Stretching Boundaries

11.7.2016 | 23:00

Uh-oh, I’m doing it again….

I’m stretching the boundaries of my comfort zone.


I took a big step this weekend.

It was a small thing, really, but a big step for me:

I hijacked “Debra’s Kitchen Rx’s” YouTube channel!

I know, I know – “Diane’s loose in the kitchen!”  Words to strike terror into the heart of anyone who … eats?

Okay, okay, that’s an exaggeration.

Back in the day, I used to be quite the Mistress of the Ladle.  I made a lentil soup from scratch, even a tomato soup from … real tomatoes!!  (And yes, I deseeded the damn things first!  Not a job for the faint of heart….)

But in recent years, as we’ve explored various dietary styles, I’ve actually grown less comfortable in the kitchen.

Maybe because I’m not overly comfortable with gadgets.  I’m kind of … low-tech.  I still read books in their “hard copy” form.  (Yeah, remember when we used to call “hard copies” just “books”?  Sigh.)

I had a Kindle once – got it for free.

Hated it.  Sold it at a Fantasy & Science-Fiction convention, for cheap.

I prefer to actually turn pages.  Go figure.

This isn’t to say I’m a Luddite.

I like my “mod cons,” as our British friends say.  Or used to say, anyway.  (That’s “modern conveniences,” if you don’t speak the Queen’s English.)

I like hot showers, indoor flush toilets and running water on demand.

I like DVDs and CDs – even if I play them on my laptop.  Because I don’t actually have a TV, DVD player or CD player anymore….

I like streaming video over the Internet.


But a Vitamix is rather … expensive.  And I’m a wee bit paranoid about breaking it.

(Which is ironic, really – Debra’s the one who sometimes forgets to flip the switches in the right order….  Shh, don’t tell anyone.)

[Debra:  true, but rare these days.]

Ha!!  Here’s another little irony:

The immersion blenderThat’s my little kitchen toy!  I fell in love with that baby the first time I used it.

And Debra’s still getting the hang of it….

[Debra: true again.  Sigh.]

Yeah, I know, I’m giving Debra a bit of a hard time – but you have to understand, when it comes to the kitchen and culinary skills … she outshines me in a big way.  I’ve got to savor every tiny little talent I’ve got….  Because there aren’t many.

I can chop veggies without too many problems, but measuring, calculating, converting … ugh!  That’s math, my friends, and my degree is in English.

(I am very good at reading recipes and following directions.  Unfortunately, I follow the directions to the letter, and the recipe still doesn’t come out right.  [Head banging against desk….])

But I can’t be too tough on Debra – she is an absolute genius at reverse engineering recipes, tweaking them, and coming up with ways to make my ideas work.

[Debra: retired pharmacist.  Rx = recipe.  It was inevitable….]

Yeah, that’s right – I’m usually the one with all of the wild, crazy ideas.  Most of which actually work, once Big Sis works her magickal mojo….

It’s my job to come up with the snappy names.  English degree, remember?  Lover of words and word play?

But this week we turned the tables a bit.

I recently came up with this really neat experiment I wanted to try:

I was trying to incorporate more potassium-rich foods into my diet.  Last year’s mineral/hair analysis revealed a major sodium/potassium imbalance.

And I’d been dealing with intermittent edema (possibly caused by sodium retention).  After a year of tweaking the diet, and trying this or that supplement, I had one of those Homer Simpson moments – you know:  “D’oh!”


Why not try adding a small amount of banana or something into my daily routine?  Try attempting a balancing act through diet, instead of mucking around with more supplements….

I wrote an article detailing this whole experiment quite recently, so I won’t go into more detail here.

But one of the potassium-rich foods I found was a nice, low-sodium (tomato-based) veggie juice.

One evening, I decided to have some before supper.  I’d been trying to drink some every couple of days, to vary up the menu a little bit, and I’d been pretty regular with the banana, so I hadn’t been drinking the juice as frequently.

Some evenings, I have a glass of water with apple cider vinegar, lemon juice and cayenne pepper.

