I must apologise to those regular followers of my ramblings, this seems to have turned into a foodie Blog! There is little going on lately so I have to decide whether to cease posting for a while or continue with mainly food posts.
Of course, food is a very important part of what we came out here for. We want to be as self sufficient as possible, so all the practice cooking what we have growing is experience from where I can take the best bits to give us a good diet with what is available (and some nice treats too!). Some things work and some are best avoided. And although we want to eat seasonally, our British tastes, which we have practiced for over fifty years, means we would like to spread the bounty over the year and have a more mixed diet over the twelve months. But we really want to do it to our taste, with fresh veg all year rather than a lot of bottled or frozen. Anyway, I will get it out of the way for now.
I am feeling very happy that we can make an interesting meal having made everything myself. This week we had a cheese platter with three home made cheeses, herb and garlic ricotta, a more mature cheese and a fresh one. We had it with some of the quince paste and some caramelised walnuts, brioche style rolls and walnut rolls. Lovely and very satisfying.....and no butter!
In the garden not much is happening. The brassicas are growing well, the Tuscan black kale is lovely and the broccoli is very strong. We (Dave) picked the largest of the cabbages today. It's huge and could keep us going for a month! I just hope we aren't presented with a barrel for making sauerkraut! We know it should have been picked earlier, but with Jordan spraying for flea beetle a month without eating is a must. There will be no chemicals next year.
The chicks are doing well, growing like mad. They can be funny, one had a spider this morning and was charging around followed by the other six wanting a piece of the action. They didn't get any. The older chicks are really active and I can see them flying over the barrier soon. Luckily we can see in the shed before opening the door. Solo has developed a twisted foot like Silver. No idea when this happened, or why, but being a light framed bird it shouldn't matter too much. She will be staying with us anyway. The laying hens have slowed right down, we are only getting two or three eggs a day now, as opposed to five.
The dogs are a lot more lively now it is cooler and lots of playing is happening with all the extra space they have. They are also eating better with Bella being a lot less fussy. The mud they are bringing in will no doubt wear me down....but it will soon be spring!
And finally, as I like to do, I will end with a foodie theme. I bought some thin Bulgarian pastry last time we went shopping, in a mad moment, and as it needed using today I made a walnut baklava. Gorgeous, a real pick-me-up!