Amasake Sourdough Bread



Terri Ann Fox describes how to make koji, how to make amasake from whatever koji you like, and how to make sourdough bread. She brilliantly describes bakers percentages and the special requirements to make a stunning loaf –  although even if you overproof it will still taste great! Contact: thekrautlady@gmail.com or at 083.040.8057

River Run is a fermentary and wood fired micro Bakehouse located on our family homestead in Glencree Co. Wicklow. Led by Terri Ann Fox, we specialize in sourdough breads, koji based ferments, seasonal vegetable ferments of all kinds, and plant based cheeses. We host regular fermentation and sourdough workshops at River Run and around Ireland.  

Skill Share: Education is the heart of River Run. We believe that relearning and practicing these ancient methods of fermentation can have a profound effect on our health, environment, communities and over all human experience.  The power of fermentation can change the world!


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December 19 - Fruit From the Sands 11AM to 1 PM EDT 

“The foods we eat have a deep and often surprising past. From almonds and apples to tea and rice, many foods that we consume today have histories that can be traced out of prehistoric Central Asia along the tracks of the Silk Road to kitchens in Europe, America, China, and elsewhere in East Asia. The exchange of goods, ideas, cultural practices, and genes along these ancient routes extends back five thousand years, and organized trade along the Silk Road dates to at least Han Dynasty China in the second century BC. 

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Water Kefir



Water Kefir science, selling, production, tastes, skills, safety, cider, fermentation, mistakes and successes. Peiman Koshravi discusses how it is made, how it can be flavored with everything from wild flowers to roots to fruit and even amasake, and how it might serve as the foundation for a business.

What is it and how is it different than cider? Peiman is the only person I’ve ever heard discuss how to ferment water kefir in the fridge at a low temperature to divine different flavors. Is it probiotic or just a tasty drink? What happens if you ferment it at different temperatures – or if a temperature variation occurs? What do you package or bottle it in? What happens if competing demands of running a business or your life prevent you from getting to it? What are the legal and health implications of allowing people to bring their own bottles?

Don’t start a fermentation business before watching this. He’s made all the mistakes you might make and what considerations you should take into account. This is not a lecture, or a staid discussion of business principles, it’s real life experience being shared by someone that has been there. And now makes amazing bread.


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December 19 - Fruit From the Sands 11AM to 1 PM EDT 

With Dr. Robert Spengler III and Caspar Hall of Zizinia de Les Flors)

Answers to how we can bring our world back from the precipice of destruction from climate change and unsustainable practices?. Factual evidence about who invented what, and how agriculture often drives the movement and destruction of countries and civilizations. Or, how taxation and ownership and religion and sovereignty often kills the farmers and those we count on to feed us? All about grapes and legendary wines from China, the actual origin of foods the Italians claim as their own, and the role of Sogdians, Persians, Russians, and Indians in shaping civilization and the food that is on our tables today. 

Robert N Spengler III is currently the director of the Paleoethnobotany Laboratories at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History (Max-Planck-Institut für Menschheitsgeschichte) in Jena. He recently wrapped up his research also a Visiting Research Scholar at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World through New York University. Dr. Spengler was also a research fellow in Berlin, Germany, as a Volkswagen and Mellon Foundations Postdoctoral Fellow jointly appointed at the German Institute of Archaeology (Deutsches Archäologisches Institut, DAI), in the Eurasia Department and Freie Universität, Berlin. During which time he also retained his affiliation with Washington University in St. Louis in the Anthropology Department where he held a posting as a Research Associate the previous year. He defended his PhD at Washington University in St. Louis in March of 2013.

He is studying the paleoeconomy and ecology of Central Asia from the third millennium B.C. onward and has ongoing research projects in Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, China, and Mongolia. While he has used several methods in the archaeobotanical sciences, he primarily analyzes macrobotanical remains. Through this research he has shown that farming was an important part of the economy across eastern Central Asia for at least four millennia and that many important crops spread through this region in prehistory. Through his archaeobotanical studies, he is helping to fill in the last major gaps in the global map of agricultural spread, and showing how important the Silk Road was in the spread of specific crops and technologies. In addition, his data feed into a broader understanding of human adaptations, social development, and the linked nature between agricultural intensification and social complexity.

