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A Friday Photo

Dad on jallopy

 

Hello! I apologise for not showing up here this week, it was a week that got away from me. 

LOTS going on over here, it was a good week for egg production, a very good week for Bikkies and a great week for ANZAC biscuits! Hope you got one. 

This is my Dad driving the milk, in cans, to the dairy co-op. Circa 1960. What a fine looking vehicle. This photo is not at all representative of Dad's upbeat and cheerful demeanor. But I believe he still has that hat.

Hope you're all awesome and made at least one thing from scratch this week. You should be rehearsing – we're doing A MONTH from scratch very soon! OK? OK!!

xxx

 

18 Comments on “A Friday Photo

Angie
April 27, 2012 at 5:25 pm

Hello.. what a gorgeous vehicle!
This week I have actually made cream cheese from yoghurt (homemade yoghurt,and it’s really “labna” I think). And now,thanks to Sarah Wilson,I’m using her recipe to make sauerkraut: http://www.sarahwilson.com.au/2012/04/how-to-ferment-vegetables/

I’m not sure about a whole MONTH though? And what constitutes from scratch?Do I have to grind my own flour to make biscuits?

I shall watch with interest!

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innerpickle
April 27, 2012 at 6:42 pm

No, lovely lady, I am not going to insist that you grind wheat, although if I can get my hands on a grinder I’d love to try it! We’ll spell it all out before we start, but ‘from scratch’ just meaning first principles. Whole foods. Absolutely zero packaged goods except staples (flour, rice, oil etc.)

Maybe we should say that the number of children you have or hours you work inversely allows shortcuts? Only fair? Which means you’re ahead before we start!!!

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Christina
April 27, 2012 at 10:36 pm

Agree, that is indeed a fine looking vehicle. And looking like half tractor, half ute, my toddler would love it too. 🙂

I am excited about the from scratch challenge! I have been wanting to do more. I have already mentioned it on my blog http://www.alittlebirdtoldme-craft.com/2012/04/month-from-scratch.html and have also started making more from scratch, making changes and doing research. I can’t afford to do everything at once – like go out and buy all the ingredients to make the cleaning products, soap, soy yoghurt culture etc. at once – but I am learning, planning and changing the way we think about things.

I didn’t realise for instance that you could make your own soy yoghurt until I made a list of things to investigate making from scratch – we are all lactose intolerant to different degrees. I’ve long envied those who make their own cheese and yoghurt, wishing dairy didn’t dislike me so much. But soy yoghurt, I’d just never thought of making it myself. Now it is on my list to try.

Yesterday I did a fortnightly Aldi shop for the first time, instead of going weekly, and meal planned for the fortnight. Tomorrow I am going to the Rocklea fruit and veg markets for the first time with my sister. Lots of changes and challenges this coming month for me and I am looking forward to it and will document it on my blog. I’m hoping in the long term to cut our grocery bill from $150 a week to $100.

🙂

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Melanie @ M&M
April 27, 2012 at 11:10 pm

See how you inspire us! I was trying to find a way to use some tangelos that were starting to look dry. I found a recipe for a custard pie and made it for dinner last night. The recipe called for sweetened condensed milk and I didn’t have any, so I looked it up on the computer and found it’s easy to make yourself! So here’s the question — does powdered milk count as an acceptable staple or a packaged food? I use it a lot, so I need to know before I consider your challenge : )

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Melissa
April 27, 2012 at 11:32 pm

That truck is awesome! Cars had such character then. Now they all look the same. I’ve been trying to do “from scratch” more…not sure if I’m up to the challenge since I work full time. I already prepare all my “meats” on the weekend. We live in the suburbs, so I go to the butcher on Saturday and get two weeks worth of meat (give or take) and portion it out and do all the prep except cook it. Then I freeze most to use later. A lot of work on Saturdays, but so worth it during the week since I know exactly what we’re eating. Have a great weekend!

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Hazel
April 28, 2012 at 4:45 am

OK! I’ve made yogurt and bread (from hand ground wheat!) and we’ve just eaten homemade pizza (but we bought the mozzarella), so I’m practicing!

PS: Smart hat of your dad’s!

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innerpickle
April 28, 2012 at 10:14 am

Hello Melanie! Very good question – I reckon we allow powdered milk so we can make condensed milk, don’t you think?! I also use it in my yoghurt, I admit… and sometimes in custard. Technically it’s packaged – but it’s an ingredient, not a food, so I reckon it passes.

