So, this is Saueressen’s first practical post to Ferment Revolution, aka the Saueressen Knowledge Base, dealing with how to incorporate live-cultured foods in everyday life.
I feel fortunate that tonight’s fare happens to deal with aspects of live-culture food crafting and use that we often ignore: the “waste products.” Really, we should completely eliminate that word waste from our vocabulary and thought patterns — both we and the world would benefit as a result. Tonight’s recipe gives a very tangible example of what happens when we creatively use what we typically throw down the drain or onto the compost pile.
- Wild winter salad featuring Saueressen dilly beets (coming soon!)
- Fennel-sauted white sturgeon
- Veggies in a garlic-herb brine
1. Wild winter salad: kale, brussel sprout greens, dandelions, arugula, sow thistle and kohlrabi coarse-chopped mixed with shredded dilly beets; lemon verbena, parsley, oregano and thyme fine-chopped; hothouse pickle dressing with vinegar and olive oil. Live-active cultures via the pickle juice and dilly beets.
2. Fennel-braised white sturgeon: coarse-chopped onion, carrots, and fennel stems browned and braised in pan w/white sturgeon and fennel seed; deglazed w/veggie brine
3. Veggies in garlic-herb brine: pan browned broccoli and summer squash with garlic and rosemary; deglazed, steamed and salted with veggie brine.
Heavenly, very satisfying meal. I paid $8 for the wild-caught sturgeon and negligable $$ for everything else (the expensive stuff came out of the garden).
about 1hr total, including gathering and processing ingredients. I have ~2-3 more meals out of it. 15-20 min per meal? Not bad.
Makes use of every aspect of live-culture food production: the excess brines, the veggies themselves, and the leftover sour pickle juice (a great savory substitue for lemon juice!). I can only guess at the nutrient density (the brines add lots of nutrients), but it *feels* fantastic.
I’ve only started cataloging live-culture food recipes. How do you incorporate live-culture foods into your life?