Kefir-drinking, kombucha-making voice over talent

Ok…..so if I waited until I came up with the PERFECT topic to start blogging, I’d never do it!  And this just may be the most interesting topic of all of my future blog posts, so here goes. One of the reasons I got into VO full-time was to work from home. I’m an incredibly social creature, but I’m just as happy sitting in my jammies on a Tuesday afternoon going through emails, recording voice over projects, and…well, other things. Really different and interesting things. Besides funny cat videos, of course. I was selected some time back to do a voiceover for an ad for a product I’d never heard of……kefir. Furthermore, I didn’t even know how to pronounce it!  So, I went to trusty Youtube to find out how it was said. I had NO idea a new world was about to open for me. Turns out, there are THOUSANDS of kefir videos….people making it at home. If you don’t know what it is, as I didn’t, here’s the detailed info. Basically, you buy these “kefir grains” (I found a good source to buy them, here) and soak them in store-bought milk, on the counter at ROOM TEMPERATURE for 24 hours.  The grains “eat” or ferment the sugar from the milk, turning the sugar into a bi-product that turns out to be probiotics (the GOOD bacteria for your gut that’s in things like yogurt, etc).  What you get is a homemade, drinkable yogurt. NOT sour milk. Pretty amazing!  A little tangy, and liquid-y enough to pour into a mug and drink it. You can flavor it however you’d like…fresh fruit, etc……I’ve been throwing in a few teaspoonfuls of ground flax seed, and having it as my breakfast. The grains grow as time goes on, and you can eat those too, for even more probiotic benefits…or give them to a friend. I have a bunch now…..I’d be happy to send some to you if you’re interested in trying it! It’s great for digestion, and apparently keeps you young…..so I’m drinking about a gallon of this stuff a day. Kidding. Another interesting food project I checked out recently, is kombucha.  This is a fermented drink, also….but non-dairy. It ranges in taste from sweet-ish/tangy to downright vinegary.  (I’m half Italian, so I don’t mind it strong…but this is one thing that will NOT taste good sauteed in a little garlic and olive oil.) More… read more →