Let’s Get Cultured- Easy Fermented Foods Recipe Book

Hey Bliss Bombs,

I’m so excited to share the release of this awesome new fermented foods book with you. I had the grand opportunity of contributing recipes alongside experts, health advocates and chefs like Donna Gates and Kevin Gianni.

The book, “Cultured: Make Healthy Fermented Foods at Home” boasts recipes like watermelon kimchi, homemade miso, kombucha, and the healthiest of chocolates, kefirs and MORE. Plus, this stuff seriously tastes great.

But it’s not just about recipes. This is a very user-friendly compilation of history, how-to’s and what-for’s on fermented foods, and I’m so grateful to be a part of it.

Kevin Gianni (editor of this gorgeously delicious) book says that “Fermented Foods May Be the Healthiest, Most Affordable and Easiest to Make Superfoods on the Planet.” And, I couldn’t agree more. You know I love these foods for more than just their taste. They totally helped save our family from autism , candida, acne, seizures, acid reflux and so much more.

Please let me know if you have any questions about fermented foods and their use in healing your family. I am happy to share.

You didn’t think I’d leave you without a recipe, did ya? Never. Check out this one from the book:

Contributed by Shira Locarni (superfoods-for-superhealth.com)


Homemade Garbanzo Miso Recipe

5 cups dried garbanzo beans, soaked overnight (traditional soy is used, see side note*)
1 cup sea salt
3 tbsp unpasteurized miso
5 cups koji
1 cup cooking liquid

Equipment:

A one gallon glass jar or a crock of similar size
Plate, lid or wooden disk that fits snugly inside the jar
Heavy weight or clean rock
Thick cotton cloth to cover everything

Cook the beans until soft. Strain and save 1 cup of the cooking liquid. Allow beans to cool and dry in a strainer for an hour or two. Process beans in a food processor for desired texture.

Dissolve 3/4 cup sea salt into 1 cup cooking liquid to make a brine. Mash the 3 tbsp unpasteurized miso into 1 cup brine. Mix brine (containing salt and 3 tbsp miso) with the koji.

In a big bowl, add processed beans to this brine mixture. This is your miso.

Packing for Fermentation: (I often do this part first while the garbanzos are cooling.)

Wet the sides of the jar slightly with hands dipped in water. Place some salt inside the side of jar, put the lid on or cover, and shake it around, coating all sides and bottom of jar or crock with a salt layer. Pack the miso into the crock/jar with clean hands, press down firmly. Spread a generous layer of salt over the top. Place the flat object on top and put the weight on top of that. Cover with cloth and secure well with a tight rubber band, string or tape.

You have the option to continue the fermentation process, and like with fine wine, it only gets better with time. If you decide to continue fermentation for another year it is good to test it out and repack it again with salt.

Miso years are calculated by the number of summers it has aged. So, if you have gone through one summer of fermentation, then you have one year old miso. I like to start my miso projects in the spring time, so they are ripe and ready to experience the warmer temps of summer when they tend to be more active.

*You can make this recipe using soy beans as well. Just be sure to use organic soy, since there is less chance of genetically modified contamination.

What is koji and where can I find it?

Koji is a Japanese rice on which koji mold spores have been cultivated. This process allows for the fermentation of koji rice, which is the primary ingredient in sake. Although koji spores can be bought, they usually have to be bought from specialty importers. However, fermented koji rice that has already been inoculated with the spores can be found at your local Asian grocery.

Helpful Tips:

It is important that your miso is packed tightly, free from oxidation and protected by the salt layer. The cloth will also help to keep out impurities and unwanted bacteria.

Label your crock/jar with the date. Store the jar in a cellar, basement or other cool, dark spot where it will remain undisturbed. Have patience and ferment for one year. (See “miso years” above.) Open, scrap off top layer and celebrate with family and friends… your very first batch of homemade miso!! It should smell rich and savory like tamari. Pack it in clean, glass jars with plastic lids and refrigerate or store in a cool place.

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Namaste,
Gina

365 Books to Bliss: Books # ??? -!!! Update

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How many years have passed since mid January? For me, it’s been a L O N G, short, electrically delicious month of coming to know more about my true self, learn patience with the journey and really revel in the warmth of true friendships and supporting  friends and clients.

In other words — it’s been crazy dude. And the reading is kickin my a$$.

I thought I’d re-cap you on what I’ve read so far.. all here in one swoop.

I’ll begin with the grown-up books.. and they are in no particular order.

Book 10: Reiki And The Healing Buddha By, Maureen Kelly

It took me months to get passed the first 30 pages. but, I tried again and surprisingly I got through t he whole shabang in several hours. This book is very esoteric and confusing at points because the author, at first, seemed to be speaking as if her interpretation was fact.

That said… I LOVED this book. Maureen Kelly goes beyond what many of us consider the foundation of Reiki and brings in the connection Healing Buddha.  I felt very connected  to spirit the whole time I read it (this time), and loved how she over-analyzed every little bit about how we draw the Reiki symbols, Tons of food for thought here for anyone considering the Reiki Life seriously.

Book 11: Simply Psychic By, Ann caufield

This is a VERY simple and excellent book that includes exercises for beginning psychics to hone their skills. I have already incorporated some of her teachings.

