Well, we have all come from a mother and I would hope for most people a loving one at that; but it does sound strange that a vinegar would “have/need a mother.” I hope to bring some insight here.
Not many people would think of vinegar being particularly useful from a medicinal point of view but choose the right one and you have yourself a very powerful tonic for your body! Yes vinegar can be bought in a wide variety of shops and many of us think of it as a good mixer for salad dressings or for chips or even for polishing windows! Unfortunately a lot of these vinegars are refined, filtered and pasteurised which gets rid of a lot of the health boosting properties that are beneficial to us.
Apple Cider vinegar is totally natural, resulting from the fermentation of apple juice to apple cider and then a second fermentation produces apple cider vinegar. The mother is a web like formation that floats in the vinegar – it is full of beneficial bacteria, living nutrients and enzymes. The vinegar although it has a low acidity (5%) to it, it actually has an alkaline effect on the body – apparently an overly acidic body can lead to more disease and illness.
I have also read that it aids detoxification, is anti-fungal, lowers cholesterol, and can be beneficial for people suffering from arthritis – again I am sure that is related to balancing out the acidity in the body – acidity apparently can also mean more inflammation…
So you may ask how to take this powerful tonic? Some people like to take it in a shot glass first thing in the morning and last thing at night – this is a strong approach! Personally I put a splash into a glass and top it up with water – if I’m at home I’ll have 3-4 glasses a day. For those that have a sweeter tooth, I recommend perhaps trying it with a little honey or a teaspoon of maple syrup.
I also use it to make my salad dressings and my home-made mayo:
4 tbsp Hemp oil (omega 3 fatty acids)
2 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar (with the mummy!)
Pinch of Himalayan salt (84 trace elements)
Pinch black pepper
And how about a few snips of fresh dill
and a teaspoon of Wholegrain mustard to clinch it – see bracket below*.
(*try to find a mustard that is as natural as possible and gluten-free or alternatively crush a few mustard seeds bashed in a pestle and mortar)
Power breakfast: left over chicken, avocado drizzled with Bella’s dill vinaigrette & radishes
Power lunch: Smoked mackerel salad with Bella’s Vinaigrette
Bella’s home-made Mayo: with or without garlic: this makes enough to store in a jar in the fridge to use in other salads or for dunking crudites as a snack! Will keep for about a week.
For starters? Prawns cooked in coconut oil & hot smoked paprika delicately drizzled in Bella’s home-made garlic mayo… Hungry yet?
4 Fresh egg yolks (Organic Free-range if poss)
2 tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar, don’t forget the mummy! 😉
1 small clove of garlic, crushed (optional)
2 tsp Wholegrain Mustard (again best to go as natural as you can here see above note *)
Approx 1/4 pint Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
Salt (Himalayan if poss) & Black Pepper
Add the Egg Yolks to a food processor and blitz until the egg yolk starts to go a bit paler. At this stage slowly add the Olive Oil whilst the processor is still whizzing. The colour will slowly start to fade as the mixture starts to thicken. Next add the Apple Cider Vinegar one tablespoon at a time. After that add the crushed garlic (you can leave the garlic out if you don’t like it), Salt, Pepper and finally the Mustard – keep blending for another couple of minutes to further smooth and thicken the mixture. At this stage give it a little taste to check the seasoning – you might want to add a little more oil, salt or pepper or even a touch more vinegar – personal preference here but if you add anything more – just give it another whizz in the processor to make sure it is fully combined. Add the mixture to jar and store in the fridge to chill down.
Free range Gammon steak, steamed sweet potato and mixed chopped salad with grated carrot, celeriac, apple, lettuce, parsley, dill, toasted pumpkin seeds and Bella’s home-made garlic mayo!
Vegetables and salads should never be boring or tasteless and with the right combinations of dressings and textures your palate will be buzzing with joy and your body bursting with vitality and health! 🙂