Recipe Recommendation: October

These are the recipes that I’ve tried from other bloggers/websites that I haven’t altered that we’ve really enjoyed for the month of October. It’s nice to recommend others plus it’s also encouraging to know the recipe didn’t just work for the person posting it but for others too (I’ve tried so many recipes that just simply haven’t worked).

Baked Scotch Eggs

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It was Kel’s birthday on October 2 and I wanted to give him a picnic style lunch. I’ve been wanting to try making my own Scotch eggs for ages now and I thought what better time to make them than for Kel’s birthday. I have a habit of trying out new recipes when you really shouldn’t – special occasions, when you have guests or when you’re the guests – however these turned out quite well. They aren’t super pretty to look at however they tasted good! Also I’m sure deep fried ones taste better however I liked that these were baked as it was a bit healthier.

Deliciously Crunchy Paleo Rhubarb Crisp

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I had a neighbour give me a big bunch of rhubarb and we were having lunch with some friends so I thought I would make this for dessert. It was delicious! Ethan adored it too and it was great that he was able to be part of dessert and we didn’t have to worry about it being full of sugar. Apart from halving the number of apples in the recipe, I also added some shredded coconut to the crumble. We ate it with Tilba Jersey Cream, which negates it being Paleo however I’m sure you could whip up some coconut cream and it would be an equally delicious accompaniment.

Vegan Tuscan Pumpkin Pasta Sauce

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This is another recipe from my many mentioned favourite, Detoxinista. It’s a fairly new recipe on her blog that I saw and liked the look of. We tried it last week one night for dinner and it was SO GOOD. I didn’t find it necessary to add the maple syrup as the pumpkin adds its own sweetness and we also had a light grating of cheese on top, which isn’t vegan of course. It was very nice paired with a glass of red!

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Tell me, do you have any delicious recipes that you’ve tried to recommend this month?

Bee’s Wrap Review – Part 2

If you didn’t read part one, you probably should so: Bee’s Wrap Review – Part 1.

To test out the Bee’s Wrap, i used it to wrap some freshly cut pumpkin last Tuesday. I left it in the fridge until last night (Monday) so it was in there for essentially a week. I was super impressed with the results as you can see in the video below.

I realise i probably should have taken a photo of the pumpkin before i wrapped it (oops) so it was easy to compare the before and after (i know for next time).

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Overall i would definitely recommend Bee’s Wrap as a natural alternative to plastic/cling wrap. It’s so easy to use, it keeps food really well – better than plastic/cling wrap, and it’s easy to clean after being used (just a rinse in cold, soapy water and then hang out to dry. Once dry, fold and store for next time).

Again if you’re interested in buying it yourself, you can purchase it from their website. If you join their email list, you get 15% off your first order. And no we weren’t paid by them, this post is completely off our own bat. Like everything we post, we just wanted to share our experience and help others in living a more sustainable lifestyle!

Bee’s Wrap Review – Part 1

I mentioned on our Facebook page how we had recently purchased Bee’s Wrap, which is a natural alternative to plastic wrap (or cling wrap). I first read about it on Megan’s blog, Detoxinista, here.

So what is Bee’s Wrap? I’ll “borrow” the section from their website.

“Bee’s Wrap was founded in 2012 by Vermonter Sarah Kaeck, a mother of three who has been, by turns, an avid gardener, milker of goats, keeper of chickens, and seamstress. Bee’s Wrap started with a question facing many families and home cooks: How could we eliminate plastics in our kitchen in favor of a healthier, more sustainable way to store our food?

What she discovered is a lost tradition made new again. By infusing organic cotton with beeswax, organic jojoba oil, and tree resin, she created a washable, reusable, and compostable alternative to plastic wrap.”

Sounds awesome to me!

I ordered it about a week and a half ago and we received our purchase in the mail on Tuesday. Nice and quick considering it’s from the USA. This is how they are packaged – really visually attractive, perfect to give as a gift!

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I thought a video would be fun to show you what it’s like. There will be a part one (below) and a part two (next week). I’m still new at “vlogging” so bear with me as i get better. I’ve realised i probably need to turn my iPhone around so it’s landscape rather than portrait though!

Below is a picture of the wrapped pumpkin plus 1/3 loaf homemade Rye, Barley and Buckwheat bread that i wrapped (recipe coming soon!)

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If you’re interested in buying it yourself, you can purchase it from their website. If you join their email list, you get 15% off your first order. And no we weren’t paid by them, this post is completely off our own bat. Like everything we post, we just wanted to share our experience and help others in living a more sustainable lifestyle!

Chicks of 2016

About three weeks ago we had a clutch of chicks hatch!

We no longer use the incubators as back around the time of 50 Cent, we borrowed a bantam rooster off a customer to introduce new blood into our flock (the rooster was crazy and could practically fly) and therefore introduced a line of bantam Australorp.

