As I said the in previous post, I'm going to use December as an opportunity to reflect and summarise what we've done at Eight Acres (and more recently, Cheslyn Rise) over the previous couple of years. I particularly want to review the things that are working well and have become habits in our daily lives.
Speaking of the dairy cow, we’ve had Bella for over a year
now, and I’ll write more about milking and calves in another post, but we have
certainly learnt a whole lot about cheese and dairy products since she came to Eight Acres, starting with raw
Late last year I bought a dehydrator and I have found plenty
of uses for it this year to help preserve herbs and other veges and to dry
herbs for tea.
We went on a couple of holidays, and as always we sampled
lots of the local foods, here are some of the highlights:
And finally, if you’re still with me, here’s a few of my
rambling thoughts about food, growing your own and meeting your needs:
The big exciting achievement this year was baking my own bread since April. We have bought no bread (apart from the occasional bread stick), and I have come to method that works, doesn’t take up too much time, tastes great and can be cooked in the woodstove or the BBQ.
Posts about bread:
|Homemade bread since April|
Earlier in the year I wrote a series of reviews on Nourishing Traditions. If you haven’t heard of this book, its about preparing and eating traditional foods, like stocks, fermented foods, organ meats, sprouts and soaked grains. I am gradually trying different recipes or at least being inspired by some of the concepts. It is a tough book for some people, and it does really help to have a dairy cow, but I think that everyone can get something useful out of it, even if you can't use every single recipe yourself. I also wrote about a another useful book on the "peasant diet", called Frugavore.
The chapter reviews:
Nourishing Traditions - Snacks, desserts and "super foods"
Some of the recipes that I’ve tried from Nourishing Traditions:
Easy Peasy Raw Milk Cheeses – making cream cheese
Cheese making basics – making hard cheeses
|Strawberry picking on the Sunshine Coast|
What about you? What are your real food achievements this year? Please share in the comments and feel free to link to your own post if you do a similar summary (I'm too lazy to set up a linky, just put a link in the comments).