Paddock+Garden = Today’s Late Lunch

Our plan, for a long time, has been to be as close to a self-sustainable lifestyle as possible while still having a practical mindset….you can’t do everything! We still have a long way to go, however, today marks a milestone at RaFG headquarters.

Today, when I looked at our roast lunch, there were only two things on the plate that had not come out of the garden or the paddock (condiments excluded), the potatoes and the broccoli. It’s too early for potatoes (here anyway) and I never have any luck growing anything in the Brassica family.

I started to write this post while lunch was cooking. I could smell the leg of lamb (from one of our lambs) roasting away in it’s marinade of garlic and rosemary (both out of the garden) infused in olive oil.

In the saucepan, ready to cook, were the beans and squash picked fresh out of the garden.

And soon to go into the roasting pan, with the lamb, was the golden nugget pumpkin that I picked yesterday.

All we need now is a crop of hops and some grape vines…

What’s growing in your garden?

Mrs D x

 

 

Monday Naanday

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It’s Monday again and the day has gone a bit like this.

Due to all the rain we have had (150 mm so far), the driveway was a mess, I couldn’t distinguish the poo from the mud (pooey mud or muddy poo) in the piggy pen, my boots became saturated (and probably had a layer of poo attached to them) and we had something that resembled a Chinese laundry happening in the lounge room.

Brinny, the Blue Heeler cross, popped over from one of the properties over the back to harass Panda. She is a sweet dog, in a naughty and annoying puppy kind of way, however is known to have killed a chook (not ours) so I’ve just kept an eye on her. Panda was not impressed.

Over the weekend, it seems I pinched a nerve (or something) behind my shoulder blade. It could have been caused from digging in the garden (which is now mostly dead except for garlic, tree onions and pumpkins) or it could have been from helping Mr D with the fencing on Friday. Whatever the cause, it pretty much rendered me useless yesterday (I watched 4 movies in a row which is unheard of for me) so today I was very careful not to overdo it (orders from Mr D). No movies today though.

My injury and the continuous rain left me limited to what I could achieve today (aside from feeding animals and necessary tasks) so I googled uses for old tyres (there is a huge pile of them that were here when we bought the place and they cost $6 each to tip) and thought I’d post about Naan bread.

Naan is a flat bread. It’s pretty easy and is a delicious side to your favourite curry. You can eat it plain or flavoured. We like to pan fry them in a garlic butter.

The last time I made a batch of these, I froze two-thirds of the dough (something I haven’t done before). They froze well and cooked perfectly after defrosting. Just ensure that they are wrapped well to stop them drying out.

Garlic Naan (served here with a Massaman Curry)

1 1/2 cups warm milk

1/2 teaspoon yeast

1 teaspoon sugar

1 teaspoon salt

3 1/2 cups plain flour

50 grams butter

2 to 3 crushed garlic cloves (2 to 3 teaspoons minced garlic)

I make most of my dough in the bread maker. This way I can do something else in the meantime.

Place milk in the bread maker, add the flour, sugar, salt and lastly the yeast. Select the dough setting and press start. It will take about 1 1/2 hours depending on your machine.

Once the bread maker is finished, remove the dough, knead for about 30 seconds on a lightly floured surface and then place in a large bowl. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and a tea towel and place in a warm spot to rise. Try and leave for at least two hours.

 

Remove the dough from the bowl, punch with your fist and lightly knead again on a floured surface. Divide the dough into 12 balls (or smaller if desired). Using a lightly floured rolling-pin, roll each ball flat. Cook Naan in a hot dry fry pan with the lid on. The bread will puff up. When they start to brown, flip them. Remove to a plate until ready for the garlic butter.

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In the same fry pan, melt the butter. Add the garlic and cook for a minute or two. Fry each of your Naan breads in the garlic butter, turning once. Wrap in foil to keep hot. Serve.

Yum! Enjoy. Mrs D x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Garden: 17th April Edition

I’m wondering where the time goes. It’s April, and more than half way through it. Scary!

It has been weeks since my last post. I have lots of posts that I have started however I just haven’t had the time to complete them. It takes hours to put these things together.

Mr D and I did Fire Arms Safety training this afternoon in preparation for getting our firearms licence. It is the only way we are going to deal with the fox problem. I have to tell you that I was feeling anxious about the whole thing and needed a distraction. Apart from the usual chores of the day, I find the garden always manages to transport me to a peaceful place.

So…..today in the garden. More of a photo journey.

It was a dismal day weather wise. Sun out, sun not out! I don’t mind…just rain. We need more rain.

The tree onions and the garlic are happy in this weather. It’s my first time growing them so we will see how we go.

The Zucchinis keep on keeping on although the dreaded leaf mould has begun with the onset of the cooler weather.

The Musquee De Provence continues to invade the garden. This one is huge. I placed a seed packet on it to give you an idea of the size.

Luckily, the weather has been warm enough to keep the tomatoes ripening on the vine. The vines have started to die back though.

Radishes. They just keep on growing. I pulled up a few today to add to the salad and just threw in some seeds to take their place.

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The citrus is the anomaly. Citrus does not grow well in this region which is why all of our trees are in large pots on the verandah. We have flowers and fruit on the lemon, lime and cumquat trees. I fertilise and mulch regularly remembering to keep a 5 cm space between the trunk of the plant and the mulch. Citrus likes it’s personal space.

The squash is coming to an end. I think these are the last two as the plant dies back.

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The sunflowers are starting to wither. I will grow these again because if nothing else, they put on a smile on my face.

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The sweet potato is something new. Similar to potatoes except vine like.

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I threw some corn seeds in and I’m hoping they will make it before the first serious frost. Fingers crossed!

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I have also thrown some beetroot seeds in as the last lot didn’t come up (might have something to do with the age of the seeds). They grow pretty quickly in the right conditions so with any luck, I will have something to pickle before the real Winter hits.

Well that’s it. Not really a day in the garden. More like a couple of hours.

Mr D and I passed the Firearms course. I made a couple of silly mistakes in the test. Anxiety can be the worst thing however I passed. Applications are now in the mail (because I am ultra organised and didn’t want to make a special trip into town tomorrow just to post them) and we will receive notification in about six weeks….because you can’t rush these things. Right?

What’s happening in your veggie garden?

Have a great week!

Mrs D x