Preserving herbs, simply

Of course the absolute best way to preserve herbs is to grow them yourself and keep them indoors, that way you can pretty much have fresh ones all year round and only ever pick what you need. However, if you’re like me and not particularly green fingered (though I am improving:-) you will sometimes be…

What to do with too many leafy greens..

We are just not a big salad eating family. Or rather, I should say, we are not a big leaf eating family. I like lettuce and spinach and arugula on occasion, but I just don’t eat enough of it to eat a whole lettuce or the huge box of organic spinach (shown in the picture)…

Cooking with essential oils

Essential oils have been around for thousands of years. We can see 188 references to them in the Bible alone, the most famous being Frankincense and Myrrh of course. Also two of the most expensive.   There is documented evidence as early as 1550 BC that the ancient Egyptians were using oils both for treating…

GingerBread

One of my favourite things about Christmas time is ginger bread, or anything with nutmeg in it! I have not made any for years though, so when I signed up to bake something as a thank you to the teaching staff at our son’s new school I figured I would give it a try. I…

First snow came early!

We were expecting snow on Saturday, hence the sawing of logs yesterday. However, when we woke this morning there was a light covering of white over everything. The horse was very confused. He’d been closed in the stable overnight, so had not noticed the snow, but when the top stable door was opened this morning,…

Getting ready for the first snow

We are due our first snow of the winter on Saturday, so I spent an hour or so this morning gathering kindling and sawing the larger branches (1-3″ diameter) into fire sized pieces. Yes, I actually hand sawed the branches myself! In lieu of the gym today, LOL. Aiming to be strong enough to split…

Cookware choices

Does the cookware we use affect the taste and/or quality of our food? Undoubtedly, yes! Particularly when you think about the traditional cast iron ware. Not only does it change the taste slightly, (for the better, in my view) it also gives the food traces of actual iron – which is incredibly useful as iron…

First fire of the season

When we cleared the paddock earlier this summer, the only tree we had to fell was an old black walnut. We just got the wood split to use this winter in the 6 fireplaces throughout the house. I’ve been itching to get one going since autumn began, but it had just not been cold enough….