Monday, April 16, 2012

A Month of Sundays - Session Two

We had a refreshing weekend here at The Beetle Shack and did indeed spend much of our Sunday working on 'food for the table' in one way or another - it is a Month Of Sundays after all. A large batch of hummus was made (again), pikelets were safely packed into the fridge as snacks and a full bird was roasted.




 all photo's except for the bottom one are taken by beaded beauty and River Cottage Bestie Jozef Oldfield. check out his insta feed @yossoldfield for a perve on all the best things in life.

It's the second time we've had home grown duck for dinner (you can read about our first experience here- but be warned that the images are kinda gory- if you are sensitive to that kind of thing I suggest you avoid the link) and I must say, each time has been equally delicious.

Dave and I often dream (along with our River Cottage Besties - Jess and Yoss) about selling up and moving to Tassie. A little bit of land, a large wood burning stove and full on self sufficiency. For now, a kitchen garden and the odd well fed, lovingly raised livestock will have to do.

Did you spend any time in the kitchen this week?
Also, i'd love to know how you feel about raising your own livestock for the plate.


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  2. Best I did was banana bread this evening...no livestock here :) x

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  3. OMG. How much I would love to do this.

    We try, try, try to be self sufficient and grow all our own vegies (haven't extended to livestock yet) but I must admit I feel time gets away from us and it always ends up on the backburner!

    Thanks for the little inspiration...

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  4. That was a well done post Em, not gory at all :)
    Don't move to Tassie, move to Durham Lead so we can be neighbours. It's just as cold and pretty here!

    Rach x

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  5. It was Passover this past week, so I spent a lot of time in the kitchen. We eat non-processed and paleo most of the time so admittedly I spend a lot of time in there anyway. I made a delish cashew cream cheesecake this week - labour intensive but very yummy!

    That duck looks totally delicious. Fatty duck skin is pretty much my favourite thing ever. Yum!

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  6. Em, I'm in Tassie, come and visit! It's all kinds of loveliness here but you guys have a gorgeous thing going on there too. Seriously :-D Well we're planning on doing the livestock to plate thing once we've properly settled in - pigs, lamb and chickens. Not our current lovely chooks though, they are strictly pets but we'll get some meat chooks soon that I don't get attached to. I'm funny like that. Roast duck would have to be one of my have dishes - yummo xx

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  7. I'm in Tassie...and I have that dream as well ;)

    Ally

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  8. Woah, check out the facial furniture on Dave this time! Love!!

    He's definitely got the fuzz for the big move to self-sufficiency in Tassie. I would share that dream, but I am far too lazy. It's hard work, baby!! x

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  9. I love this! We went halvsies in a piglet with our friends, built a pen for her on their farm, fed it all our veggie scraps and voila! Last week Happy the pig went to a happy place and by next week we'll be eating home grown bacon. It's the way to go, huh.

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  10. My husband and I would also love to move to Tassie and were inspired by Matt Evans' show Gourmet Farmer. Check it...

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  11. I wish I could grow our own live stock... for our plate... Not enough guts and space here...

    I have said this before but Tassie self sufficiency etc - is HARD work. I live here! The variety you get of food up your way is a bigger and last longer. Also in the dead of winter freshness can be a challenge... Enjoy it there!!!

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  12. Wow, sounds like a total feast for the senses at your place Em. I would struggle with the plumping of the livestock... I don't do blood and guts too well. But I do love your dream of self sufficiency, now that would be lovely. Tassie is a gorgeous part of the world, I have an uncle in Deloraine and an aunty in St Mary's (East Coast), haven't visited them for years, but would love to take the boys for a trip when they're a little older. Love that first pic of the match burning, awesome xo

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  13. Made 3 dozen cupcakes all with natural ingredients, that I didn't grow but sourced locally from local producers. Strawberry puree with a strawberry cream cheese frosting and pink vanilla hearts were my fav!

    I would love to live off the "fat of our own land" but we neither have the fat or the land! One day though... dreams do come true! ;)

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  14. That looks wonderful. We normally try to make a big stew or a pot of bolognaise sause at the weekend - enough to last two meals. We add stuff on the second night to take out the bordom factor. Great not to have to cook much when you have been at work all day Monday.
    My dream is to have an orchard with a pig snuffling round eating up the windfalls x Would be lovely to know that you were eating such well cared for beasts. It we are going to eat meat we might as well do them the courtesy of treating them well whilst they are alive.

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  15. That looks and sounds lovely. We did nothing but cook and eat all weekend from a new french cook book I am currently obsessed with. One word. Butter.

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  16. Em, thank you very much for visiting and commenting on my humble blog.... Such kind words.

    As far as running away to the rural, oh...do I ever dream of it. If I were to choose a time to live other than now, I have always first thought of the Pioneer Days here in the US. It was a time of covered wagons, traveling, settling land, building and making everything from nothing. I would love to build a cabin with a loft and fireplace....and raise animals (and plants) to feed my family.... It is a far cry from today... but maybe that is why it romances me so.

    xo
    Paula

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  17. I love the idea of living self sufficiently on beautiful acreage, but we can barely grow herbs... until we develop green thumbs, living vicariously through 'Gourmet Farmer'will do the trick!
    Sounds like a wonderful weekend xx

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  18. We're off to Tassie next week, just for a little holiday. We plan to have a little look-see at a couple of properties just to see whether a move to Tassie for a more self-sufficient life is viable/appealing. We dream of it all the time, but I'm keen to see it 'in the flesh' to see if the reality lives up to the dream. I desperately want a veggie patch of my own. I think raising your own animals for meat is fantastic ... though I'm with you, I'd have to leave it to my man to do the killing (and head to the shops while it happened!)

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  19. Silly to ask really, but i cant help myself. Just wondering where the fab shirt is from in the first pic?! I;m birthday shopping for my man and this is just what i want to get!

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  20. Oh a little bit of land, and a PROPER big garden, some chickens and a pet goat... Dream come true! Totally think Tasmania is too cold, though. I'm like a lizard, I need full sunshine at all times :-)

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  21. I have to say that i also fantasize about moving to tassie, but i think that for now i'm better off in the big smoke :) I have spent a lot of time in the kitchen lately, mostly making way too many sweets. Must stop eating sugar! x

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  22. We started a kitchen garden with veggies for salads two weeks ago - im still struggling with it as i think loads of old plants and weeds have come up and i forgot to mark the veggies so I have no idea what is coming up :-( silly me. I know we could not keep livestock - I would not be ablet o do the killing and such... so will have to be happy with my small plot of land for now...

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  23. I am loving this month of sundays business on here lady. we are currently in a rental with no yard, so while livestock and crops are probably out of the question, the only thing stopping me from home-making some fresh pasta and lunchbox treats is pure laziness! Thanks for the inspiration to get my arse into gear ;)

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Thanks so much for your words of encouragement, advice and solidarity.

xo em