Friday, October 29, 2021

Sour Cream and Onion Dip

Do you ever find yourself craving sour cream and onion dip?

I do.

But store-bought sour cream and onion dip is exactly the sort of processed food that gives processed food a bad name. And rightly so.

What do?

Well, what is the essence of sour cream onion dip?


No, I'm not talking about a family member. I'm talking about the Fifth Taste: yumminess. Or glutamate, if you want to be boring about it. More here.

What are some healthy umami ingredients? Onion. Miso. Amino sauce. Nutritional yeast.

Here's what I did:


  • 1 pint (500g) grass-fed, high-fat sour cream (or non-dairy equivalent of your choice)
  • 1 medium yellow onion, minced finely or grated (raw yellow onion has the most zing, but you can vary this)
  • 3 Tbsp (45g) miso (any variety) (or amino paste of your choice)
  • A couple of glugs of fish sauce or soy sauce (or other amino sauce of your choice)
  • Some fresh-ground white pepper (or pepper of your choice)
  • 2 Tbsp (10g) nutritional yeast flakes


Thoroughly mix all ingredients except the nutritional yeast. Then mix in the nutritional yeast.

Put it in the fridge for half an hour.

Remove from fridge, taste, and adjust flavor as needed by adding more of whatever you think it needs.

Serving Suggestions

Dip things in it!

Sunday, August 23, 2020

Why Natto?

(obligatory natto "money shot")

My latest Instagram project is #19DaysOfNatto.

What is nattō? Why natto? And why 19 days?

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Sourdough Herb Crackers Update

 A while ago I wrote this:

I've been refining my recipe since then.

Top points

  • I make these crackers in small batches, both because that suits my sourdough discard rhythm and because smaller batches cook more evenly in my oven. Use bigger batches if you like.
  • I use soaked flax seeds because they're delicious and they absorb my brine.
  • Use whatever (sourdough) starter and whatever seasonings you like. But don't be shy about the salt unless you have a reason to be.
  • Kimchi-brine crackers are fantastic.

Saturday, June 6, 2020

Cauliflower Purée Soup

Cauliflower is not my favorite vegetable. In fact, cauliflower and broccoli are near the bottom of my list.

So why would I post a cauliflower recipe on my blog?

The immediate answer is: I served some to a friend, and he asked me for the recipe. I figured I might as well share it here.

The more general answer is:

Friday, June 5, 2020

Ferments for Justice: Workshop to Benefit Atlanta Solidarity Fund and Black Visions Collective

Be the change you want to ferment!

This Saturday (tomorrow!) at 9am PDT / noon EDT, 90 minutes total.

Proceeds benefit Atlanta Solidarity Fund and Black Visions Collective.

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