“The foods we eat have a deep and often surprising past. From almonds and apples to tea and rice, many foods that we consume today have histories that can be traced out of prehistoric Central Asia along the tracks of the Silk Road to kitchens in Europe, America, China, and elsewhere in East Asia. The exchange of goods, ideas, cultural practices, and genes along these ancient routes extends back five thousand years, and organized trade along the Silk Road dates to at least Han Dynasty China in the second century BC. 

Balancing a broad array of archaeological, botanical, and historical evidence, Fruit from the Sands presents the fascinating story of the origins and spread of agriculture across Inner Asia and into Europe and East Asia. Through the preserved remains of plants found in archaeological sites, Robert N. Spengler III identifies the regions where our most familiar crops were domesticated and follows their routes as people carried them around the world. With vivid examples, Fruit from the Sands explores how the foods we eat have shaped the course of human history and transformed cuisines all over the globe.” 


Mumallaengi Muchim



Christine Kraus of Chirp Foods demonstrates not only how to make Mumallengi Muchim from dried radishes, she urges all to consider the tastes and textures of a plant based (#vegan) cuisine that can easily integrate koji, wild fermentation and even pickling techniques to create flavor. As usual, she uses plants based seasonings that can be foraged and are often considered invasive plants. Why that is a good idea , and why cultivating plants and reducing their genetic diversity might not be the best practice, is discussed in Rob Spengler’s Fruit from the Sands around which we are holding our last event of the year on Dec.19th 11 AM EDT. 

There are now two ways to register for WritersCultures or get on our mails list. Either follow us and DM at  https://www.instagram.com/cultures.group/ with your email address or PayPal: https://paypal.me/FermentsandCultures ($1 or more, whatever you can afford)

InRetrospect is $75 USD and has been extended to June 1, 2022. That also means we are adding 200 more videos to the program. Follow us here https://vimeo.com/culturesgroup and you get to watch a whole lot of them as they created (but not the InRetrospect ones).

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December 19 - Fruit From the Sands 11AM to 1 PM EDT 

(Co-hosted by Caspar Hall of Zizinia de Les Flors)

“The foods we eat have a deep and often surprising past. From almonds and apples to tea and rice, many foods that we consume today have histories that can be traced out of prehistoric Central Asia along the tracks of the Silk Road to kitchens in Europe, America, China, and elsewhere in East Asia. The exchange of goods, ideas, cultural practices, and genes along these ancient routes extends back five thousand years, and organized trade along the Silk Road dates to at least Han Dynasty China in the second century BC. Balancing a broad array of archaeological, botanical, and historical evidence, Fruit from the Sands presents the fascinating story of the origins and spread of agriculture across Inner Asia and into Europe and East Asia. Through the preserved remains of plants found in archaeological sites, Robert N. Spengler III identifies the regions where our most familiar crops were domesticated and follows their routes as people carried them around the world. With vivid examples, Fruit from the Sands explores how the foods we eat have shaped the course of human history and transformed cuisines all over the globe.”


Pelutska from Summer Kitchens


Summer Kitchens by Olia Hercules is available through Quail Ridge Books

Dec. 19th 11 AM to 1 PM EST : Fruit from the Sands with Rob Spengler. Dr. Spengler is the author of “Fruits of the Sands: How the Silk Road shaped your dinner table” (2017). The book comprehensively explores archaeobotanical data from the broad region of Central Eurasia, from Western China to the steppe and from the Altai Mountains to the Kopet Dag. Using these data, he explains when and from where certain crops spread into this region and how, from there, they eventually reached the disparate ends of Eurasia.

While most historians mark the beginning of the Silk Road as occurring during the second century B.C., archaeological artifacts illustrate just how wide spread the movement of material culture was in these mountain valleys as far back as the late third millennium B.C.

