recently, a good friend convinced me to try my hand at a few new things that can be made at home: kombucha tea and kefir. the kombucha is fermenting on the counter and the grains for the kefir are ready to go as soon as i get myself some raw milk.
when i read the instructions that accompanied the kombucha, i was intimidated-they seemed so technical and unforgiving. then i found instructions online from the website smallnotebook.org. how simple!!! that is as long as you have a friend, like anne, who is willing to give up a scoby so that you can brew your own batch.
another of my favorite things to grow at home, sourdough starter. i started my original batch 2 years ago using grapes from the demo garden where i volunteer each sunday morning. from that original starter, i have a plain starter and by feeding a small portion of it with rye flour and caraway seeds, i have a rye starter too. periodically, they get neglected and i recently had to resurrect them.
and for those of you that know my husband, you know this is all his! he is obsessive about mushrooms and we have inoculate logs around the yard which currently produce shiitakes-aren't the gorgeous? he recently inoculated some logs with oyster and reishi mushrooms.
who knows what will be the next addition. in the mean time, we're having fun and eating lots of good stuff.