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.
When I was sent a review copy of the book Modern Slow Cooker: 85 vegetarian and vegan recipes to make your life easy by the wonderful Alyce Alexandra, I was surprised so see it was all vegetable-based recipes, no meat at all. I have a few different slow cooker recipe books, and they are all meat-based.
The Prickly Pear cactus (Opuntia genus) was introduced to Australia in the 19th century and is now considered a weed. But the fruit and pads can be eaten, or made into preserves. It can also be used to make soap. I picked some fruit from plants on on our property, here's what I learnt...
Last weekend we got up early and prepared for a morning of killing poultry, not my ideal Saturday morning, but the time had come, we were going through too much food and not getting enough eggs. We had bred new hens, so it was time for the eldest of the flock to go. This is never easy, but its part of farming. We don't keep the chickens for pets, so we always know that one day we will kill them....
Our sub-tropical climate brings with it ridiculously hot summer days. And each 30degC plus day that I endured, reminded me that I could be harnessing this solar energy to cook my food! One of the permaculture principles is Use and Value Renewable Resources and of course the sun is the ultimate renewable energy resource. We have designed our house to use the sun's energy in winter and we are planning to get solar panels and solar hot water heating very soon. Why not also use the sun for cooking?
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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