Agricultural crops moved through these mountain valleys along with other goods and as a result shaped cuisines around the world. The book traces the story of many familiar grain crops, as well as fruits such as the apple, which originated in Central Asia, in doing so, it lays out the history of many of the foods on your dinner table today. Zoom events are free of charge but registration is required.


Fermentation Journeys is now available from Short Mountain Cultures  https://www.shortmountaincultures.com/shop/p/fermentationjourneys 

Lebkuchen and Dark Koji


Happy Holidays with Fermented Cookies

Dec. 19th 11 AM to 1 PM EST : Fruit from the Sands with Rob Spengler. Dr. Spengler is the author of “Fruits of the Sands: How the Silk Road shaped your dinner table” (2017). The book comprehensively explores archaeobotanical data from the broad region of Central Eurasia, from Western China to the steppe and from the Altai Mountains to the Kopet Dag. Using these data, he explains when and from where certain crops spread into this region and how, from there, they eventually reached the disparate ends of Eurasia.

While most historians mark the beginning of the Silk Road as occurring during the second century B.C., archaeological artifacts illustrate just how wide spread the movement of material culture was in these mountain valleys as far back as the late third millennium B.C.

Agricultural crops moved through these mountain valleys along with other goods and as a result shaped cuisines around the world. The book traces the story of many familiar grain crops, as well as fruits such as the apple, which originated in Central Asia, in doing so, it lays out the history of many of the foods on your dinner table today.


Zoom events are free of charge but registration is required. To watch videos from now until 4/1/2022 subscribe to InRetrospect at the same registration link. The InRetrospect ticket provides access to all events (live or prerecorded), 400+ food, fermentation and culture videos. Includes videos from the last 5 years including never before screened archive interviews and full length videos. Until 4/01/2022. Follow and DM us on Instagram for details


Fruits of the Sands: How the Silk Road shaped your dinner table by Robert Spengler III (2017).

As soon as you register and/or subscribe you can watch videos with these people: Dr. Johnny Drain, Dr. Darra Goldstein, Dr. Robert Spengler III, Dr. Maya Hey, Erica Carson, Dr. Esther Miller, Dr.Tejas Sameer, Dr. Julia Skinner, Terri Ann Fox, Sandor Katz, Mara Jane King, Zoe Mitchell, Chef Greg Dunmore of The Japanese Pantry, Esteban Yepes Montoya, Peiman Khosravi, Misti Norris, Alexis Nikole Nelson, Katrina Kollegaeva, Laura Valli, Andrea Billar, Ed Delteil, Cortney Burns, Alan Callaham, Nancy Matsumoto, Kristine Krauss, Maria Jessica Alonzo, Meredith Leigh,  Mallory O’Donnell, Sonoko Sakai, Llewelyn Maire, Nicholas Repenning, Shinobu Kato of Kato Sake Works, Markus Shimuzu, Pao Yu Liu, Rich Shih, William Rubel, Soirée-Leone, Heidi Nestler, Naomi Duguid, Will Moffat, Holly Davis, Sean Doherty, Umair Khakoo, Anna Drozdova, Sònia Dguez, Maya Seetharaman, Kirsten Shockey, Zoe Christiansen, Margaret Sevenjhazi, Jae-Sang Choi, Eve Jazmati, Jennifer Solow, Haruko Uchishiba, Connie Chew, Leda Meredith, Yoko Lamn, Andrea Billar, Kimiko Ito, Ellie Markovitch, Pratap Chahal, Harry Rosenblum, Pascal Baudar, Priya Mani, Melanie McIntosh, Ekta Maheshwari, Laurent Serin, Javier Gutiérrez Carcache, Kartik Sinha, Zizinia de les Flors, Alex Hozven and Kevin Farley of The Cultured Pickle Shop, Sharon Flynn, Riley Henderson, Eiko Takahashi, Jeremy Umansky, Nina Mong, Gabriella Gershenson, Anton Nicola, Eleana Hsu, Kevin Gondo, Amy Kalafa of Cultured and Cured, Taylor Erkkinen, Jenny Bardwell, Joel Orsini, Mark Tan (in formation)


