New kitchen curtains — no sewing required!

Yeah, I know — sometimes I surprise even myself! Who knew that when I woke up this morning intending to put together some new kitchen curtains, that I wouldn’t need to even get out a pair of scissors? And yet … that’s just what I did. 😀 Because I feel like doing everything upside downContinue reading “New kitchen curtains — no sewing required!”

The Great Pantry Caper

It all started with the capers. Well, actually, it all started with putting the pantry doors back on! My tidy open-shelf pantry quickly deteriorated into a disorganised shemozzle as soon as I put the doors back on. Within about ten minutes, I swear! Lately it has been difficult to shop effectively with my pantry in thisContinue reading “The Great Pantry Caper”

Eating less meat – beef stew

Well golly, just where did that whole month go? I’ve been busy — apparently quite busy. But I’ve had some posts cooking away in the back of my mind, and I’ve finally found some time to sit down and write one up! A while back my local butcher changed hands again, and when it opened backContinue reading “Eating less meat – beef stew”

Home-made tomato sauce

Recently I realised I wouldn’t be able to purchase my favourite bottled tomato sauce — Roasted Garlic and Onion — from my organic box supplier. This is a total bummer, because I *love* that stuff, it’s delicious. It also comes in wonderful brown glass bottles which are great to re-use, as the brown colour helpsContinue reading “Home-made tomato sauce”

Healthy preschool lunches

Hi everyone! I’ve been crazy busy with some sewing in preparation for a major medieval re-enactment event held each year at Easter. I’m madly attempting to pattern and create new gowns for myself and Isobel, but of course I have to start with all the undergarments first (chemise, then corset, then first gown, then theContinue reading “Healthy preschool lunches”

Keep frozens fresh by blanching

Whenever I have an excess of vegetable that will spoil and can be frozen, I prefer to blanch first. What’s blanching? Basically, you plunge the vegetables into boiling water for a minute or so, and then plunge them into ice water to stop them cooking any further. I freeze a bunch of vegetables this way,Continue reading “Keep frozens fresh by blanching”

Tutorial: Making yoghurt with fresh milk

Today I’d like to share with you how I make my yoghurt, using fresh milk. This is not the first method I’ve used: a long while ago now a friend in my Mothers’ group revealed she made yoghurt using a system she bought at our supermarket, and I was intrigued. Turns out, you can buyContinue reading “Tutorial: Making yoghurt with fresh milk”