The average person would probably think this wasn’t a smart move as not only are their eggs smaller however they aren’t really great as meat birds because, well they are smaller! However it is well known that bantams make great mothers.

Anyway we’ve moved our hens around a bit to have a good mix for the breeders and a good mix for the layers. Plus Kel’s parents have a small flock of their own for eggs. Our first clutch of “naturally raised” chicks came from their flock. It’s so great to not have to use the incubators or the brooders anymore and just let the mothers sit on their eggs and then raise the chicks. It is definitely the best way to do it and we’re glad that we’ve managed to get there so quickly (and without even trying really!).

My favourite part about it is that from day dot they are free range and scratching around the yard with their mother.

Recipe Recommendation: September

Looking back at this month it seems that I haven’t done much cooking or baking! However I think it’s just that I haven’t used many other people recipes 😉 Only mine!

Anyway I did prepare dried kidney beans to put in my spaghetti bolognese because Ethan just loves beans. You need to make sure you prepare them correctly as they are toxic when they are raw. I use these directions here if you ever need to know!

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RIP 50 Cent

This post follows on from Escape To The Bush.

As “The Pig And Poultry Plan” was no longer working and our chickens were vulnerable to attack, we temporarily moved all of them into our backyard while Kel figured out what to do.

As we already had a flock of hens and a rooster (50 cent) at our place, our backyard was severely overcrowded. However they were safe from attack. Or so we thought.

Without going in to too much detail because it involves our neighbours (who we are on good terms with still however I don’t feel right talking about them on the Internet!), basically their new rescue dog kept escaping and it took a liking to our chooks. Consequently 50 Cent was badly injured, and we hoped he might survive and make it through however alas he did not. We were pretty devastated and I witnessed the whole thing (which brings back a whole bunch of bad memories and it’s a bit hard writing this post to be honest).

50 Cent Vs. Martha
50 Cent and Martha

On a positive note, Martha was attacked and she survived, the tough little chook that she was.

Anyway this meant we had to get the chooks out of our backyard and somewhere safer.

We decided the best option was to use electric netting (which we bought from here) and Kel’s parents let us set it up on their acreage (we have the use of one of their paddocks to move the chooks around).

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Source: The Farmers Mailbox

Although they aren’t cooped up by any means, we were sad that they aren’t true free range anymore, being able to roam anywhere they liked. However they still have the grass under their feet and the sky above their heads and a good space to roam and most importantly they are safe.

 

Recipe Recommendation: August

These are the recipes that I’ve tried from other bloggers/websites that I haven’t altered that we’ve really enjoyed for the month of August. It’s nice to recommend others plus it’s also encouraging to know the recipe didn’t just work for the person posting it but for others too (I’ve tried so many recipes that just simply haven’t worked).

Dairy-Free Creamy Potato and Leek Soup

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I LOVE potato and leek soup. Kel likes the idea of potato and leek soup however he always finds that they are never potatoey or leeky enough. The last recipe i tried was not a success. I decided to try another recipe and this one makes me laugh at the simplicity of it (and that it’s on the website for Dummies). And WOW. It was DELICIOUS. Kel really liked it too. It must be that most potato and leek soups have too many other ingredients in them. Anyway this recipe has a big thumbs up from us.

Sugar-Free Spiced Carrot Cake with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

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For Ethan’s birthday cake, we wanted something relatively healthy. We still haven’t introduced him to refined sugar and we hope to hold out as long as possible. This cake recipe was really tasty and you don’t miss the sugar at all, especially with the addition of the raisins. Obviously i omitted the walnuts as they are a potential choking hazard for children under five. Kel iced it and decorated it to represent Ethan’s favourite book – Hickory Dickory Dock. Everyone even sang it to him at his party!

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Creamy Vegan Lemon Bars (GF)

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These were another trial sweet item for Ethan’s birthday party because he LOVES lemons. He also really enjoyed these bars! As did we 😉 I omitted the coconut sugar in the base though because i felt that the maple syrup was enough sweetener for a one year old!

Paleo Coconut Pecan Breakfast Bars

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Our hens have finally started laying again and we have eggs coming out of our ears. Obviously we sell them through the shop however everyone’s hens must be laying too so we’re aren’t selling as many as we did previously. We don’t want to sell them if they aren’t super fresh so I’ve been trying to use up the “older” eggs to keep the stock rotating well. Coconut flour generally uses heaps of eggs so i browsed the net looking for interesting recipes to try. This one doesn’t use as many eggs as i was hoping for however it sure is a winner! I’m not a huge fan of the texture of coconut flour in baking however these weren’t as obvious in their coconut flour texture – even more so a winner!

That’s all for this month, hopefully next month there will be a few more savoury recipes 😉