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Aloe Vera Recipe

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Did you know you can eat aloe vera? I generally keep a plant around for burns and things of that nature but when I lived in South Korea, I would often see huge aloe leaves for sale (at the fancy supermarket). At that time I had no idea what they were used for but they were memorable! Aloe vera drinks have also been popular and perhaps this is why.

Why aloe vera is so good for you:
– it’s high in vitamin and minerals (like vit A, vit C, vit E, folic acid, B12 and other B vitamins, calcium, magnesium, zinc and more).
– contains amino acids
– contains fatty acids helpful in dealing with allergies and indigestion
– it’s an adaptogen which means it can help you deal with stress better
– aids in digestion
– aids in detoxification as it is a gel-like substance
– it’s an alkaline forming food
– boosts immune system due to polysaccharides
– it’s anti-bacterial, anit-fungal, anti-microbial and a germicide
– reduces inflammation

How to Eat it:

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How To Make Kefir Whey

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If you’ve got kefir going, you can make kefir whey. This is a great starter culture for any fermented food and especially necessary for cultured food that are started from scratch or aren’t based on using lots of salt.

(Don’t have kefir? Check out our easy whey recipe.)


To make kefir whey, you leave out a your kefir that you’ve already fermented.


  1. Make a batch of kefir with milk and your grains.
  2. Take the grains out and put the kefir in a jar.
  3. Leave the kefir out on the counter so it can separate.
  4. It will start to separate with liquid on the bottom and form harder curds on top. This can take 6 hours, 24 hours, or longer depending on how hot it is.
  5. Get a cloth that is slightly porous (but not with holes) or even a coffee filter. Drain the separated kefir through the cloth. Drain it into a bowl or larger jar. This may take a few hours.
  6. You’ve got whey! Put it in a jar in the fridge.
  7. Use the curds on toast, as kefir cheese or a sour cream.

Special Notes:

Kefir whey won’t last as long as kefir. It has nothing left to feed on. I generally try to use it within 2 weeks. (Kefir can stay in the fridge for months and months.)


Benefits of Papaya

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Papaya (or pawpaw) has a lot of goodness in it. There are some special things that make it better than other fruits as well.


Here’s a list of the benefits of papaya:

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  • high in vitamin C
  • magnesium
  • vitamin A


  • magnesium
  • iron
  • copper
  • manganese
  • potassium
  • essential amino acids
  • riboflavin
  • niacin
  • calcium
  • phosphorus
  • zinc
  • folate

Papaya is very good for you skin. It can help protect skin and reduce signs of aging. It can help you to recover from skin damage and defend against wrinkles.

Antioxidants (Cartenoids & Lycopene)

Antioxidants help to neutralize free radicals. Most importantly with pawpaw, antioxidants are better absorbed from papaya than other fruit and veg. This may help a number of diseases and illnesses.

Here are some great ideas to use papaya in meals and everyday eating.


Eating Papaya Fruit

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Papaya (or pawpaw) is a super nutritious and tasty fruit. If you’re looking for some great ideas on how to eat it, I’ve got some for you!


Papaya is ripe when it turns orange, yellow or redish. Green ones are hard and not ripe. Longer pawpaw are sweeter than the rounder ones.

Ways to Eat Papaya:

  • as an appetizer with strips of ham or prosciutto wrapped around it
  • in a salsa with tomato, onion, coriander and lime
  • in a salad with avocado, chicken, olive oil and a little vinegar or lime
  • in a chutney with mango, red pepper, avocado, onion, coriander and balsamic vinegar
  • in cookies with walnuts
  • in bread
  • jelly – blend it up and use some grass-fed gelatin to make it special.

One great thing about papaya is that it freezes so if you find a lot or a big one, freeze some in cubes until you want it. You can put it in a smoothie even.

Hopefully this has gotten you inspired to eat more pawpaw. Until next time!


Eating Healthy on a Budget

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Eating healthy on a budget is possible! I do it every week. At times you do need to make compromises depending on exactly what your budget is and where you live. My philosophy is to make the best choices I have within my means.

