Brining Vegetables

As well as showing us how to brine olives, my friend showed us how to brine vegetables. This is what she told us: Different sites online have varying recipes & methods for brining vegetables. My mother-in-law made a salt and water solution only. Brine excess garden produce such as carrots, celery, cabbage, lebanese cucumbers, capsicums, beans. Boil a 2% salt/water solution and allow to cool. Link to brine calculators here. Pour boiling water over a […]

Sauerkraut Salad

Some people love sauerkraut. And some people just don’t like it at all, but know it’s good for them. When you’re first introducing a tiny bit of kraut into your diet, you can usually hide it in something, but once you’re up to 2-3 tablespoons, it’s harder to hide. One way you can make it more interesting is to vary what goes into your sauerkraut – carrots, red cabbage instead of green, some beetroot. We’ve recently been […]

Cabbage and Apple

A couple of weeks ago, we went to an event hosted by Simply Good Food, our local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). One of the growers, Frank van Steensel, was so eloquent about the superior nutrition of vegetables grown properly in nutrient dense soil, that it reminded me that there are not many vege recipes on this blog, yet… So let’s get started with our favourite cabbage recipe – Red Cabbage simmered with apples and onions. […]

Fermented cabbage juice

If you are doing the GAPS Intro stage where you use sauerkraut juice only, this recipe is a lot easier than making the full sauerkraut recipe. It’s also easier to sip this if you don’t like eating sauerkraut. I found this recipe on a NZ website Jacqueline Organics. Here is her recipe with a couple of my own comments below: Fill a blender with chopped green cabbage and distilled water, which is available at the […]


Another important food, especially for the GAPS protocol, is sauerkraut or other fermented veges. There are a variety of different ways of making sauerkraut, but these are the basic steps: Select your veges, wash and, if necessary, peel them Chop them – with a knife, grater or in a food processor Add sea salt and give them a good squeeze with your hands, or pound with a heavy object, such as a bottle filled with […]


This is a lighter coleslaw than usual, with a simple oil and lemon dressing ¼ of a cabbage, finely chopped 1 medium carrot, grated a slice of red onion finely chopped OR a radish or baby turnip or two, grated basic salad dressing with paprika added Mix together well. At lunchtime, serve with cold meat or chicken and maybe a slice of homemade bread and butter. At dinner, serve with hot meat and potatoes or […]


I once had some real Russian borscht, which to my surprise was made just with cabbage and no beetroot. It was delicious. I’ve never been able to find that recipe, but have found many other borscht recipes. They are all a bit different, but with certain commonalities. Here’s how I make it, but if you vary the relative quantities depending on what you have in the cupboard it won’t matter. This makes a huge potful, […]