Rye and Potato Sourdough


Sweet potato inoculated with A.awamori with rye koji porridge sourdough bread. I’ve been working on the unsalted rye and coriander koji part to make a whole rye miso type add in instead of salt. That part ages beautifully. I had some sweet potatoes I inoculated with A. awamori so I cooked them into a type of porridge with lots of rye berries I had prepared for a rye shoyu but had leftovers. This just keeps getting tastier. Does the protein content and fall rate of rye actually matter? I will try to replicate but these have already made amazing pain perdu with buttered sweet potato nectar, and a  sweet potato and caramelized onion bread pudding. 


December 19, 2021, 11 AM to 1 PM EDT Fruit From the Sands

(book by Dr. Robert Spengler III): The Silk Road Origins of the Foods. Videos and a live discussion about the most fascinating archeobotanical history of the dissemination of food and culture and civilization from Central Asia to the rest of the world through The Silk Road and it’s predecessor. DM us here: http://www.instagram.com/cultures.group/



Sweet Potato Koji


Sweet Potato inoculated with toasted ivory teff and Aspergillus awamori

I can’t decide which latkes to make. Should I use the just out of the Instant Pot toasted ivory teff coated sweet potatoes inoculated with Aspergillus awamori, red onion and ground flax?

Or use eggs and cheese as well which went over really well before. Or should I keep them even simpler and just grate some cheese and cook them a little bit more like the original latkes that were actually made with cheese.

Either way I’ll fry these in a pan with oil.

There’s a really cool discussion about how to use mixed spores at Rich Shih’s @ourcookquest https://www.instagram.com/p/CTyIWmlIy8-/ What’s In The Jar? series.

We also have a recording of Markus Shimuzu and Ken Fornataro and Will Moffat and Nick Repenning and Mallory O’Donnell and Estéban Yepes Montoya and Sandor Katz talking about it in our new creaking under the weight of too many videos InRetrospect program.


Sweet Potatoes

December 19, 2021, 11 AM to 1 PM EST Fruit From the Sands


Potato Tempeh Latkes


Potato Onion Tempeh Latkes – To Fry, or Not to Fry?

It’s not too late to do this vegan, super tasty version of potato latkes. You can just pop them in a hot oven and avoid the frying part all together. That’s why you used the gently fried then dehydrated ground onions and mixed them with both Aspergillus spp. and Rhizopus spp. spores (koji and tempeh) in the first place, no?

Okay you could fry these if you like just remember they will get very dark very fast if you push it at 375F for more than 2 minutes. Think tempura. Actually dipping these in a tempura batter is a pretty dope thing to do.

There’s a really cool discussion about how to use mixed spores at Rich Shih’s @ourcookquest https://www.instagram.com/p/CTyIWmlIy8-/ What’s In The Jar? series.

We also have a recording of Markus Shimuzu and Ken Fornataro and Will Moffat and Nick Repenning and Mallory O’Donnell and Estéban Yepes Montoya and Sandor Katz talking about it in our new creaking under the weight of too many videos InRetrospect program.



December 19, 2021, 11 AM to 1 PM EST Fruit From the Sands

(book by Dr. Robert Spengler III): The Silk Road Origins of the Foods. Videos and a live discussion about the most fascinating archeobotanical history of the dissemination of food and culture and civilization from Central Asia to the rest of the world through The Silk Road and it’s predecessor.


