Butternut Squash Ice-cream

One of our best harvests this year (other than the piles of tomatoes we are dealing with ) are butternuts or butternut squash as they say here in America. Whitney  (one of the two chefs in residence) walked across to the other farm on her day off where the butternuts are growing ,  returned armed with a fat …

A Day on the Couch

Well it was SO cold. It never even reached above Freezing Point yesterday.  And the day before yesterday I overdid it just a little. So I had to have a rest day which means no sitting down, no bending over and no lifting. My kefir mother had been working for  24 hours so  I made …

How to make Bacon and Egg Pie

In New Zealand if someone says to you ‘Would you like a pie?” or even a piece of pie,  they will be talking about a savoury pie – meat pies, chicken pies or bacon and egg pies and the whole gamut of concoctions in between. A pie has pastry on the bottom and the top …

Uova da Raviolo .. kind of

But first it was dog wash day. Poor fellows – commiserating with each other. Well Ton is commiserating, already Boo has lost focus. The dough for the pizza bianca.  It will be brushed with olive oil, a little salt and a whisper of rosemary.  It takes 24 hours to rise in the bottom of the …

Celery Soup for my Little Sister

Even though my little sister lives far, far away in New Zealand I can still cook her some celery soup. Aren’t we lucky. Our mother became sick when my sister was only a little girl and I keep forgetting that she saw me in the kitchen more often than she ever saw Mum there. So …

Boys and Chicks

I love having children on the farm. Just having fun. After the mandatory swim, this fellow gathers eggs, feeds the cats, (Egoli was found at his house so he always brings him and Tiba a little pot of food each).  He picks tomatoes in the gardens then settles down with a little jar of dried …

The Hay Man Cometh

And he kindly said what an excellent stand of hay, you should get about a hundred bales off that.  Then  he mowed it down to the dirt and roared off down the road! Well, said Daisy. Quite the conversationalist isn’t he? He will be back on Wednesday to see how it is drying and then …

Muffins and Mad Dogs

My friends the young students, and I made fruit and vege muffins yesterday.   Which gave us plenty of energy for outdoor pursuits. I found this recipe somewhere ages ago and delve into it off and on, using whatever is in the house (that recipe should read one and a half cups of flour) I …