Cooking on the new stove is amazing, we can start off a pot roast for example on the cooker then leave it sitting on top of the stove bubbling away slowly all day.
Since we moved in we have spent all our time and effort setting up the smallholding, knowing that everything we done inside the house was pointless as we needed to completely renovate the house. There was one exception, the heating! We took my old log burning stove with back boiler with us and plugged it into the existing heating system but it was only 21.7KW and totally not sufficient to heat the house. It’s rated for 6-8 radiators & domestic hot water and couldnt manage the 36 radiators Continue reading
Last year while milking our cow I collected some cream off the top of some of the milk with the intention of making some homemade butter . I put it into containers and into the freezer, waiting until I had enough collected to match a batch. Unfortunately I forgot all about it in the bottom of the deep freezer.
A couple of weeks ago I took 4.5lts out and decided to give it a go. Continue reading
Discovered this fantastic looking cheese while over in Thomas’s of Foxrock and thought it would be a great addition to lunch with Mont d’Or as the center-piece. I was told it needed to be baked a little in the oven and served like a fondue with everyone dipped some crusty freshly baked bread into it. Continue reading
Only problem was it was in one whole fillet and frozen. But last night was the night I really wanted a big thick piece of fillet so out came the saw and knife… Continue reading
Had another glut of tomatoes so made a massive batch of tomato soup. It’s a 30 litre pot and was just over half full and I used over 9kg of tomatoes Continue reading
I got the last of the summer honey extracted and its a nice rich golden color. This batch is from the bees at the bottom of the field here on the farm and was taken from the hives in September. Continue reading
Made another big batch of passata, 3 big oven dishes full of tomatoes. Continue reading
Chris got the first few kilos of tomatoes that I picked a couple of days ago prepared and in the oven and I started putting them through the machine after they were cooked. It has this great attachment that’s for slicing fruit and veg but its also great as a mouli, it grinds the pulp and juice out but leaves the skins behind Continue reading
We had our yearly end of summer BBQ a couple of weeks ago with family, friends and neighbors. This year I decided to make some sausages with a pork belly and shoulder that I had in the freezer. It was also a great excuse to try the new meat grinder and see how it performed Continue reading
Myself and Chris went down to the butcher last night to pick up the heifer and 2 lambs I brought down 3.5 weeks ago and we got back 23 boxes of meat. We now have plenty of our dexter mince, burgers, steaks and roasts as well as lamb burgers, chops and roasts if anyone is looking for some. Continue reading