Lizzie’s Kombucha Adventures in brewing the brew

Three weeks ago, I started to grow a baby SCOBY. She is all grown up now and ready to brew! Everyone, please meet Morticia!  Yes, I named my SCOBY. If you’ve been following my blog posts, you will see that I also named my sourdough starters. These are living organism and they deserve names.  …

Lizzie’s Kombucha Adventure — SCOBY baby adventures

No… I’m not pregnant.  I haven’t had a child and named him/her SCOBY. Nope. What’s happening in Lizzie’s Lair you ask.  A new science experiment. That’s right folks, I’m growing my own SCOBY so I can start brewing Kombucha. Like the sourdough, I have been researching the crap out of this. I think for anyone…

Butter me up, Vegan style

Another step towards to being processed food free is to cut out store bought, processed condiments. The last few things on my list to learn how to make are Vegan butter, Vegan sour cream, Vegan mayo, ketchup, mustard and also tofu, Vegan yogurt and tomato paste. The one thing I will likely keep buying is…

Lizzie’s Breadmaker Buns!

No. This isn’t click bait. You can actually make buns in your breadmaker. Well, the dough for the buns. The breadmaker does all the work of kneading for you. Then once the dough is ready, all you need to do is divide the dough, shape it, then let it rise a bit and bake!  I…

Lizzie’s Basic Seitan Sausage Recipe

Where do you get your protein they ask. You can’t get vitamin B12 from plants they say. I get my daily limit of both right here! No animals were harmed or consumed. Raise your hand if you are tired of being asked that question. I have been making Seitan Sausages for many years and this…

Lizzie’s Black Bean Burger Recipe

I finally made a grillable burger recipe!  Yeah!  Do you know how frustrating it is to take your hand-formed, beautifully looking burger patties out to the BBQ and have them fall apart!  So, very, frustrating.   These burgers can be grilled (though I suggest a grill pan of some sort, they may stick to the…

Sourdough Bread Baking Round #2

After making my first loaf of sourdough bread I was away for a few weeks. I was initially worried that my starters may not survive without a weekly feeding but they were fine. I feed Wilma and Fred and they immediately jumped to life.  It was such a glorious feeling. Yesterday I started my second every…

I will become a sourdough bread baking master!

Excited to try making my first loaf from the sourdough starter, I researched, read articles and watched various YouTube channels on how to make a loaf of sourdough bread.  This process isn’t for the faint of heart. It can take 5 to 7 days to make a starter… or more. (see my previous post).  Once…

Adventures in Sourdough

Once upon a time in a land far, far away, I lived a life filled with a grand fear of making bread. Seems odd considering both my grandmothers were master bread bakers and eventually my mother would become one as well. I spent my childhood watching them make bread and I managed to get the…

The Slime Of It!

Food confession: I hate slimy food. All of the slimy food. As a child I hated eggs for this reason and before becoming Vegan I would only eat eggs, if they were scrambled and to the point of being dry. (possibly another sign that I shouldn’t have been eating eggs). If a food is slimy,…

Say Cheese

One of the hardest things for me to give up when I went from Vegetarian to Vegan seventeen years ago — was cheese. Raise your hand if you were in the same cheese boat. For years after, I would actually have these powerful cravings for a double cheese pizza. Not to worry, I never caved….

Not Vegan Now Vegan

Recently we had a house party for my boyfriend’s birthday. I made an array of hot h’orrorduerves. The table was filled with many delicious vegan dishes such as loaded nachos, complete with nacho sauce, guacamole, salsa and sour cream. Cauliflower BBQ sauce wings, spring rolls, blue cheese dip, spicy sweet chili pepper sauce, cheese ball with…