Eight Acres - the blog — real food

Organic isn't everything.......

Apr 16 2018 2 Comments Tags: butcher, chickens, eggs, meat, organic, real food

We eat eggs for breakfast every morning whenever possible and I do notice the difference if I don't have them, as I get hungry earlier in the morning.  When I have to stay away from home for work, the one thing that miss the most (apart from Pete, the dogs and the other animals) is fresh eggs from our chickens.   I usually order eggs from the hotel for breakfast each morning, but they are not the same as my home eggs.  They have a darker orange yoke and a funny taste.  Even store bought organic free-range eggs do not taste as good as our home-raised pastured-fed eggs, and here's why.

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Real food in a slow cooker

Feb 21 2018 2 Comments Tags: Nourishing Traditions, real food, slow cooker, stock

My slow cooker has become one the most useful tools in my kitchen for producing real food that is also tasty and cheap.  I use the slow cooker most often for four different dishes: stock, casserole, pot roasts and soup.

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Using the whole beast

Oct 31 2017 2 Comments Tags: beef, butcher, real food, tallow, tanning

Every year around winter-time we have one of our home-raised steers butchered at our property by a mobile a butcher.  We fill the freezer with meat, bones and tallow, and we sometimes even keep the hide for tanning.  It is very important to us that, as far as possible, we use the whole beast.  If this is something that you would to do too, here are a list of posts that you may find useful.

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We don't have a microwave

Jun 26 2017 0 Comments Tags: house, kitchen, real food

When the cabinet maker asked me where we wanted the microwave in the new kitchen I had a mental-blank. I couldn't think where to put it and when I really thought about it, I didn't actually want a microwave. We did still own one at that stage, but we hardly used it. I find them kind of ugly and I don't completely trust them. We haven't had a microwave in the new kitchen since we moved in Easter,...

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Pack your own lunch recipes - April 2017

Apr 26 2017 0 Comments Tags: frugal, lunch, real food

More lunches to share with you.  We always cook in bulk in the weekend and make all our lunches for the following week.  These are ideas for lunch or just bulk cooking.  You can find more recipes in my January postFebruary post and March post. I also share them on Instagram each Sunday or Monday night (you will also see them on the Facebook page). I hope these posts are inspiring you to cook...

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Pack your own lunch recipes - March 2017

Mar 29 2017 0 Comments Tags: frugal, lunch, real food

This is my third post sharing our lunch recipes (you don't have to use them for lunch, they are just recipes that are easy to cook in bulk).  You can find more recipes in my January post and my February post. I also share them on Instagram each Sunday night (you will also see them on the Facebook page). And I'll post the recipes at the end of the month. I hope these posts are inspiring you to cook...

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