Other evenings, I have a glass of Kevita, a coconut water based probiotic drink.  (I can’t drink kombucha these days – it causes gas and bloating – but the Kevita doesn’t bother me.)

And sometimes I just have a “shot” of sauerkraut juice….

Well, this one particular evening, I wondered what it would taste like if I just added that sauerkraut shot to the veggie juice….

And damn if it didn’t taste great!

Well, of course, being the clever soul that I am, I had to figure out a name for my new invention – a lovely little probiotic-rich “mocktail.”  (Someone else’s clever name for a non-alcoholic “cocktail.”)

I was wracking my brain, trying to come up with a variation of “Bloody Mary” that wouldn’t be just a copy of “Virgin Mary.”

When Debra, in her quiet, understated brilliance, just chimes in with “Microbe Mary.”  Not quite “Typhoid Mary,” of course, but somehow perfectly appropriate.

Of course I had to share my tasty little combination – to call it a “recipe” seems a bit pretentious, given that it only contains two ingredients – with my dear friend and colleague, Steph Jackson, who is always looking for ways to help us incorporate probiotic-rich foods into our diet.

She told me I had to make a video….

So I decided to, um, hijack Debra’s YouTube channel….

Hope you enjoy the takeover!!  And the “Microbe Mary”!

Microbe Mary

Bloody Mary.

(1 serving)


4 oz. vegetable juice blend

3 Tbsp Farmhouse Culture Gut Shot sauerkraut juice


Combine ingredients in drinking glass, stir and enjoy.


  1. Gayla
    July 12, 2016 | 1:27 pm

    Yay for you making your recipe via video! Can’t wait to try the Microbe Mary!

  2. Cherie
    July 12, 2016 | 6:51 pm

    Love it! So glad you push through your comfort zone and gave it a “shot”, lol. I’m always looking for new ways to include more fermented foods too, can’t wait to give this a try. Nice job, thanks for sharing!

    • daletchworth
      July 12, 2016 | 8:09 pm

      Diane did a great job, didn’t she? And yes, this is a tasty way to get some extra fermented food in! 🙂

  3. Brad
    July 12, 2016 | 10:29 pm

    That was awesome!!

    Firstly, I just discovered that same sauerkraut juice and I just shoot it back. I actually want to drink the whole thing at once…I resist though.

    Secondly, your blog post is informative and hilarious. I was thoroughly entertained with the back and forth.

    Thirdly, the same goes for the video. More! More! More!

    You guys are a great team!!

    • daletchworth
      July 12, 2016 | 11:49 pm

      Whoo hoo!! That’s good stuff, isn’t it? So glad you were entertained as well as informed. Our job is done. For now. 🙂

  4. Jace
    July 13, 2016 | 5:57 pm

    Fun! Loved the extra special words this week and the humor. So proud of you for pushing through your comfort zone. I bet it would be fun to throw back some beverages with you two. Looking forward to more videos.

    • daletchworth
      July 15, 2016 | 1:28 am

      There is soooo much seriousness out there, Jace, and all of this is important, but one of our goals is to keep the humor and fun too. Thanks much, and with a little luck, we’ll manage those drinks…. 🙂

  5. Michele
    July 13, 2016 | 7:27 pm

    I loved the humor in this video. You two make a great team. I can’t wait to see what you’ve got cooking next.

    Next time I go to whole foods, I’ll look for that juice. The drink looks delish!

    • daletchworth
      July 15, 2016 | 1:28 am

      We’re trying to keep the fun in where we can. 🙂

  6. Paul
    July 14, 2016 | 11:46 pm

    Hahaaa!! I LoVE iT!! Next brunch I have … Will be winnin! With the Microbe Mary ! Ingenious

    • daletchworth
      July 15, 2016 | 1:29 am

      I’m really hoping the name catches on, lol! 🙂

  7. Andrea Caprio
    July 21, 2016 | 5:19 pm

    Love your videos and I think your sis should watch out, you seem like serious competition ;-). Will try and make more “juice” when I do my sauerkraut so i can try this one out

    • daletchworth
      July 22, 2016 | 12:47 am

      Diane was great, wasn’t she? 🙂 Let us know how it turns out!

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