Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Homemade Sauerkraut Recipe/ Step by Step

Homemade sauerkraut is one of the easiest and least expensive options to add probiotics to our diet. Plus, I just noticed that making sauerkraut is a great arm workout. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘ Have you ever had the experience of making your own sauerkraut yet? All you need is cabbage, salt and a jar. I used sea salt. That’s all!
Basically, massaging shredded cabbage with salt (~10 minutes) The salt pulls the water out of it. Keeping it submerged under the liquid in an oxygen free environment without killing the Lactobacillus. The lactic acid fermentation allows the good bacteria to stay.
Perfect for layering into a sandwich. Delicious, benefitful and crunchy.


1 head of cabbage 
2 tbsp sea-salt 
Spring water (just a little if needed)

*Start with really clean tools and knead the cabbage with clean hands.
*Discard the wilted, limp, outer leaves of the cabbage. (Save one or two leaves for later)
* Shred the cabbage and transfer it to a large bowl.
* Add salt and knead, squeeze with your hands very well.
* Transfer to a jar ( two-quart)
* Press and make sure there is no air in the shredded cabbage.
* Be sure that the cabbage stays submerged in liquid.
* Add spring water if needed.
* Use the reserved leaves to cover and press down the shredded cabbage.
* Cover the jar with a clean cloth and use a rubber band to secure it.
* Letting the cabbage ferment at room temperature (for beneficial bacteria to grow)
* Keep the jar in a cool and dark place for the best result.
* Over the next 24 hours, press the cabbage every few hours ( I use a jam jar filled with rocks) or use a wooden spoon.
* Store the jar for 3-10 days. Make sure that the liquid level is high enough after 24 hours. If you need to add water, dissolve one teaspoon salt in a cup of  water. The kraut will continue to ferment and became tastier after.

*If you see a layer of mold on the outer leaves, don’t worry, simply discard it. Your sauerkraut is still ok. Unless it smells off.
* When you see bubbles, foam and white scum on the surface of your sauerkraut is normal, a sign of healthy fermentation. ๐Ÿ‘
* Start tasting it after 3 days. If you think the taste is good, refrigerate it. You can eat it every stage of the process.

The sauerkraut will last for months in the fridge. So, let’s make a big batch next time ๐Ÿ˜ 

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Creamy Green Lentil Soup

A bowl of homemade soup brings a bunch of benefits together to your body with natural ingredients. Can soups are high in sodium and often contain the chemical BPA. Nothing is better than a bowl of homemade hot soup to warm up in a rainy day. It was raining cats and dogs here, yesterday. We all love this soup! Do yourselves and your loved ones a favor, get in the kitchen, make your own soup and serve them a bowl of health benefits today ๐Ÿต

1 cup dry green lentil (rinsed)
1 carrot (chopped)
1 onion (chopped)
2 garlic gloves (crushed)
1 red potato (chopped)
4 cups of water,

2 bay leaves๐Ÿƒ
1/2 tsp black pepper,
2 flakes fresh mint/ chopped or
1/2 tsp dry mint

Sea salt
1tsp hazelnut oil (or olive oil)
1 cup milk ๐Ÿฅ›  (regular or non dairy)
Cream for garnish ( or vegan sour cream)


Put lentil, potato, carrot, onion, garlic in a bowl and add water. Simmer until all the vegetables are soft.  Remove the bay leaves. Use blender to purรฉe the mixture. Add milk, spice, oil, salt and cook until boiled. Serve into the bowls and garnish with cream. Easy, healthy, delicious ๐Ÿ˜‹ nourishing and comforting. Mmmmmm ๐Ÿ˜‹

 Being in the kitchen 
can be turned into joyful time 
spent alone.
Happy cooking!

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Acer Aspire VX 15 Laptop๐ŸŽ„Happy Holidays!

An enjoyable gaming laptop we just got. I’ll be honest with you guys. It is more than we expected for this money. My son is good at comparing prices/ alternatives and finding out the best one for our budget and for his needs.

It has two large stylized fan vents at the back to keep this system cool. It is a nice looking laptop. Acer gave the VX 15 body a "gaming system" look and you’ll enjoy playing games with this laptop.

Another plus of the design is; its spacious keyboard along with a small number pad. The keys have a good amount of travel with a red backlit keyboard which my son said makes playing games more enjoyable. Acer VX 15 delivers respectable gaming performance.

The body is mostly plastic even though it looks like metal. It seems Acer did a great job giving it a more premium appearance. Display size; 15.6 -inch, resolution; 1920x1080 display
The only bad part is that it has an IPS panel but it’s a bit disappointing.

Other than that Aria loves his new gaming laptop. He says ‘thumbs up!’ I believe, it made the best Christmas ๐ŸŽ for him this year.

Main Specifications:
Intel Core i7-7700HQ 2.8 GHz
16 GB Ram
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050

The Logitech G430 headset made him happier as a bonus. It is comfortable enough to wear for hours and has a stellar mic.

A few pics from last week while driving through around Cesme/ Aegean/ Turkey.

Germiyan houses are known for their floral paintings in the style of a famous ceramic artist, Felicja Curylowa. And a popular destination for windsurfers..Alacati Port!

Gaming without any ๐Ÿช break? In this season? Oh, come on!! No matter our ages and dietary plans we are in, cookies make us happy, right?

Besides, I made most of them gluten free+vegan+paleo.

He waits for the chocolate swirl pumpkin pie๐Ÿ˜ Coming through !! ๐Ÿ‘จ‍๐Ÿณ

yonca's kitchen is 10 years old

Happy Holidays!!!


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