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”

Basic Whey Bread Rolls

Today I used up some of my yoghurt whey to make some tasty dinner rolls. I thought it might be fun to present this as a pictorial how-to, rather than a “recipe”. Enjoy! 🙂 These are the ingredients for basic bread: baker’s flour, liquid (yoghurt whey in my case), salt, yeast and oil. First measure outContinue reading “Basic Whey Bread Rolls”

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”

Beans, beans, the magical fruit

Okay, so they won’t really grow beanstalks that reach up into the sky and lead to a cornucopia of golden egg laying geese, will they? I think beans are magical, though, because of the sheer distracting power they have over children. Ha, bet you didn’t think I was going to say that! Kids fighting in theContinue reading “Beans, beans, the magical fruit”

Have you tried Polenta?

Our family has become increasingly vegetarian over the last couple of years as we start to question where our food really comes from, and how it was raised. This has been a gradual process, with an occasional leap forward when we discover new recipes. One of the really wonderful discoveries in our vegetarian odyssey hasContinue reading “Have you tried Polenta?”