The art of fermentation has been making a comeback recently as people recognise the huge health benefits of this way of preparing food. And far from a trend, it has actually been around for a very long time. So we here in Alchemy have invited the superfab Dearbhla Reynolds of The Cultured Club (theculturedclub.com) back to do another fermentation demo. She did two sold out gigs here in 2015 as people flocked to hear what all the fuss was.
Dearbhla, who is an expert in the art of making fermented and cultured foods and drinks, told Marie Claire Digby of The Irish Times that: “My interest and understanding of food as medicine is undeniably linked to the fact that I am the cross between an old school pharmacist and a home economics teacher. So when I first discovered fermented foods, during what seems like a very extended maternity break, something felt very right.”
She began studying the subject, but soon found that “the learning is very much in the doing and with a kitchen rapidly resembling a lab, the nitty-gritty details were discovered. It was a very steep learning curve over two years, which turned a few noses, but the benefits and effects became so undeniable that I was prompted to share the skill.”
In 2012 she set up The Cultured Club with the aim of reviving interest in fermentation and encouraging others to take it up.
“Fermentation is a process of relearning,” she tells Marie Claire “and trusting that this wonderful process is more than good for us.”
Our special fermentation demo and supper here in Alchemy Juice Co in BT2 Grafton Street with Dearbhla Reynolds of the Cultured Club and healthy eating ‘legend’ and Alchemy founder Domini Kemp is on Thursday, March 10th, from 7pm-9pm. Tickets for this event cost cost €35pp which includes dinner, juice & treats, plus the demo and a Q&A!
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