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innerpickle
April 28, 2012 at 10:15 am

Go you good thing xx

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innerpickle
April 28, 2012 at 10:24 am

Yay Christina! I used to go to Rocklea when I lived in Tarragindi! (And the Salisbury Aldi!) Also West End Saturday produce market – loved that one, and Northey St Organic. I reckon $100 a week is sensible and realistic, I’d love to try to get it down to $60….

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innerpickle
April 28, 2012 at 10:25 am

It IS a lot of work, isn’t it?! I reckon if you work full time and even have a small tilt at it you are completely awesome. I hope you have a restful weekend. xx

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SB
April 28, 2012 at 11:34 am

Thank you for the photo!!!!!! I’ve never seen it before! Its awesome. I am assuming you have the hard copy? And, you’ll be delighted to hear, I’ve committed to a fortnightly shop and trying to make as much as possible from scratch! I know!
O got told he had to lower his blood pressure a little so he needs to cut out as much salt as possible- did you know that rice bubbles has 7? 8? times the recommended salt per 100g? cornflakes has about 5 time too much and even the old faithful weet bix has too much! Turns out if you want to lower your salt you really have no choice but to use whole foods and cook from scratch 🙂 So, for slightly different reasons to many, I’m on board 🙂

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Racheal
April 28, 2012 at 7:33 pm

Great challenge, i look forward to hearing the ‘rules’ i’m feeling the need to cut out a few things and am keen to get on board with the challenge!

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Christina
April 28, 2012 at 8:11 pm

The markets were rained out today, but we did manage a spot of op-shopping and a trip to an independant fruit and veg shop instead. I’d love to get our groceries down to $60 a week! Dairy free alternatives are expensive though. As is dog and cat food and kitty litter. But once our gardens are up and going, who knows how much we could save? 🙂

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Colleen
April 29, 2012 at 8:37 pm

Oooohhh I can’t wait until your from scratch month starts, I would love to join. I think it may just be the kick up the butt I need lol. I have been wanting to force myself to do more “from scratch make your own” experiments so I am really looking forward to joining in if thats okay 🙂
Yippee!!
Cheers
Colleen

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Melissa
April 30, 2012 at 9:50 pm

My husband just asked what I was doing & I told him I was reading my fave blog. I said to him “I don’t know how this chick does it? She has 3 kids, makes virtually everything from scratch, has a free range egg business along with other things like pigs, & a biscuit “factory”, and always seems to be chipper. But you know why I love her best? Because she tried to give up sugar but didn’t last long.” No offence on that bit, I’d love to give up sugar too but have absolutely no self control! You are really inspiring. I’ve started making lots more from scratch (I’ll never buy hummus again!) & I’m really looking forward to the challenge. Mind you, I have a super fussy 4 year old which is a challenge in itself (she loves baked beans but wasn’t a fan of the home made version, unlike the many others who tried them & loved them). Cheers, Mel 🙂

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philippa
May 1, 2012 at 1:18 am

You are my “make from scratch” hero! I often ask myself “what would Fi do?” when faced with a make-from-scratch situation!

Recently I’ve been won over to buying dried chickpeas and cooking them up – three 500g bags made a curry, a soup and heaps of hummus, plus I froze the rest of the chickpeas in a big tub to grab a cup or two from when making another curry or casserole (or more hummus). It cost something like £2 for the three bags, bargain. You’re lucky if you can get two cans of cooked chickpeas for that, and you end up with maybe 2 cups!

I’ve also made pesto (only way to get a decent dairy free one!), bread and ANZACS this last week. I’m looking forward to more of your from scratch adventures! xx

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innerpickle
May 1, 2012 at 9:15 am

Aw seriously this comment just made my day, thank you so much Mel. I still feel bad that I clapped out of the sugar challenge, Im so glad to hear it from that perspective!!! You know what I have a SUPER fussy five year old. Really. I have to talk more about that. And my almost two year old isnt that great either doeant really eat fruit! Thanks for this though, I appreciate it. x

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innerpickle
May 1, 2012 at 9:17 am

Hooray for dried chick peas! The ultimate frugal staple. Even after the challenge, I think I still have eight kilograms in the pantry. Thanks honey xx

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