READERS! Sorry about the lack of post yesterday but I am having still unresolved major computer issues. Lame. Really lame. Hopefully everything will be back to normal next week! On to today’s post…
My mother, the master chef and creative cook, has a kitchen full of unique ingredients and products. Here are five items in my parents’ fridge that are most likely not in YOUR fridge, but SHOULD BE!!!!
1) Yumm Sauce
What is yumm sauce? After 30 years of eating it, I still don’t really know….that said, it is a Eugene born and bred, mysterious, dairy free, creamy sauce that goes well with everything and anything! Hard to describe, it is hummus-like, with the addition of spices and nutritional yeast. People love it on rice and beans, and I prefer it on meat (a vegan sauce, perfect for meat, how ironic..) and grilled veggies.
Just like I am a granola connoisseur, my parents are yogurt snobs. And this Bulgarian Yogurt is their go-to. This organic Bulgarian yogurt is a probiotic superfood made the old-fashioned way with only two ingredients: certified organic milk and live yogurt cultures. There are no added thickeners or sweeteners, so the yogurts flavor and texture is thick, rich, and divine.
Six years ago, I was on a mega-kombucha kick, drinking it every single day. Then I had a rather unfortunate mishap (food sickness, kombucha poisoning, 24 hour bug — who knows), but since then, it has been hard for me to stomach. Seeing my parents drink it every afternoon as their pick me up snack this summer, I am back on the train… and I must say, I love it. It settles your stomach, makes you feel relaxed (perhaps the alcohol content in it), and clears your mind. My favorite flavor is the white rose.
4) Carrot Juice
My mother swears by carrot juice. Sweet, silky, and healthy. She drinks it by the gallon as a snack and with her morning breakfast. And if you have kids that don’t love vegetables (are we the only ones???), it is good to be sneaky and spike their juice with it to get that some added vitamins.
My dad always puts buttermilk on his granola. At home in NYC, we use it to make buttermilk chicken. It is tangy, rich, full, nutritious, and light. As it is naturally fermented, it provides enzymes to enhance digestibility of and assimilation of nutrients from food. Healthy, tasty, with a wide range of uses. Sold.
There you have it. My mother has a lot more unique and interesting products in her house… we basically need a week long series of “things in my mom’s kitchen.” Until then, what unusual products / ingredients / things do you have in your kitchen that you recommend? Would love to hear!