Know Your Priorities

There are certain things that are more important to buy organically or grass fed or just to buy every week. These are where my priorities lie:

  1. Refuse to buy anything GMO. That means no soy, canola or corn products unless it is noted to be GMO free. This reduces the amount of processed food you will buy which is great.
  2.  Dairy: only buy grass fed and organic dairy products and milk. Cows are often fed GMO feed and that makes milk different, less valuable and could potentially damage our health.
  3. Pasture Fed Eggs. Eggs are a great source of nutrition and often a cheaper alternative to other animal proteins. Eggs from chickens fed grass in a pasture and no GMO feed are my absolute priority. What’s the point of eating eggs from chickens who have not been eating well themselves?
  4. Grass Fed / Free Range Meat. Again, I don’t want any animal products from animals ingesting GMO feed but it’s not only that. When animals are eating fresh food (like grass) and in a more natural environment, the meat is better for us. With meat, I want to protect against the junk meat and find the good stuff that will provide the critical vitamins and minerals we need from our meat.
  5. Fresh fruit and veggies. They are essential and we get what’s in season so it’s cheaper.

My Tips on Eating Healthy on a Budget

Tip #1: The Co-op


Check back for more tips as I will keep adding videos in the future.


How To Eat Passion Fruit

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Looking to learn how to eat passion fruit? If you haven’t grown up in a tropical location or been around much tropical fruit, you may be a bit unfamiliar with it. It’s delicious so it’s not a fruit you want to miss if you can get it.

Here’s the video:


How to Eat Passion Fruit – Main Points

  • you can still eat it if the skin is wrinkled – some prefer it this way
  • you can eat the seeds of a passion fruit
  • it’s tangy and a bit sour

img_5685-001Wrinkly skin, still edible.

Great Ways to Use Passion Fruit

  • a topping for fruit salad, muffin, yogurt, cereal and more
  • in a smoothie (with banana is great)
  • in desserts (seeds are often removed for this)

smooth-passion-fruitSmooth skin, also ready to eat.

Benefits of Passion Fruit

  • antioxidants (can help protect your body from cancer by fighting free radicals)
  • Vitamin C and Vitamin A help boost immune system
  • potassium (helps balance blood pressure)
  • iron: 20% of rda
  • minerals like copper, magnesium and phosphorus
  • fiber from the seeds
  • eye healthy

So now you know how to eat passion fruit and why you should. It’s a great fruit to have around and when it’s in season, it’s usually plentiful. Enjoy!

Want to keep learning? Check out All About Avocados or How to Eat Kiwi Fruit.


How to Eat Kiwi Fruit

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Wondering how to eat a kiwi fruit? It’s a delicious sour fruit that will add some variety to your life. Here’s the video.


Benefits  of Kiwi

Kiwi fruit is a nutrient dense food. This is great! It means you get lots of nutrition in a little low-calorie package. Other benefits include:

  • Fibre, in the skin and in the flesh of the fruit
  • Vitamin C: may contain 77-112% of the vitamin C you need in one day
  • Vitamin K (for healthy bones, kidneys and blood clotting)
  • Vitamin E (it’s in the seeds)
  • High potassium content (and we usually don’t get enough potassium so this is good). It’s important for a healthy heart.
  • Better sleep for adults with sleep problems
  • Folate (especially important during pregnancy)

How to Know When It’s Ripe

If a kiwi is very hard, it will be very sour when eaten. Hard kiwis are not ripe. If the kiwi gives a bit when gently pressed, it’s ripe. If it’s very soft, it’s likely over-ripe or gone bad.

Keep ripe kiwi fruit in the fridge. They’ll last a week or two there.

How to Eat Kiwi Fruit

Kiwi are great just on their own. Just peel and eat! (If you haven’t watched the video, it’s how you how.)

Ways to Use Kiwi

Kiwi are a great addition to breakfasts, desserts and snacks. They won’t last too long after being cut open so it’s better not to wait hours before eating them.

Fruit Salad: kiwis make a great addition to fruit salad. Especially when combined with something sweet like grapes, bananas or mango. (Try putting a drizzle of kefir on top for a probiotic punch!)