Photo of inoculated potato by Markus Shimuzu of Mimi Ferments

Rosehip and Rye


The North and Rye - November 7, 2021, 1 to 3:00 PM Eastern Time (Live Event), then all November.
Rye Spoons by Katrina Kollegaeva

Dr. Darra Goldstein, Gabriella Gershenson, Zuza Zak, Laura Valli, and Katrina Kollegaeva of Rosehip and Rye will discuss the history and current state of food and drink in Russia, The Baltics (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania) and The Caucasus, especially the love of things fermented, sour, and rye. Zuza Zak has recently published her book, Amber and Rye (Kitchen Arts and Letters). Darra’s most recent cookbook is Beyond the North Wind, and she will also give us a preview of her upcoming book, The Kingdom of Rye (pre-order, Amazon). Videos on kama, hemp seed butter, fermented walnuts, walnut shio-koji, kvass, Serbian fermented stuffed peppers, fermented foods for kids, pumpkin-fermented pickles, brined tomatoes, and rye!


Chetvergovaya rye black salt (Четверговаясоль) by Katrina Kollegaeva

Katrina Kollegaeva 
Katrina Kollegaeva is a food anthropologist, cook and writer in the UK. She is the co-founder of Rosehip and Rye @rosehipandrye (www.RosehipAndRye.co.uk)

Sprats, Dill Pickles and Russian Borodinsky Dark Rye Bread

Register for WritersCultures: https://conta.cc/3bplEtj


December 19, 2021, 1 to 3 PM EST Fruit From the Sands

The Silk Road Origins of the Foods we eat. Dr. Robert Spengler III, the author of the book, Fruit from the Sands will discuss the book and field questions. The most fascinating archeobotanical history of the dissemination of food and culture and civilization from Central Asia to the rest of the world through The Silk Road and it’s predecessor.



All Zoom events are free. A subscribers ticket to any event allows you to watch videos until 12/31/21. An InRetrospect ticket provides access to all events (live or prerecorded, although we don’t make actual replay event recordings available), 200+ food, fermentation and culture videos. Includes videos from the last 5 years including never before screened archive interviews and full length videos. Until 3/31/2022. Gets rolled out over a four month period. 


Videos by Sandor Katz (author of the newly released book, Fermentation Journeys), Mara Jane King, Dr. Johnny Drain, Dr. Darra Goldstein, Dr. Robert Spengler III, Dr. Maya Hey, Dr. Esther Miller, Dr.Tejas Sameer, Dr. Julia Skinner, Dr. Maria Jimena Ricatti, Dr. Peiman Khosravi, Dr. Ann Yonetani, Zuza Zak, Jelena Belgrave, Terri Ann Fox, Anne-Marie Bonneau, Zoe Mitchell, Chef Greg Dunmore of The Japanese Pantry, Esteban Yepes Montoya, Danny Berke, Misti Norris, Ann-Marie Bonneau, Alexis Nikole Nelson, Katrina Kollegaeva, Laura Valli, Andrea Billar, Ed Delteil, Cortney Burns, Alan Callaham, Nancy Matsumoto, Kristine Krauss, Jessica Alonzo, Meredith Leigh,  Mallory O’Donnell, Sonoko Sakai, Llewelyn Maire, Mika and Nicholas Repenning of Go-en Fermented Foods, Shinobu Kato of Kato Sake Works, Markus Shimuzu, Pao Yu Liu, Rich Shih, Priyanka Bhuyan, William Rubel, Soirée-Leone, Heidi Nestler, Naomi Duguid, Danny Berke, Will Moffat, Holly Davis, Maria Mantilla, Chef Sean Doherty, Umair Khakoo, Anna Drozdova, Sònia Dguez, Maya Seetharaman, Kirsten Shockey, Zoe Christiansen, Margaret Sevenjhazi, Jae-Sang Choi, Eve Jazmati, Ma!Condimentos, Jennifer Solow, Haruko Uchishiba, Connie Chew, Leda Meredith, Yoko Lamn, Andrea Billar, Kimiko Ito, Christine Krauss, Ellie Markovitch, Jo Webster, Pratap Chahal, Harry Rosenblum, Pascal Baudar, Priya Mani, Melanie McIntosh, Ekta Maheshwari, Laurent Serin, Pork Rhyne, Javier Gutiérrez Carcache, Kartik Sinha, Zizinia de les Flors, Alex Hozven and Kevin Farley of The Cultured Pickle Shop, Sharon Flynn, Riley Henderson, Eiko Takahashi, Jeremy Umansky, Nina Mong, Gabriella Gershenson, Anton Nicola, Eleana Hsu, Kevin Gondo, Amy Kalafa of Cultured and Cured, Taylor Erkkinen, Jenny Bardwell, Joel Orsini, Mark Tan (in formation)


