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My First Kombucha Batch

Posted in drinks, raw on April 22, 2011 by nosferatofu

Decanted my first (successful) batch of kombucha!  This took a lot longer to process than my first failed batch.  I used the GT Kombucha as the starter culture and their new version must be zapped in some way.  It has grown really slow and is still weak and anemic.  I thought maybe I just had a bum batch but my friend is having the same issue.

It seems to have brewed correctly though, and I probably left it going a few weeks too long….this is a really potent batch.  But it tastes pretty good.

SCOBY – the next generation

Posted in drinks, raw on March 11, 2011 by nosferatofu

So my last kombucha attempt ended in disaster when I discovered fruit fly larva all over the culture.  I was bummed…..it had fermented nicely and was ready to be enjoyed.  Except for the wriggling little bodies all over the SCOBY.

So this time I did not take the stupid advice of the people I got the instructions from.  They said to use a cheese cloth, which is what I did but the weave is too loose, which allowed the fruit fly to crawl in.  This time I used a paper towel with a rubber band to seal it.  Breathable but should keep the little critters out.

Hopefully this next batch will turn out well!

Craving

Posted in dessert, drinks on January 27, 2011 by nosferatofu
chocolate chip hemp milk shake

chocolate chip hemp milk shake

I’m craving a chocolate chip hemp milk shake.  I had one on Sunday and I’m wanting another.  Soooooo tasty.

That’s all I have to share, I had lots of good food this past week and I forgot to photograph any of it 😦

Lipton Tea? I Am Sick With Disgust.

Posted in drinks on December 15, 2010 by nosferatofu

No more Lipton Tea.  These sick bastards need to be tortured in turn.

Link: https://secure.peta.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=3487&c=pfs

Tell the Makers of Lipton Tea to Stop Torturing Animals

Before taking your next sip of tea, check the label on the tea box or bottle because you might discover that you are drinking a cupful of cruelty to animals. The company behind Lipton teas has been testing (and paying others to test) tea—a beverage that has been consumed for thousands of years—on animals. The tea giant has caused animals to suffer and die simply to make health claims about its tea products and ingredients. Not one of the experiments that the company conducted was legally required for beverage makers, and regulators have stated that animal tests are not sufficient to prove a health claim about a product.

In these cruel and painful tests, rabbits, mice, rats, and piglets were tortured and then killed by decapitation and suffocation, among other methods. Following are more of the horrific details about what happened to the animals who were used in the company’s experiments:

  • Rabbits were fed a high-fat, cholesterol-laden diet, leading to extreme hardening of the arteries. They were then fed tea to see if it could reduce the lesions that formed on the animals’ arteries. After the experiment, the rabbits’ heads were cut off.
  • Mice bred to suffer from a painful bowel inflammation were fed tea ingredients in order to see if the tea had any effect on their condition. After the test, experimenters killed the mice by suffocating them or breaking their necks.
  • Rats were forced to eat a high-sugar diet, and then tea was given to the animals to see if it could protect against sugar-induced brain damage. Other rats had their abdominal wall punctured and were fed radioactively labeled tea ingredients through a tube in their stomachs in order to examine the absorption of tea in the body. Then they were killed, frozen with liquid nitrogen, and crushed.
  • Piglets were exposed to E. coli toxin and then fed tea in order to see if the tea could prevent fluid loss and diarrhea. As part of the tests, experimenters cut the pigs’ intestines apart while the animals were still alive. The piglets were then killed.

Modern, cruelty-free research methods are available and in use by other leading beverage companies around the world. We need YOU to join us in telling the makers of Lipton to ditch its crueltea to animals and use non-animal methods instead.

Please take a moment to ask the makers of Lipton tea to stop this cruelty and join Honest Tea, Twinings, Stash Tea, Luzianne Tea, and other companies that don’t experiment on animals.

A SCOBY Is Born

Posted in drinks on December 10, 2010 by nosferatofu

a SCOBY is born

Started my first batch of homemade kombucha. Will be interesting to see how it turns out. For my starter culture I used a bottle of the ready-made kombucha you can buy at any healthy store, which works just as well as paying $20+ to a kombucha store.

More pics to follow….

Shabu Shabu Nom Noms

Posted in asian, dinner, drinks, restaurants, tofu on September 23, 2010 by nosferatofu
post feeding frenzy shabu shabu

post feeding frenzy shabu shabu

It was my friend Alyson’s birthday dinner last Saturday so we all met at a great Japanese Shabu Shabu place in downtown Fullerton.

Mostly people that I know from Bunker and the various clubs but we’ve become friends outside the clubs too.  Lots of fun and great food!

I had the vegetarian dinner with a can of green tea.  That can was super thick….I don’t think the Japanese believe in conserving resources haha.  The waitress looked at me with sympathy after she tried to get me to order the beef.  Sorry lady, beef would make me puke.

matcha coconut iced tea

Posted in birds, drinks on August 31, 2010 by nosferatofu

matcha coconut iced

Nothing much new to say.  I’ll be meeting a friend in downtown Fullerton at a tea house for some refreshing matcha coconut iced tea 🙂

I got a curry plant about a month ago….it smells really good!

curry plant

My birds have been keeping me entertained too!  Hopefully I’ll have more food stuff to share soon 🙂

MY pingu!