Friday, August 29, 2014

Food, Glorious Food!

Today I've had one of those days that I love. It wasn't intentional, but I ended up spending quite a bit of time in the kitchen!!! No markets this weekend, so that meant that I actually have time to do a few things.......

  • I milked my cows and separated - so have lots of cream, which is the first time in ages!
  • Incidently, yesterday I made yoghurt - 4.5 litres and started some feta
  • Today I bottled the feta in oil and herbs
  • I made two loaves of bread, one my usual multi grain and a sourdough loaf for lunch
  • This morning I went out to the garden for a look and after spending some time weeding, discovered that I have quite a few tomatoes on, eggplant are flowering, wombok and sugar loaf cabbages and cauliflower ready to pick. Lettuce, Rocket and bok choy are all but finished. Capsicums are still green and my seedling lettuce are looking healthy! The Warrigal Greens that self seeded are going crazy, and I missed some asparagus after the rain the other day!!
  • Picked a wombok and then later turned it into Kimchi - well, time will turn it into kimchi, I just gave it a help along - stay turned for a post about this when it's finished. I have to show a photo of my wombok because it is such a perfect specimen and I've NEVER been able to grow cabbages.

  • Finally found time to restart both my kefirs - I've been a bit slack, but it appears to be very forgiving! I will marinate some chicken tomorrow in milk kefir and some curry spices and then bake in the oven (as part of a curry dinner party night I'm planning!) I'm trying a second ferment of my water kefir - lime and ginger.
  • Bottled my kombucha - our backpackers have decided that they like this, so I'm going to have to keep it moving a bit faster. This lot I've bottled with apple, ginger and berries (not all together, individual flavours!)
  • Made some palm sugar syrup (1 cup of palm sugar, 1/3 cup of water - bring to the boil to melt and bottle with a vanilla bean) This is my more local version of maple syrup. Yes I know we don't have palm sugar made in Australia, but it's a lot closer than Canada!
  • Home made raw icecream!!! Yum!
  • And then dinner tonight was fabulous! Pork shanks baked in master stock, served with stir-fried vegies and noodles. Quite a few of my own garden veg, so that makes me even happier. (recipe will be on the recipe tab)


  1. Sounds like a great week in the kitchen. I bought some womb ok seedlings this week to plant. That dinner photo at the end of your post looks delicious. Have a good week. Regards Kathy A, Brisbane

  2. I've always had trouble with wombok and bugs, so I think growing it over winter here was a good idea. Hope yours copes, going into the heat. I had a quick at your blog.....will go back later on for a read - love the story in pictures that you do!