We are looking at take two of the ‘viral beast’ coming for a visit round these parts. It’s not an exciting visit, and to be honest I’m a bit miffed that the beast is back so quickly after the last time. Seriously the first round of coughs hadn’t even subsided properly.
However, it is what it is. Long naps, slow days, spluttery nights and afternoon sun snuggles…lock ’em in.
One afternoon when a run for provisions was needed I found myself in a chemist running through the symptoms with a sympathetic ear. A range of suggestions was given, including what I can only describe as a lengthy upsell. Which was all met with a no, I’ll just take the initial product please.
In a last ditch attempt, the sympathetic ear/ upseller went in to a long monologue about how probiotics are really important, encouraging good bacteria in our gut, and in turn ensuring a balanced immune system. I nodded, agreeing. Yes we have a lot of fermented food in our home for that very reason, sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha, sourdough etc etc. Intially she looked at me blankly, then followed that up with a raised eyebrow that said, sure continue on with your fluffy hippy woo woo stuff lady. When you are ready for the proper stuff come back to the chemist.
(She might be waiting awhile.)
Must have gut lovin’ goodness list in times like this?
Sourdough– make your own, or buy someone else’s. The basis of every easy meal at the moment.
Sauerkraut– make a big batch and always have it at the back of the fridge. This stuff goes with everything.
Kimchi- this is being eaten twice a day, every day and I credit my not being invited to round two of the ‘viral beast’ because of it’s garlicky, chilli infused fermented goodness. Possibly a placebo effect, but hey, it remains a damn tasty one.
Kombucha– every day goodness, yes please.
Fire Cider– knocked back with an enthusiasm unmatched since shooters in the late 90’s.
Beetroot Kvass– It’s certainly beety, and also up there with one of the easiest to try your hand at if you are new to fermenting.
Ginger Beer- This stuff will put hairs on your chest.