Tapping the Oak Kombucha Barrel & Taste Verdict, Aloe Plant, Chocolate Mail, Using Craigslist and Ebay, 5 Wacky Wed. Facts
Posted Jul 28 2010 5:09pm
Hi Friends! How is your Hump Day? Mine has been good and productive. I actually went to the gym today rather than using My New Bowflex . Skylar was begging to go because on the weekends she's with Scott while I workout, and Monday and Tuesday I worked out at home, and so after four days of not going to Kid's Club (the gym daycare) she was chomping at the bit to go, so we did. I had a great workout at the gym. Probably because I had a few days off from it. Now that I am mixing it up between home and gym, so I guess I can appreciate the gym experience a bit more now. Variety is the spice of life except when it comes to grunting, smelly dudes.
After the gym, I had to pick up a few TJ's items and I saw this Aloe Plant for $3.99 and thought it would be perfect for my kitchen. I tried to explain to Skylar that the plant has "medicine" in it. I tried to explain there is healing juice inside it and that if we get a cut, we can put the plant's juice on it to help us heal. She is still a little confused how a plant that has "sharp pokeys" can heal you. Kind of a non sequitur, I agree.
Today a lady came over and picked up a Scoby Mushroom Mother from me. I fetched one, and some "starter juice", from my Kombucha Mushroom Hotel that lives on my coutertop.
Layers of shrooms!
I put an ad on Craigslist a few days ago and she was the first person who replied to it. She wants to start brewing her own and needed a scoby. Perfect, I've got plenty . I'd actually love to start selling my kombucha since I have more than I need but I don't have time to sit at a farmer's market and so far no bites on my Craigslist ad to buy any.
It's been almost a week, and it was time to take a few sips from the Kombucha that's been brewing in my New Oak Barrel
Tappin' the keg, baby!
Verdict: It's insanely good. For those of you who think you "don't like kombucha", please come to San Diego and try mine.
It does not taste like vinegar, dirty feet, old shoes, it's not bitter, it's not sour. It's delicious!
I would say that the oak barrel fermentation has caused it to taste like a mix between chardonnay wine + hard cider + kombucha, all rolled into one. If I do say so myself, it's amazing.
And yes, it has alcohol in it, and yes, you will catch a buzz if you drink too much or you're a total lightweight like me...hah! There are worse things than getting your buzz on while you get your fermented beverage on. Most kombucha ferments have between .5 to 3% alcohol. I have no idea where mine falls. Nor do I care. Alcohol is simply a byproduct of the anaerobic process called fermentation. It's science at work!
Skylar loves my homemade kombucha, too! I have some batches which I under-ferment and have more sugar, less alcohol, in them. I usually give her those. But I don't give her more than 3-4 oz a day. There's more alcohol in vanilla extract than there is in kombucha anyway!
Apparently drinking kombucha puts 3 year olds in a dancing mood!
After we gave the Craigslist lady a Scoby, and drank our 'booch, it was time to open the mail. I was happy to find Chocolate from Sarris Candies !
And then I asked you about Food Labels . Most of you said you read food labels not necessarily because you're allergic/intolerant to certain foods, but because you don't want to ingest chemicals, crap, and Franken-Foods! I agree! We all seem to glance at labels and if the ingredient list is just too long or has things you have no idea what they even are, you simply put the product back on the shelf and don't even bother reading the entire label.
To the question of reading food labels because of food allergies and companies who are mislabeling foods as Gluten Free or free from soy, dairy, nuts, etc. when they are not, either by oversight, ignorance, or knowingly doing it but turning a blind eye, whatever the reason, I think it's awful!
Why do they need to put wheat in rice cakes?
I forgot to tell you this story yesterday but it's important to me share what can happen to people who are exposed to foods they are allergic to...
When I was in my mid 20s, I went out to an Asian restaurant and ordered a vegetarian stir fry. Basically just sauteed veggies and some rice. Well, turns out that it was cross-contaminated with Shellfish and I went into anaphalactic shock. My airway started swelling shut, I was covered in hives and welts all over my body for a week; my nose, face, and eyes all swelled, and I couldn't breathe. I ended up in the Emergency Room and without medical intervention to help me breathe, could have died. Food allergies are not a joke!
I hate it that companies can get away with improper food labeling! I am not going to die from ingesting gluten; I will live in the bathroom, be a total bitch, be moody and irritable because of the horrific stomach ache and brain fog that will result, my joints swell up for a week, and lots more unpleasantness occurs, but I won't die. Shellfish, I may die. A reader wrote in to say her son ended up in the ER after mislabeled ingesting mislabeled bread with eggs in it.
Ilana brought up a good point about the Food Should Taste Good Chips I mentioned bother me and I think this translates into most all commercially prepared food:
"Food Should Taste Good chips - they're marked Kosher Dairy which they say is because all the chips are processed in a facility that processes dairy, which to me indicates that they're not careful at all about cross contamination, even though they only produce one chip with dairy in them."
Thanks to all of you who said that you believe in tougher standards for food labeling ! Sarena and so many others who commented, you and I are all on the same page! Not only because of allergic reactions but also for overall health. We all want to know exactly what's in our food!
As for Exotic or Unusual Foods , quite a few of you had eaten Snails/Escargot but said the Garlic Butter Sauce drowned out any Snail-ish flavors!
Eden ate chicken feet (not fingers) by accident Gabriela has had : "frog's legs, calves' brains, foie gras, steak tartare. That's what you get for having a Francophile mother. I've tried jellyfish salad, sea urchin and other weird sushi items willingly though." Christine has had Alligator And Sophia loves her durian
Moving On... My Green Food: Romaine, Asparagus, Brussels, Sugar Snaps Peas, Tomatoes, and Cukes and Yellow Mustard. The mustard drizzle is as exotic as I've gotten lately...haha!
Questions 1. Have you ever bought or sold anything on Ebay or Craigslist?Or found anything for Free? I love to de-clutter, purge, pare down, and keep around only what I need so Iam very familiar with selling things on Ebay and CL. I try to sell what I can before I donate it, i.e. Scott's Droid phone he just told me he doesn't want.
I use CL for bigger items, household goods and furniture from a washer and dryer to beds to bikes and tons more. I have used Ebay to sell electronics and smaller items that are more easily shipped. I have also bought tons on Ebay and CL from cell phones, lamps, dishes, clothing, purses, a new breast pump, you name it, I've bought it! I always check Amazon & Ebay if I have a specific item in mind that I want to see if I can find an especially good deal on it.
Do you use Ebay or Craigslist? Or any other similar sites? What have you bought or sold?
2. Have you ever had an aloe plant? Anything special I need to know about keeping it alive? Hopefully not because as I mentioned here , I frankly get scared off from plants if they require anything "special" from me...hah!
3. My Wacky Wednesday 5 Facts: 1. I have to have my pillows fluffedjust perfectly and can't fall asleep until my pillows are just right. 2. I re-use plastic/ziplock baggies 3. I shave every day. I have tried going every other, but I hate stubble. 4. I keep my cell phone on silent most of the time and just let my calls go to voicemail. I actually don't get that many calls since most people email or text me. 5. I have a really expensive juicer that I never use because I hate cleaning it. Juice pulp just sticks everywhere and I hate dealing with it.
Let's Have Some Fun...what are your 5 Wacky Wednesday Facts?