Monday, January 31, 2011



Nothing is better on freshly baked bread than some good olive oil or some freshly churned butter. We've been making our own lately, it's so simple. You buy a carton of pure cream with minimum fat content of 35% and you beat it hard and fast. The end result is butter and buttermilk.... Bewdiful
PS. I normally stop for a minute at the whipped cream stage to dip the finger a couple times :-)

170 Year Old Sourdough Starter (maybe)

Sour dough starter top LH corner, with various loaves using the starter
We love all thing bready, so it was only a matter of time before we embarked on the sourdough journey. It's quite simple really, mix equal parts flour and water in a bowl and leave it uncovered on your bench or outside and let the natural yeasts that abound in the air do it's thing. Everyday, add fresh flour/water mixture to feed your starter in a 1:1 ratio, ie, if you start with 70g flour/70g water, day two add the same amount and day three add 140g flour/140g water. Simple....

My claim is that seeing our house is 170 years old, the yeasts floating round inside (Falling down from the ceiling) would be of a similar age? There's some logic in that...

Monday, January 24, 2011

Sorry Jamie, I still love your work but.....

there is another man in my life, the gourmet farmer.

You see Jamie, now that we are small lot owners, we are able to grow even more of our own produce and the gourmet farmer has some great tips and ideas that you don't cover in Jamie Oliver At Home, and he's a local using tasmanian produce. But don't worry, we still delve into your books at least a couple times a week for great recipes..

My darling wife bought me the Real Food Companion and the Gourmet Farmer DVD for my birthday.. One can never have too many cook books and "Farming" self help books...

Friday, January 21, 2011

Do yourself a favour

and get out there this Saturday. Be warned, the bread goes on sale about 8am and is usually sold out by about 8.02am...

Saturday Growers’ Market at Utsi Cafe, Perth
8am to 12noon

vegies, herbs, seedlings, free range chicken & duck eggs, locally roasted coffee beans

wood fired brick oven sourdough bread, preserves, olive oils & honey

all locally grown, raised or made
If you live locally & grow your own vegetables, plants, raise your own chickens etc & would like to sell your excess produce, contact us by phone or email, facebook or twitter to reserve a market stall.
There is no charge for stallholders !

Thursday, January 20, 2011

The king is dead

Quite enjoying a bit of american roots music at the moment, although the fiddle does get a bit much on some songs

Listen to it here

25 Years on Dire Straits' 'Money for Nothing' Banned in Canada

Read about it here

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Sunset (Again)

We just don't tire of these magnificent sunsets, however, capturing all the splendour on film is not the easy task...


Fraid so.......

Vegie Identification

What a great way to label your vegies and get your kids in on the act too!


It was a birthday present from Mandy... Thanks

Tuesday, January 18, 2011


I like it already

Flood plains

The river across the road was on the rise last weekend so i popped over to flick around a woolly bugger hoping to pick up a fat brown trout..

Thursday, January 13, 2011


Back at work pretty much full time now. I worked a day last week and Monday this week, before absconding to Coles Bay for an overnighter.

The girls made me my lunch, apple juice and a cheese, lettuce and tomato sandwich. Not sure if it will keep me going all afternoon, but the thought of fresh flathead for tea certainly will!