by Emily Coalson
Fact #1: I love tea. I drink it every day. I cherish it. I depend on it for comfort, stability and 20 bucks when I’m down on my luck.
Fact #2: Fermented foods are very good for you. They help balance the flora in your gut, and maybe the fauna in there, too, if you eat live bugs (ew).
Fact #3: Fermented tea (kombucha) is good for you, delicious AND costs a lot of money at the store.
Fact #4: I’m terrible at growing plants, but a wizard at growing bacteria in the kitchen.
Therefore, egged on by the continuous stream of articles and blogs encouraging me to make and eat fermented foods, and my success in creating my own sourdough culture, I decided I should start home brewing my own fermented tea. Continue reading
This meal is a classic example of Primal in a Pinch home cooking. We get CSA deliveries (Farm Fresh To You) and so can’t always control the produce that comes into the kitchen. That necessitates some creativity in the kitchen, and I dare say we’ve gotten pretty good at making great meals out of disparate elements. These Eggplant Burgers are a great example!
We’re gonna start this blog off right with our trip to Stone Brewing Co (stonebrew.com, 1999 Citracado Parkway, Escondido, CA 92029). After a long couple of days with a fairly intermittent eating schedule (1 or 2 meals per day), we splurged a bit on this meal.
-Local, seasonal, organic ingredients, and well-sourced beef, poultry and pork.
-A separate gluten-free menu, including a vegan, gluten-free dessert (I know!).
-Beautiful, indoor/outdoor atmosphere and a garden to walk in!
-Friendly, accommodating servers who are open to making substitutions.
-Most menu items have (you guessed it!) beer as an ingredient.
-The menu changes depending on what’s seasonal, so you can’t count on the same menu items we discuss here being available when you go. Still, you CAN count on great quality ingredients, prepared carefully. Continue reading