Category: Preserving

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…

Little miracles

Yesterday was one of those comfy days.  After reading your comments I was feeling well and cared for and worked all day in a little blog cuddle bubble. Daisy gave 36 pounds of milk in the morning and 26 in the afternoon. The weather…

Honey Lemon Marmalade on a lovely late Winter Day

With the last of my lemons I made Honey Lemon Marmalade adapted from a recipe I found at Food In Jars.   It was the most amazing day yesterday. We let the fire go out and I had the windows and doors open. The air…

Making pear cider on the Sustainable Farm – Nothing is Wasted.

A chilly autumnal day (this word autumnal needs to be said out loud, I think it has the most beautiful sound).  Today we begin to make the pear cider. The pears have been sitting in the shed quietly ripening and now they are looking…

Easy Tomato Chutney

My mother was the jam maker and my father  preserved hundreds of jars of fruit,every summer. We ate one huge jar of peaches or pears every day at breakfast –  if  the season had been good. So it was kind of rare for one…

Heirloom Tomatoes- A Man’s Munch.

Every Christmas Our John studies the seed catalogues, makes lists, loses the lists, makes more lists, studies more catalogues then finally orders piles of tomato seeds. He orders all kinds of other seeds as well but the tomato for him is the Major Crop….

You say Tomayto and I say Tomarto – Summer Sauce

Where I was born and where I learnt to cook, in New Zealand, when we preserve our produce we call it Bottling and  we “Put them Down.’  Here  (US) we say “Put them up’ and call it Canning but both are in a glass…

Basil Pesto

Here is the pesto recipe.  Remember when making a dish with so few ingredients use the very best ingredients. At the Farmers Market in Evanston the other day I saw baskets of basil. Freshly picked. Gorgeous. Pine nuts are horribly expensive but worth it….