• Few days at the farm…

    A few days ago, CJG and I were invited by Elisabeth Fekonia to spend few days at her farm, in order to give her a hand with the garden and the animals. We accepted gladly as we knew that in addition to being helpful, we’d also learn a lot. Indeed, Elisabeth is the person who taught us how to make homemade brie, cheddar, cottage cheese, butter, ghee, sour cream, yoghurt and kefir – all of this in a one day workshop only! But she also knows how to make sourdough bread, miso, saurkraut, rennet, soap (out of pig fat), sponge (out of the luffa vine), as well as how to…

  • How to make cottage cheese at home

    In addition to butter, yoghurt and brie, we’ve loved making cottage cheese at home too. It’s so easy we almost don’t want to tell people.  We normally use 2L of Cleopatra’s raw cow’s milk, removing the cream and putting it aside to make our butter.  To remove the cream simply leave your milk standing upright in the fridge so the cream can naturally separate from the milk – you will see a definite line.  Once separated, just make a small hole at the bottom of the bottle, take the lid off the top of the bottle and let the milk drain from the hole in to a separate jar.  When it has…

  • Contest! Guess who are these smallest-eggs-ever from?… There is a prize for the winner!

    Check this out – our flatmate just found these eggs behind the books on her shelf. To give you a better idea of the size, we’ve added a 50 cents coin by their side… So what kind of eggs do you think these are?… Leave us your answer in the comments, and we’ll offer a surprise to the first who provides us with the right answer 🙂 Come back in few days to get the answer!… UDPATE: We have a winner here! In addition to the comments visible hereunder, we’ve also received a number of emails – but all provided wrong answers though. So the correct answer is given by…

  • Yuk!… How long do you think you can keep a McDonald hamburger without it decomposing?

    So, how long do you think you can keep a McDonald hamburger on your shelf, without it decomposing? 2 hours? 8 hours? 2 days? 2 weeks perhaps? Nope, you are still far from the truth… Believe it or not, according to Karen Hanrahan, you can keep it for 12 years! And counting! As you can judge by yourself on the picture below, it looks exactly like a fresh one… The hamburger on the right is from 2008; the one on the left is from 1996. So let’s make sense of that. We know that any food decomposes rather rapidly right? Think of leaving your bread on your kitchen bench. It goes…

  • How to make yoghurt at home

    Yoghurt is our weekly must make product.  We usually use 2L of Cleopatra’s raw cow’s milk (including the cream on top), heat it to 85° C then let it cool to 43° C. Since raw milk is illegal to sell for consumption in Australia, Cleopatra’s raw milk is sold as Bath Milk, for cosmetic purposes only… but if you aren’t “brave” enough to use raw milk or can’t get a hold of it, just buy some organic pasteurised unhomogenised milk (see the UPDATE at the end of this post for more information). We then add 2 grains of the yoghurt culture… we got ours from cheeselinks.com and chose the type…

  • Harvesting during a flood

    As we described in our first ‘harvest’ post, we want to share more photos from our garden with you. At the moment our city is flooding severely. People are evacuating, packing up their things, thousands of homes have been filled with water and some have even lost their lives. On our side, we are lucky as we are on high ground. Many people have been “panic buying” supplies in preparation for isolation and lack of transport. Our CSA (community supported agriculture – see this post for information about CSAs), Food Connect, are having difficulty delivering fruit and vegetable boxes as their drivers can’t get through flooded roads. We have bought some…

  • Is organic food elitist?

    Dear readers, although the current post can be read in and for itself, please note that it is a continuation of our two previous posts “Why we’ve decided to stop buying food from supermarkets…” and “Who is the ‘authority’ that said that Coca-Cola was safer to drink than raw milk?” So, let’s consider whether organic food is elitist. First let’s ask the question, is cheap food really cheap? Yes, we understand that an industrialised jam sold for $3.50 is cheaper than an organic jam sold for $5.70, but behind the price tag, one needs to also consider the ‘hidden’ costs of industrial food. Let’s, for instance, consider the environmental costs. According…

  • Harvesting our garden despite the rain

    As we described in our last ‘harvest’ post, we often forget to take photos of our harvests from our organic garden to show you. Lately it has been raining a lot so we haven’t been able to get into the garden to work on it and plant new vegetables. Additionally, the lack of sun and constant pools of water have had a significant impact on our plants. Despite this we were lucky enough to harvest some sweet potatoes (with a few holes in them!) and aubergines (still a bit small) and we are very grateful they have survived. Tonight will be roast sweet potato and aubergine salad with fresh homemade…

  • Who is the ‘authority’ that said that Coca-Cola was safer to drink than raw milk?

    In  a previous post, we shared why we’ve decided to move away from industrialised processed food and stopped buying food from supermarkets. For instance, we recalled that as far as our hormones and metabolism are concerned, there’s no difference between a bowl of unsweetened corn flakes purchased in a supermarket and a bowl of table sugar… So what does it have to do with the present post, i.e. ‘who is the ‘authority’ that said that Coca-Cola was safer to drink than raw milk?’ The question stems from the fact that the cola drink, which is an unhealthy drink if one looks at its proportion of sugar (or worse, sucrose or…

  • Why we’ve decided to stop buying food from supermarkets…

    It took me some time to realise just how unhealthy the food I’ve consumed for most of my life actually is – yeah, you know the food bought in supermarkets, not even fast-food and junk-food. I’ve been a bit naive this whole time but I think I’m now getting a better understanding of it all. I want to share with you just a few of the things I’ve discovered, but please research for yourself what you are eating too. Recently a network of French associations released a study, and its results are pretty scary – yet concern anyone living in an industrialised society. The aim of the study was to understand what…

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