Category Archives: Homesteading

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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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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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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A Celebration of our New Garden and Life

Wow! What a year. So much happened in 2011 that I didn’t make a blog entry after January. The biggest thing to happen was we sold our house in town with the transformed garden and bought a bigger garden (3.5 … Continue reading

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A Celebration of our Garden and Life

We used to live in Melbourne. My husband and I met in a sharehouse on Lygon Street in North Carlton when we were both postgraduate students at Melbourne Uni. We wooed each other with food and used to breakfast on … Continue reading

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