Smoothies: one of my classic smoothie combos is kiwi, orange and banana. But you can use it in a smoothie anytime you are missing a sour fruit. It’s versatile!

Yogurt topping: add kiwi and strawberry or kiwi and banana to the top of your yogurt.

Parfait: turn the yogurt into a fancy parfait but putting a layer of granola, yogurt and then kiwi and a sweet fruit. Yum!

When using kiwi in desserts that use some amount of cooking, there is one thing to be aware of. Raw kiwi contain actinidain. This is an enzyme that will tenderize meat and break down dairy and gelatin. So don’t leave it sitting on a pana cotta or other dairy products for hours. The kiwi will be hard at work and leave you with something liquefied.


What’s the Easiest Fermented Food to Make?

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A number of newbies to healthy eating and fermented food have asked me “what’s the easiest fermented food to make?” Here’s my take on it:


My pick for the easiest is definitely kombucha. Why? It’s low maintenance, simple recipe, has common ingredients and tastes good.

Kombucha also contains no common allergens like dairy and a culture dependent on dairy. And if you’re busy, you’ll appreciate the lack of chopping. Kombucha is also quite cheap to make – just sugar and tea.

Probably the hardest part of kombucha is getting a scoby but that’s not even too hard. I got mine on Ebay and I’ve also gotten ones from friends. I’ve given them away as well.

If you’ve already done kombucha or want to give it a pass, the next one I’d recommend is kefir. If you’d like to avoid dairy, the next one I’d recommend is a very basic sauerkraut. Just cabbage and salt.

For more videos on kombucha and the rest of it, visit our Fermaculture Youtube Channel.


Should We Still Eat Salmon?

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Salmon is one of those foods thought of as a superfood. It’s widely known for it’s omega 3 properties, DHA and good fats but there are a number of developments leading me to question if this food will disappear from my kitchen.


Farmed VS Fresh Salmon

Anything you can get fresh, wild, sustainable and from its natural surroundings is always the best to eat. When Salmon are wild, the food they are eating is also wild. It’s not messed with, enhanced, or changed into something that is “economically viable”.  Eating wild salmon is great. And delicious! It also can be expensive.

In the past I learned that farmed fish is not so great in a number of locations throughout the world. There are a number of reasons for this. Water quality can be poor and polluting as a result of farming (depends on location), fish food is most often from unsustainable sources and sometimes bizarre, and weird things can be done to the fish (like adding sunscreen for prawns in Thailand).

I had thought that in Australia, the standard to farmed fish would be quite high, and that it may be an option for me. I have discovered this not to be the case and here’s why.

Salmon Farms:

  • use fish food containing things like chicken feathers and other land animal by products
  • use fish food with synthetic colour added.  Without this, the salmon would be white or grey in colour.
  • fish food can drop to the ocean floor, change it and pollute.
  • put stress on the environment and wildlife surrounding the fish farms.


I’m of the opinion that the animal proteins we eat should be from as close to it’s natural setting as possible. For salmon, this means eating salmon  that eats the crustaceans and other natural foods that it should. A healthy diet for a salmon means the best health benefits for us in eating it.

Introduction of Genetically Modified Salmon

In the USA, GMO salmon has been approved to be sold and safe to eat (although it’s not being sold at time of writing). We believe that GMO crops have led to many health problems and environmental problems and so this is a very worrying development.

One big issue with this is the possibility the genetically modified salmon will interbreed with normal salmon. After that, who knows what will be what. A very informed friend on mine has stopped eating salmon specifically for this reason – and they stopped years ago.

So What Should We Do?

This is what I will be doing:

  • eat only Pacific / Alaskan Salmon. (It’s wild caught and not endangered)
  • avoid Atlantic Salmon (it’s farmed or endangered)
  • use walnuts, chia seeds, mackeral or hemp seeds for omega 3
  • use salmon for flavour in a meal rather than a main part of it

If you want to be really active about salmon, you can even contact salmon fisheries letting them know you won’t be buying salmon anymore after the introduction of GMO salmon.

It’s such a beautiful food, let’s hope it continues to be that way.