Book 12: Crazy Sexy Diet By, Kris Carr

This woman can write! I’m at the very least relieved to read something on health that is so fun to read. I found some references in the book that went against my own training, and it made me think about all of the many varieties of truth that we have available to us. Kris’s so savvy with the green talk — If you are looking for a raw vegan cleanse, she really does cover all the bases, makes it fun and incorporates affirmations, body work and even mentions Reiki.

 

I’m gonna leave you here for a moment because my next 2 books are about vaccines and I’m pretty shaken by them.

 

xoxo

 

G

365 Book to Bliss: Book 7 – “Atlantis Revelation” By, Thomas Greanias

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Whoopsy! Someone said it’s Monday night, and I’m still punch drunk on The Red Tent which was 3 books ago.   That book’s still pulsing through my veins, and revealing tiny secrets in my dreams.  It’ll be a while before I’m over that one.  Some books are like that. I hope mine are like that.

“The Atlantis Revelation” is what my hubby tossed at me Friday afternoon, when I sent him to the library for “A Wrinkle in Time“. Apparently there are 2000 awesome books written and none of them exist at my local library. The man in my life chose “The Atlantis Revelation,” because he knows I’m obsessed with the ancient city.

Is Atlantis a myth? Where is it? Who lived there, and can we tap into those powers today? Well, I have my theories, but you won’t discover the in this book.

What you will get is plenty of action, nunnery, sex, Vatican stuff, murder, mystery, money , mayhem and some tidbits about healing stones (which really suited my fancy) . It’s 300 + pages, and I was impressed that it felt like much less. It flowed awesomely and was very well written.  I kinda felt like I was reading the Da Vinci Code’s cousin. If you are looking for something light (if murder can be light, this is) that will take u  on a trip from your day — go for this book.

It ain’t literature, but it’s sinfully loveable.

All this reading is helping me get a much deeper  grasp on what I want from my own writing and how I want to spend my time. I have to admit – -I really do wish I had read “On the Road” again for the zillionth time, instead of reading this. But, that’s me.

I’m reading 365 Books this year.. what are you reading?

365 Books to Bliss: Book 5 — “Rich Dad Poor Dad” By, Robert Kiyosaki

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Found this one at the local thrift and remembered how popular it was when it came out.  As an entrepreneur and life coach, I NEED to keep educated on money matters.

I Loooooved about 97 pages of this book, then, for me it got dull. In the beginning, Kiyosaki introduced me to a new way of looking at cash flow — with words instead of numbers.  Wow that was helpful! And the lesson to “buy only assets, not liabilities” was an eye opener.  He explains how lots of us, especially those who don’t quite strike it rich –buy liabilities like cars and houses. I have neither (by choice), so I figure I’m on the road to millions.

When the book was good, I learned a lot, and that is important. If this book was written today (not in 1997), it may have included some info about how our thoughts create our world. After all, he does say that it is our view of money and its power that creates our relationship with it.  It’s all about attitude, isn’t it? He hints at this throughout.

He then spends lots of time teaching about what we can invest in and how to know if it’s  right for you.  Investments like stocks, bonds and real estate seem to be big for him personally. But, he says you gotta love  what you invest in.

It’s kinda funny to me, because I actually think its a whole lot easier to get rich than what he explains. I think old systems are changing because they no longer work, and the door is open for a new kind of bazillionaire.

That said — there are still plenty of peeps making it work by owning huge corporations like McDonalds, who are using their money to literally kill their people and their planet with GMO foods, toxic chemicals and such — but, the very foundation that these systems are built on is shaking. Maybe in 1997 it was still honorable to be the owner of McDonalds, and own a monopoly on the world’s supply of  potatoes  apples and beef. I don’t know. I was in High School then and sharing a 2 cheeseburger meal  with my friends  after school with the money I made working.

Sales are huge. These people can sell anybody on anything. But, you too can sell your ideas.

If we take that mental leap, and say “I am rich” that does wonders! I believe in making my money work for me, and even if I only have $100, you best believe that that $100 will be making me $200 or more.  The rich dad attitude would agree with that too.

Today, there are tons of people who are just waking up out of an unconscious state of being and  have inherited debt and poor money management from that time in their lives. (Um. like me).

So how do you catch up, get rich and change your relationsship with money?

here are my simple rules:

  • Think rich with an attitude of gratitude (not only is it already yours, but you are grateful for it)
  • Scrap every liability you can (for my hubby and me — this even meant cell phones)
  • Create a spiritual connection with money: money is simply energy and you need it to fulfill your purpose, right? Know that the universe knows this, and you will be taken care of. (this will happen most successfully when you are in alignment with the youest you)
  • Make your money work for you (are u an entrepreneur? can  you use your home for an office? Can you teach classes about your profession at home)
  • Take the risk of unlearning what you used to think about money… get coaching or team up with people who know what they are doing and succeeding in today’s world

There’s so much ore to write on this subject. Our Blissed Life program goes deeper into  how to achieve financial freedom. And, we will be sharing more advice here too.  Until then… think  ” Thank goodness that I am rich and my money works for me,” and see where that gets you today!

I’m  reading 365 books this year…woah!

Namaste,

Gina