I’m currently reading The Big Book of Kombucha by the people from Kombucha Kamp, and I saw that one of their flavor profiles was banana and peanut butter. I think the idea was to flavor the kombucha during second stage fermentation with these ingredients, but I thought that it sounded more like a really awesome smoothie flavor. Since I am addicted to chocolate, I decided to also add some chocolate sauce.
1 dl (3.4 fl.oz) kombucha vinegar (would recommend to try with regular kombucha)
1 whole (peeled) banana
1 tablespoon peanut butter
1 tablespoon italian hazelnut chocolate sauce (could also use Nutella, or any other chocolate sauce).
Although each of these ingredients is super good on its own, for whatever reason, I did NOT like this smoothie at all in the slightest. The kombucha vinegar gave it too much of a bite. Maybe it would taste better with regular kombucha? If anyone tries it with plain kombucha, I would love to receive feedback on how you liked it.
Other than the bite from the vinegar, the smoothie would have been delicious.
Once ruled by gangs, this cute little street in Copenhagen has been taken over by unique shops, including artist galleries, second-hand clothing stores, organic eateries, and cafes.
My boyfriend and I spent hours on this street, just popping into the little shops and browsing. On the weekend there are limited hours (sometimes only 11-2pm), so if you plan to visit, you should pay attention to the opening hours.
Copenhagen is much more expensive than in Austria. In Austria, a good latte can be purchased for around €3-€4 at a cafe. In Copenhagen, we spent around €6 per latte. Since I cannot eat gluten, I left it to my boyfriend to try the Danish pastries. The one depicted below is basically a cinnamon roll, which I am told was delicious. And, since I am addicted to Kombucha, I had to try the coffee Kombucha. It had a very unique flavor which I will definitely have to try to recreate at home.
Brew kombucha like normal, and wait until it becomes vinegar.
Place 1/2 cup of yellow mustard seeds in a jar, and cover them with the kombucha vinegar. It is possible that the seeds will plump up slightly as they soak. If the mustard seeds start popping over the top of the kombucha vinegar, cover them with more kombucha vinegar.
Let the seeds soak for at least 3 days (I waited 6 days).
After waiting the sufficient amount of time, pour the whole jar into the blender
Add 1 1/4 teaspoons tumeric and 1/4 teaspoon salt. I added 1/2 a clove of garlic, but at the end of the day I didn’t like the taste of it in the mustard, so I would say to not use it.
Add 5 teaspoons of honey
Blend. If the consistency is too grainy, keep adding more kombucha vinegar until smooth.
I remember the exact moment when I first tried kombucha. I was in the passenger seat of the car in the parking lot of a Whole Foods in Long Island New York. My ex-husband had bought a rather expensive (something like $3) green carbonated drink, which he said was supposed to be really healthy.
I took a sip and was like, “uck, that’s disgusting!”
It was super sour and the base flavor was not that great. It would be my first taste of G.T.’s, one of the the biggest kombucha brewers in the US.
Since it was supposed to be good for me, when we went back to Whole Foods the next weekend, I tried it again, this time the Passionberry Bliss flavor. My second try went much better, and I was soon hooked!
Since I was on a limited budget (damn law school loans), spending $3 a bottle a day on kombucha (x2 people), was just not in the budget. I was seriously bummed out. However, after doing some research online, I was delighted to discover that I could brew ‘buch at home for a fraction of the price!
Since I have some extra kombucha vinegar laying around, I decided to get creative. Eric and Jessica Childs (founders of Kombucha Brooklyn in New York City) in their book Kombucha! had a really interesting recipe for kombucha mustard. I like mustard, so I decided to give it a shot.
My mom and I had just finished our 5k run / walk at the boardwalk, and we decided to go for lunch. Local Urban Kitchen opened at the Pt. Pleasant location in 2014. In the last four years, I think that I have only been here a couple of times — this was definetely my huge loss!
Everything in the restaurant is locally sourced and is just absolutely fresh and delicious. There are tons of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options, which for me is a huge PLUS! Their website also mentions that the tables and benches are handbuilt and “upcycled” by a local contractor, and the plates are made by a local potter.
Craving good coffee? This place hits the spot. If you are feeling adventurous, you could even try fall inspired flavors like vanilla maple or pumpkin.
What can I say about kombucha that isn’t positive? As a homebrewer and general kombucha lover, I have tried many different flavors and breweries. On tap at the Local Urban Kitchen is Kulture Kombucha‘s lavender mint. They also sell a variety of flavors in bottles. Definetely worth a try!