Thursday, October 22, 2015

everyday

It feels so great to be back in the 'blogging world' again and all of your gorgeous comments on my last post really concreted that for me, thank you!
 
Since I last posted life has been slow, steady, and simple for us here on the farm - as it always is...
 
Spring is in full swing and I love that we are picking wild flowers from our paddocks EVERYDAY... These paper daisies are my all-time favourite and always remind me of my gorgeous friend Suzy's birthday.
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We were lucky enough to squeeze a trip down south to Melbourne, to visit dear friends, last weekend. The long car trip saw me knitting on a sweet little project for my kids, tube socks. These were such a great knit and I love that they fit my littlest guy just right, even though they were meant to be for my littlest girl. I used Jane Richmond's fantastic 'Tube Sock' pattern, 2.75mm circular needles, and malabrigo sock yarn - not the best yarn for socks as it wears fairly quickly but gorgeous all the same...
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This past 4 weeks has seen me dive into the art of Sourdough Bread Making. After growing my starter, Stan, for 10 days back on the 20th of September, I haven't looked back, I'm baking Sourdough bread EVERYDAY and loving that with every loaf I am learning something new. I'm definitely no expert and have a lot to learn and a long journey ahead of me but, at the moment, it's exciting and invigorating and so VERY rewarding....
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For instance, this mini loaf sat on the top shelf of my fridge 'proving' for 2 days because I simply 'forgot' about baking it - 2 days is WAY TOO LONG - normally (or so I've read anyway). And when I did finally bake it - for 15mins longer than I should have,
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it still turned out incredibly delicious!!! I love that I am yet to have a flop with Sourdough baking regardless of the mistakes that I make. Although the process of making this type of bread is much longer than with the dried yeast that I used to use I must admit, it is so much more satisfying and EVERYBODY loves it, even the kids... It's chewy and crunchy and earthy and DELICIOUS!
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This time of year brings with it a 'glut' of fresh produce, something that I truly love, and this week I'm picking more fresh radish then my family can eat so I'm trying something new and exciting and preserving them - pickled radishes, who would have thought!
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They're crispy and crunchy and spicy and sweet and tangy and salty and simply delicious - all at once!!!
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And to make them, I simply sliced my freshly picked(pulled) radishes and popped them in a sterilised jar with a few cloves of garlic, some peppercorns, a teaspoon of salt, and some chopped parsley. I then boiled 1 cup of white vinegar with 3/4 cups of white sugar, poured it over the top of my radishes, screwed on the lid and left it to cool.
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The next day for lunch, I cracked the jar and spooned some onto my salad - they are AMAZING!!!! My new favourite summer pickle, hands down....
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My lettuce is currently in the category of 'out-of-control'. I have about 100 plants at the moment and we are loving eating this delicious leafy green EVERYDAY, but... I'm wondering, 'what else can I possibly make with it' - any suggestions?
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In another garden bed, not too far away, I'm eagerly watching as our pumpkins are finally getting some legs. These pumpkins are very special as they are seeds from a dear friends delicious harvest from last year.
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And, after many weeks of watching we finally have zucchini, lots of zucchini in fact, and before we know it there's sure to be a glut of these also. Zucchini relish is a favourite in my home and I'm really looking forward to filling up our stores for another year, very soon... 
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After the flowers, knitting, bread baking, pickles, and vegetable growing there's always a little time for kittens, right? We have the cutest new additions this Spring, 'little-one'
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and 'sooty'.....
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Are you knitting, baking, preserving, gardening, or simply enjoying the company of new little additions this week where you are?

Jodie xoxo

15 comments:

  1. Great post Jodie

    I m currently working on my sourdough starter "Herman " and works as well as yours does. Sadly my garden is not as large as yours and is mainly herbs, I have an over active parsley plant and my lemon and lime trees are looking great....

    Love the kittens....

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    1. Awesome!!! - I hope your 'Herman' produces amazing bread for you Trish...
      Lemon and limes are my favourite fruit trees, hands down - they're such a great addition to any garden and when in flower smell simply divine...

      Jodie xx

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  2. It is Autumn in my neck of the woods. I enjoy seeing all the colors of your world right now. I will miss the flowers here. But with how fast time flies...it will be Spring here before I know it. lol

    The socks are great. I want to try to make them someday soon. They are adorable no matter which one of your children they fit. :-)

    Ah, kitties...we have four new ones here. They are so fun to watch.

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    1. Thanks Darlene... You're right, the time sure does fly by and before I know it I'll be embracing the beauty of autumn too...xx

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  3. So much goodness and pretty light in your photos Jodie...I love hearing about your bread adventures. Your loaves look delicious. Have a wonderful weekend x

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    1. Thanks Jane. I'm so enjoying baking with 'sourdough' and only wished that we lived closer as I'd be round for a cuppa to share baking stories.. xx

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  4. Your garden looks amazing at the moment and it's certain to be keeping you busy! Happy weekend x

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    1. Oh it is Kate, and I love that... xxx

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  5. Those daisies are beautiful Jodie. I might just have to try pickling some radishes too - they sound delish xxxx

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  6. Great work with your bread - it is such a lovely rhythm to slip into isn't it...just a tiny amount of effort but so worthwhile.

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  7. Hi Jodie,
    you can braise the salad and serve it warm together with peas, you would have to look up the recipe though, I cannot remember exactly how it goes.

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  8. Hi Jodie,
    you can braise the salad and serve it warm together with peas, you would have to look up the recipe though, I cannot remember exactly how it goes.

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    1. Thanks Therese, I'll give it a go... xx

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  9. One dish I grew up eating in the summer was wilted lettuce and onions and serve it with brown beans and ham on fresh cornbread. You make a salad of lettuce, green onions and radishes. Fry salt pork or bacon and crumble over the salad then drizzle the hot grease sparingly over the top and ear immediately. A variant is to add an equal amount of cider vinegar to the hot grease then drizzle. It's awesome with brown beans and ham. I just wish I had been able to get my Grammie's cornbread recipe before she died. She never wrote it down and I've never been able to duplicate it.

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