Saturday, May 30, 2020

Basics of Kitchen Gardening

Here’s what we covered in our first session on “Basics of Kitchen Garden”. 



Following are some amazing photographs from the Kitchen Garden of Ms. Sarika Panda, who shared her story that how was he able to convert a dumping ground into a beautiful garden:






















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Sunday, May 24, 2020

Hacks to instantly increase nutrition in mushrooms

Summary of our Webinar - Hacks to instantly increase nutrition in mushrooms

What all did we cover?



Nutritional value of mushrooms


Steps to make your own protein + Vitamin D supplement

How to use the supplement?

It can be used in three-forms:

The powder form can be used as a salad salt and flakes can be used as breakfast cereal, in soup, noodles, etc. It’s important that the flakes/dried mushrooms are rehydrated before use!

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Make your own Ginger Beer & Fermented Tea

Missing Beer in the lockdown? 

Well, here’s the summary of our last Microbial Saturday Webinar - Making your own Probiotic Ginger Beer and Tea!

What all did we cover?


Steps to make the Ginger Bug

What do you need?

  • 100 to 250 grams grated ginger
  • 5 to 8 tbsp white sugar
  • 3 cups water 
  • glass jar 

Steps

When do we know that the Ginger Bug is ready to use?

You will notice bubbles and it will smell vinegary! 

Let us feed the Bug now with the steps below:

Steps to make Ginger Beer

Steps to make Fermented Tea

Some Precautions



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Mushrooms and Mystery

Here we are - sharing the summary of our Midweek mushrooming Webinar which happened on 13th May, 2020. The webinar opened discussions on ‘Mysterious mushrooms’, how they are so unique and hold a special place in the ecosystem and their spiritual significance. A discussion so significant, but rarely done! 

In the first part of the webinar, we explored the invisible network of fungi and how they are so significant to nature! 

All of us would have heard of the fact that every living being survives on the earth by being interdependent on each other. We see the interdependence in the form of food webs, energy webs and via so many other connections! Morning and evening time we see birds chirping out aloud and we think that they are talking to each other. 



Something that would amaze you is the fact that not only birds or animals talk but even trees in forests talk to each other through the soil. And do you know how they converse with each other? - Via an invisible network of fungi! Through the network of the fungi, the entire forest acts as one single consciousness. A complete ecosystem, a complete life - where everything and everyone is interdependent! 




Fungi is an invisible microorganism! Mushrooms too are a form of fungi - but we are able to see it with our naked eyes. They are in fact the only microorganism visible to a naked eye! Most of the fungi remains in the soil but only some pop up from the Earth surface when they have to reproduce. And mushrooms are the ones which help them multiply. So, we can say that mushrooms are a natural indication for the fungi to reproduce, enabling further connection in the forest ecosystem. They are the souls of the earth!

Let us go in a bit more depth to understand the fungi within the soil and mushrooms! The following diagram will help us in understanding that - 






This image is the life cycle of the fungi which they mostly spend underground in the form of networks in soil. This is called the “vegetative phase” of their life cycle. In this phase their cells are loosely packed & scattered. Hence, they are invisible. While forming a reproductive part (which is known as mushroom), their cells are packed tightly enough that we see them with the naked eye.

Like neuron connections in the human brain which transmit signals to each other, the trees in the forests too are talking to each other by sending signals via this network of fungi and mushrooms. Forests are thus World’s largest organisms!







This got us to the end of the first part of our Webinar! For the remaining part, we unfolded their visible form, which is the mushroom fruit itself. We understood what ancient traditions say about mushrooms, and what science has to say about them!

Let’s explore the world of mushrooms a bit -










Finally, we ended the Webinar with a small activity. Since, we discussed so much about mushrooms and the neuroscience behind it, the topic would have been incomplete without stimulating a live experience for the participants. So, the session ended with a guided meditation with binaural beats. This binaural beat was designed to mimic the frequencies that our brain encounters after consuming these powerful mushrooms! 

We definitely enjoyed the session and we look forward to unfolding much more about Mushrooms - for us and for you all! 

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Monday, May 18, 2020

Microbe Miracle!!

Summary and Results of Our Webinar last Saturday! 



Happy News!!

We would like to begin this post with the outcome of our last Webinar! One of the participants shared this picture of the freshly baked bread by her, post our conversations from our Saturday Webinar:


We would like to congratulate our participant and are eagerly waiting for the rest of the participants to share their DIY pictures sooooon! :) 

So now we will share what we covered in our last “Microbial Saturday” Webinar! 

What we covered? 



It was fun interacting with all the participants about wild-yeast! We will be hosting similar webinars in the future as well, so join us for more information on wild-yeast! 

We will share the recipe to make the wild yeast starter in this post. This wild yeast starter can be used in any recipe that calls for “Yeast” - So get ready for some fun!!

What do you need? 

- JUST TWO INGREDIENTS! (Hard to believe, right?)

3 tbsp water, 3 tbsp flour, a transparent glass! We need to mix the ingredients in the given ratio:
1 part water: 1 part flour

Steps to follow

Step 1: Add the ingredients to the glass

Step 2: Mix thoroughly 

Step 3: Cover the glass with cloth and seal with a rubber band, and leave it undisturbed for 24 hours! 

When do we know if the wild-yeast is ready to use?


Where to use this recipe?

This recipe can be used for anything that calls for yeast, and not just bread! Just add twice as much store bought yeast! 

Recipe for making “Multi-grain bread”

What do you need?

2 tbsp wild yeast (prepared above), 1 cup maida, 1 cup multigrain flour of your choice, water for kneading.

Steps

Step 1: Knead all the above ingredients like normal flour

Step 2: Leave for 12 hours to rise 

Step 3: Bake at 400 degree Fahrenheit for 20 minutes! 

And there you are! Ready with your bread! :) 

What other dishes can you make using the recipe? 

Well, get ready for the mouth-watering dishes!!! 




Yum! :) 

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Sunday, May 17, 2020

Composting Basics Webinar

Here’s what we covered in our Composting webinar on 9th May, 2020:



The four steps to composting:

Here’s what you do to identify a composting spot:


For preparing the composting bin:


Let’s now segregate the waste:

And now let’s start adding the waste:

Let’s use these tips and checklist:


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