The North and Rye – WritersCultures


Dr. Darra Goldstein, Gabriella Gershenson, Zuza Zak, Laura Valli, and Katrina Kollegaeva of Rosehip and Rye will discuss the history and current state of food and drink in Russia, The Baltics (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania) and The Caucasus, especially the love of things fermented, sour, and rye. Zuza Zak has recently published her book, Amber and Rye (Kitchen Arts and Letters). Darra’s most recent cookbook is Beyond the North Wind, and she will also give us a preview of her upcoming book, The Kingdom of Rye (pre-order, Amazon). Videos on kama, hemp seed butter, fermented walnuts, walnut shio-koji, kvass, Serbian fermented stuffed peppers, fermented foods for kids, pumpkin-fermented pickles, brined tomatoes, and rye!


Rye Bread and Chocolate Mousse from Amber and Rye, by Zuza Zak. Photo Ola O. Smit @olaosmit

Zuza Zak calls herself a Storyteller-Cook and her aim is to inspire the world to cook and eat more food from Eastern Europe. Zuza was born in Communist Poland and spent her childhood watching her grandmothers cook (and often queue for hours). Zuza’s interest lies in the culture and history of food and as such she uses storytelling as a medium for delving into another cuisine and through it, into another culture. Both in her writing and her food-focussed PhD at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies (UCL), Zuza explores food as a cultural anthropologist, in the context of identity, society and culture. She is the author of Polska, Amber and Rye, and is currently working on a new book and her PhD.


Zuza Zak and her daughter from Amber and Rye, recalling her Baltic Journey. Photo by Yasin Salazar


Fermentation Journeys by Sandor Katz is now available – inscribed however you like by Sandor from Short Mountain Cultures  in Tennessee. It’s also available from our good friends at The Cultured Pickle Shop in Berkeley, California. They sell the most amazing pickles, some packaged for pick up orders. If you are lucky enough to have an actual hard copy in hand you know what all the fuss is about.


Kevin Farley of The Cultured Pickle Shop. Alex Hozven and Kevin created a great video for our WritersCultures event celebrating Sandor Katz and the International Fermentation Community. It’s running for the entire month of November in our Vimeo showcases. have you registered yet?


December 19, 2021, 11 to 1 PM EST Fruit From the Sands

Fruit From the Sands

The Silk Road Origins of the Foods we eat. Dr. Robert Spengler III, the author of the book, Fruit from the Sands will discuss the book and field questions. The most fascinating archeobotanical history of the dissemination of food and culture and civilization from Central Asia to the rest of the world through The Silk Road and it’s predecessor.


“The foods we eat have a deep and often surprising past. From almonds and apples to tea and rice, many foods that we consume today have histories that can be traced out of prehistoric Central Asia along the tracks of the Silk Road to kitchens in Europe, America, China, and elsewhere in East Asia. The exchange of goods, ideas, cultural practices, and genes along these ancient routes extends back five thousand years, and organized trade along the Silk Road dates to at least Han Dynasty China in the second century BC. Balancing a broad array of archaeological, botanical, and historical evidence, Fruit from the Sands presents the fascinating story of the origins and spread of agriculture across Inner Asia and into Europe and East Asia. Through the preserved remains of plants found in archaeological sites, Robert N. Spengler III identifies the regions where our most familiar crops were domesticated and follows their routes as people carried them around the world. With vivid examples, Fruit from the Sands explores how the foods we eat have shaped the course of human history and transformed cuisines all over the globe.”
University of California Press

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