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Sausage Virgin

Here in the West Tamar Valley, we have a small, newly formed slow food group. It is comprised in the large part by local wine makers. I’m the add-on wine appreciator. We had our inaugural meeting a couple of months … Continue reading

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Eggplant and Green Bean Curry (without the beans)

We had friends over for a late afternoon tea and it was so nice seeing them that we pressed them to stay for dinner. Joel had recently picked the last of the french eggplants – those lovely white ones without … Continue reading

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Spinach & Ricotta Pie

A very simple pie – but a good one at this time of year, when spinach and silverbeet are so vigorous in the garden. And not a bad way of getting iron-rich greens into children’s resistant little tummies. Bunch of … Continue reading

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Quince Cake & Homesteader Kitchen Wishlist

Still working my way through the Urban Farming Tasmania quinces… Here is a quince cake that I made for afternoon tea at home today. I work in the School of Architecture & Design at the University of Tasmania and one … Continue reading

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Bottling Apricots

I had to travel to Hobart and back for work a few weeks ago. When I got home, my husband and I had a lovely interaction that went something like this: ‘How was your day?’ he asked. ‘It was great!’ … Continue reading

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GoatFest

My husband loves goats. He always has. I don’t know what prompted the fascination but it is there. Brewing. Which, in the end, will mean only one thing. We will have goats. My firm stipulation is that we fix our … Continue reading

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The Placenta Finally Gets Buried

I had a homebirth with my second child and it was one of the best experiences of my life. Little Solomon was born gently in the water in our candlelit bathroom at 12.12pm on 17 July 2009. Until last week, … Continue reading

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Rosie: A Beef Odyssey

Rosie the dexter cow was a sometimes cursed, always loved, member of our micro-farm family. But last Thursday, Mark the mobile butcher paid us a call. It was time for us to put our principles into action. To lovingly raise … Continue reading

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Rosie, the contrary calf

Having waxed lyrical in an earlier post about the wonders of house cows, I now need to vent about the problems of cheeky calves. When I got up this morning and looked out the kitchen window, there was Rosie – … Continue reading

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Beefy Little Milkers

To me, low fat, pasteurised, homogonised milk is like day-time television. Totally banal and uninteresting, and definitely not something that nourishes the mind, body and soul. When I lived in Melbourne, I coveted raw 100% Jersey Aphrodite Bath Milk. I … Continue reading

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