Crusty sourdough loaf

This is one of my favourite home made breads. It’s a crusty sourdough made from our own sourdough starter. Crusty Sourdough Loaf 2 cups of lukewarm water 1 cup of sourdough starter 1 teaspoon of active dry yeast or fresh yeast 5 cups of high grade flour 1 tablespoon of salt There’s not much to [...]

Our sourdough starter

I’ve tried a few sourdough bread starters over the years but this one has been the easiest to start and produces a great sourdough bread. The only reason I’m starting it again is that I managed to kill my last one. As it turns out, sourdough starters that contain dairy don’t like to be left [...]

A bucket of mushrooms

We recently bought a bucket of mushroom starter from local outfit, Parkvale mushrooms. It’s currently living in our firewood box outside the back door in the relative cool and dark. We’ve harvested over a kilo of mushrooms from it so far, and more keep coming up. At the current price of mushrooms it’s already paid [...]

Organic woodlice control

For the most part, our small greenhouse has done a great job of keeping bugs off the veges (at least, the flying ones). Of all the plants you’d think bugs wouldn’t eat, chili peppers must be top of the list. Given we’ve just planted some Bhut Jolokia chili peppers, otherwise known as Ghost Chilis (the [...]

Snow Broccoli

Our poor wee broccoli in the kitchen garden braved the snow, but still tasted fine after it had thawed out.

Zucchini/Courgette Chocolate Cake

With a glut of zucchini we are always on the lookout for new recipes to use up the seemingly never-ending harvest. Karen found this great recipe on the Wickham family blog. Zucchini/Courgette Chocolate Cake 125g butter 1 c brown sugar 1/2 c white sugar 3 eggs 2 1/2 c flour 1/2 c yogurt 1/2 c [...]

The greenhouse seems to be working

The first test crops in the greenhouse are doing well, possibly too well – we’re eating lettuce every day to keep up with production (not that it’s a bad thing). The spinach and broccoli are doing great too, and we’ve just planted out a bunch of tomato, eggplant and chilli plants. In the middle row [...]

Garlic processed

Here’s the finished result of Karen’s hard work – garlic plaited and ready to dry. We ended up with eight big plaits and a whole lot of heads with no stalks attached. We’ll eat the singles first while the plaits can dry in the cool shed. The cleaning was quite laborious this year as the [...]

Garlic harvest

About six months ago on the shortest day (or not long after as I recall) we planted 200-odd garlic cloves. It looks like almost all of them have grown well and now it’s time to harvest. The tops are just starting to die back which is as good a sign as any they are ready. [...]

Broccoli aplenty

Despite the very unsettled spring weather (or more likely because of it) we’ve had our best year ever for brassicas. It seems that a cold, long winter killed off most of the white butterflies and the last few months of weird weather has disrupted the life cycles of those that survived. We’ve seen perhaps only [...]