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by Huxter
Mon Jan 11, 2010 9:09 am
Forum: Aussie Gardening - Growing your own food
Topic: What are you eating ??
Replies: 10
Views: 4539

What are you eating ??

After watering this morning to alleviate the effects of yesterday's 43 and now today's 43 again ,I picked our days food .Four good sized lebanese zucchs ,marrows really ,1/2 bucket assorted heirloom toms ,three cucumbers ,an armful of silverbeet and rocket ,several golden shallots ,several French br...
by Huxter
Mon Jan 11, 2010 8:48 am
Forum: Recipe sharing at the Kitchen Bench
Topic: Pastrami, my new favourite thing!
Replies: 3
Views: 3071

Re: Pastrami, my new favourite thing!

Sounds excellent ---and if like us ,you get a lot of corned meat with a killed steer,its perfect .We actually get about 25 pieces of corned meat with a steer as I prefer that to second-rate roasting joints or bbq steaks or whatever . Could we do this with pork ?? That might be my next project .I've ...
by Huxter
Mon Jan 11, 2010 8:41 am
Forum: Preserving and Canning in Australia
Topic: Preserving eggplants
Replies: 7
Views: 4752

Re: Preserving eggplants

What about preserving your eggplant in the Calabrese style ,suitable for an antipasto platter or just gobbled up on crusty bread ! Slice your eggplant lengthways about 1/2 inch thick ,then slice again the same thickness so you end up with lots of thin strips of eggplant . Now ,using cooking salt ,do...
by Huxter
Sun Dec 06, 2009 1:20 am
Forum: Recipe sharing at the Kitchen Bench
Topic: Lemon Ginger Watermelon Pickles
Replies: 2
Views: 2243

Re: Lemon Ginger Watermelon Pickles

Thanks Kathleen ---I certainly will be making this
by Huxter
Mon Nov 23, 2009 5:48 am
Forum: Preserving and Canning in Australia
Topic: Watermelon Pickle
Replies: 1
Views: 1941

Watermelon Pickle

Catherine and I did fruit platters for a staff function at her school the other day and I was amazed at the amount of watermelon rind left behind .We must put more weight in the compost than our stomachs when we eat watermelon ! And I 've read recipes for watermelon rind pickle ,mainly American , bu...
by Huxter
Sun Nov 15, 2009 11:38 pm
Forum: 'Under the Udder' - how to make, cheese, butter, ice-cream, yogurt at home!
Topic: The start of mould
Replies: 10
Views: 4288

Re: The start of mould

Thought I'd mention this after looking at some photos here .At work ,after we cut the curd for a brie/camembert make (and a 2 -way cut only ) ,we then hardly disturb it ---minimal curd distrubance which makes for a richer smoother cheese --- we ladle by hand for the larger hoops and pour gently for ...
by Huxter
Sun Nov 08, 2009 9:56 pm
Forum: Aussie Gardening - Growing your own food
Topic: What are you planting ??
Replies: 7
Views: 3502

Re: What are you planting ??

Well --a list to envy , I must say ellengray !! But my evil mind wonders what a "castrato" zucchini would look like ???? ------anything to do with the shape ??? --given the original Italian means "eunuch" ,what may a castrato zucchini lack ??? I won't sleep tonight wondering !! P...
by Huxter
Sat Nov 07, 2009 8:55 am
Forum: Aussie Gardening - Growing your own food
Topic: What are you planting ??
Replies: 7
Views: 3502

Re: What are you planting ??

Gee Catherine will never forgive me If I don't mention her magnificent strawberry patch as well .Fully dug over and well manured over winter then a green manure crop added and slashed down in late July .Then the new crowns ,3 different types all producing beautifully ,sitting up on pine needles ,(so...
by Huxter
Sat Nov 07, 2009 7:34 am
Forum: Aussie Gardening - Growing your own food
Topic: What are you planting ??
Replies: 7
Views: 3502

What are you planting ??

I've been busy planting all sorts of things now we have the chook dome system --need plenty of food for the chooks too so silver beet is being grown everywhere . So far wwe have beans --bush ,climbing and snake peas -climbing pod ,sugar snap and snow shallots ,bunching and spring onions silver beet ...
by Huxter
Sat Nov 07, 2009 7:12 am
Forum: Recipe sharing at the Kitchen Bench
Topic: Brie ,leek and pumpkin quiche/tart
Replies: 2
Views: 2586

Brie ,leek and pumpkin quiche/tart

4 eggs --I used 2 duck and two hen eggs 2 large leeks --homegrown I hope ! 200 g pumpkin --is that homegrown too ? 250 g brie 1 heaped tsp mustard powder 300 ml cream --- from Dexters would be perfect !!!! olive oil ,butter and seasonings Set the oven to 180 C Cut the leeks lengthways then finely sl...
by Huxter
Sat Nov 07, 2009 6:54 am
Forum: 'Under the Udder' - how to make, cheese, butter, ice-cream, yogurt at home!
Topic: Day in the life of a boutique cheesemaker
Replies: 1
Views: 2558

