could make your own sauerkraut by fermenting it on your kitchen bench. It seemed easy enough, so I decided to give it a go. This is the extreme opposite of fast food – mine has been fermenting for ten days! But if you can wait that long it is definitely worth it! [Read more…]