Welcome to Fermenting for Foodies! I’m Emillie, and this is my website dedicated to all things deliciously fermented.
I came to the world of fermented foods through my family. Between the four of us we were either allergic or intolerant to a huge list of foods, from celery to sulfites, from shellfish to eggs, and a whole lot of other things in-between. We also all suffered from a host of autoimmune conditions, eczema and sensitive digestive systems. We had trips to the pediatric allergist, the hospital and pretty much every alternative practitioner available.
In the end it was our Family Physician who suggested that we start eating fermented foods. Though we had tried a number of probiotic supplements without much success, and my knowledge of fermented foods was limited to beer, wine and yogurt, I was willing to try anything.
In 2014, I made a resolution to feed my family something fermented at every meal.
After checking out every fermented food cookbook available in our library, local bookstore and on the internet I quickly realized that there was a problem. It seemed like everyone was so focused on the health benefits of fermented foods that no one was really focused offering a variety of delicious recipes! So I started this blog as a way to document my family’s fermentation adventure and to share some of our delicious fermentation-based recipes.
Just three short years later, fermentation has made a huge resurgence with many people offering delicious recipes and fermented products. And my family is also doing so much better with our digestive issues. Most of our food intolerances are gone, and my kids aren’t even reacting to all of their diagnosed allergies! (Perhaps growing up played a part, but I can’t help thinking that our fermentation friendly diet helped!) I’m still gluten free, so many of my recipes are gluten free; however, the wheat eaters around here do make a mighty fine sourdough.
I am a stay-at-home mom with two busy kids and a love of cooking. Like so many stay-at-home parents, I am always torn between feeling like every day is a holiday and wondering how much longer I’ll be able to keep it all together.
However, I am not easily summed up by my wooden spoon and apron. I am a child of my generation, and I have spent most of my life, thus far, exploring a few random experiences.
- I’ve got a Master’s in Neuroscience (love science).
- I live in Ireland for 2 years.
- I cycled all over Europe on a tandem bicycle.
- I love to write fiction, garden and bicycle my kids around town in my boxbike.
These are my favourite ferments. You will always find them somewhere in my house, though not always in the kitchen because I like to tuck ferments into closets all over my house.
Feel free to donate if you enjoy the website. I appreciate the recognition, and I will use all monies received to directly help to cover the cost of hosting Fermenting for Foodies. (I’ve only made $137 thus far… and the cost of hosting the website is much more than that!)