In the Kitchen...
Spaghetti bologanise on Monday, when I was super grateful I had some left over meat sauce in the fridge and could whip this up quick and still make it to an evening event I had forgotten about, where I got to hear a speaker from Germany describing his low-till, deep mulch horticultural system - very interesting.
Baked chicken thigh and kumara on Wednesday, along with this totally delicious, incredibly simple dish I made up. It was so good, the chicken and kumara I'd been looking forward to paled in comparision!
And tonight, some roast yacon and new potatoes, both straight out of the garden, a fresh corn on the cob, and a fried chicken breast. Yum!
In the Garden....
The first ripe tomato in the greenhouse has signs of blossom end rot. This happens when there is poor calcium uptake in a plant, which can be caused by a lack of available calcium, or uneven watering. I will give it a dose of dolomite tomorrow, as the plant looks like it could do with some magesium as well, as well as a general plant food. Blossom end rot is common in tomatoes, zucchini and squash.
Around the House.....
I am going to be building some new compost bins as I need to make lots and lots of compost for the garden.
I need to preserve some cucumbers, and am thinking about making some kimchi. I also want to make a batch of tomato sauce soon, and more beef stock.
I've got some beautiful pink chive vinegar I made to show you all, and will use it to make some salad dressings. I also need to decant the red clover flower tincture I've had brewing.
It's also time to review the basic materials for homemade natural cleaners, and start making up some batches.
And I'm going to clean my oven using three simple ingredients.
Pictures, recipes and more on all this coming soon!
Today's Thrifty Tips and Handy Hints...
Jumbled towel cupboard no more! Do you have family members that love to dig their favourite towel out of your neatly folded stack, causing the pile to jumble and get messy? I fixed this problem by rolling my towels instead, and standing them upright in crates in the cupboard. That way everyone can grab the one they want, without messing up the rest. I even used two crates, and labelled them "Towels for bodies" and "Towels for hands" - the latter where I put the smaller towels we hang up for drying hands on.
Chicken pet mince is available from the Mad Butcher and is cheaper than canned cat/dog food or dog rolls. It's probably also a lot better for them, not having additives etc! Normally $2.99/kg, it is often on special for $1.99/kg, which is when I stock the freezer. Not for human consumption - contains ground up bones as well as meat etc (good for the pets). Feed a small dog such as a Maltese 1/4 cup pet mince plus 1/2 cup veges (any except onion or cabbage, and limit potato). Our large dog was healthy on 1 cup mince and 2 cups veges per day. A cat can have 1/3 cup mince, but hold the veges for them, as they're obligate carnivores.