Day in the life of a boutique cheesemaker

My part-time ,every now and then , job at the cheesery seems to have become almost full-time ,not what I wanted but fantastic work in an area I love .Demand for the cheeses has increased hugely after the white mold brie won a gold medal at the Brisbane Royal and Sydney Dairy Specialist Shows . This ...
by Huxter
Sun Nov 01, 2009 12:05 am
Forum: Aussie Gardening - Growing your own food
Topic: Mandala gardens with chook domes
Replies: 23
Views: 10872

Re: Mandala gardens with chook domes

Did I watch it !!!! ---I did a mad Costa-type dance around the telly room in delight .He's been a breath of fresh air on Aussie tv .I hope many others did and embrace the sheer joy of gardening , growing you own food and cooking it and preserving it . If only all the answers were so simple --- Food ...
by Huxter
Sat Oct 24, 2009 11:17 pm
Forum: Aussie Gardening - Growing your own food
Topic: Preparing for Spring
Replies: 19
Views: 6578

Re: Preparing for Spring

Last year on about Dec 17th we had freak hailstorms that wrecked my garden but commercial fruit under netting nearby was saved .Some farmers would have saved millions of dollars worth so it paid off in one season . And most farmers get the message ,if not push the message about conservation .Its the...
by Huxter
Sat Oct 24, 2009 6:28 am
Forum: Read all About it - in the News!
Topic: GE found in honey
Replies: 5
Views: 5695

Re: GE found in honey

I'm re-reading these old threads and the tale is true .We have had a massive increase in the amount of GE canola planted around here this year .And I do have trouble pollinating some things .I did have several rogue hives of Eoropean honey bees in hollow Grey Box trees that have now disappeared for ...
by Huxter
Sat Oct 24, 2009 6:11 am
Forum: 'Under the Udder' - how to make, cheese, butter, ice-cream, yogurt at home!
Topic: No Cheesing this week
Replies: 1
Views: 1664

Re: No Cheesing this week

The cheesery I work in now is usually between 35 and 38C ----the cutting and packaging room is cooled but with milk at between 33 and 42 depending on what we make ,and the constant flow pasteuriser running at 77C and the huge industrial dishwasher runing constantly to clean hoops ,trays,mats etc , i...
by Huxter
Sat Oct 24, 2009 5:59 am
Forum: Aussie Gardening - Growing your own food
Topic: Preparing for Spring
Replies: 19
Views: 6578

Re: Preparing for Spring

With reference to the bird netting mentioned here ,a more bird friendly version is available and its white to differentiate it from the other .The birds can't get through it unless its settled on the fruit but can't entangle in it either .We get Lorikeets coming through when the apricots are ripenin...
by Huxter
Thu Oct 22, 2009 9:02 pm
Forum: Aussie Gardening - Growing your own food
Topic: Mandala gardens with chook domes
Replies: 23
Views: 10872

Re: Mandala gardens with chook domes

Chook domes--photos ?? ---yes , when we buy a new camera ,but Dad has some photos of our friends mandala garden so I've asked him to email them to me --her garden is beautiful ,and shares a fence with the Barmah Redgum Forest National Park ,so her bird life is extraordinary .I'll post the shots if D...
by Huxter
Thu Oct 22, 2009 7:04 am
Forum: Aussie Gardening - Growing your own food
Topic: Mandala gardens with chook domes
Replies: 23
Views: 10872

Re: Mandala gardens with chook domes

What about toilet roll centres ,or shaping wet newspaper around a suitable shape till dry ,slipping off the resultant cup and planting the seed into that ,then plant the lot out when ready . Makes you aware not to overwater seeds too as the cups will fall apart if sodden One year we got tiolet roll ...
by Huxter
Wed Oct 21, 2009 6:39 am
Forum: Aussie Gardening - Growing your own food
Topic: Mandala gardens with chook domes
Replies: 23
Views: 10872

Re: Mandala gardens with chook domes

Aa mandala is just a central circle with 6 equal size circles around it .It is the most efficient way to use space .Maybe the "zen loony ,beat poet, organic rice doobie smokers" might find it generates energy and cosmic consciousness .I find that I have to do that ! And now the chooks will...
by Huxter
Tue Oct 20, 2009 8:51 pm
Forum: Recipe sharing at the Kitchen Bench
Topic: Rhubarb Champagne
Replies: 14
Views: 5954

Re: Rhubarb Champagne

Wow ,this sounds like a drink for me ---the alcohol content is a worry though --I'd have to drink 4 bottles !!!! ha ha ha .I did love watching the "English hyphen" making elder flower pop .The series just finished was excellent ,especially the butchering segment --I reckon I could cut up o...

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