I had two new year resolutions.  They were: 1. Being able to walk through my house without bits of stuff sticking to my feet.  2. No throwing out food, not ever. So far I'm not doing brilliantly on either.  My house really isn't that dirty, but there's a lot of outside tracked inside […]

Making vanilla extract

    It would be completely fair to call me puritanical when it comes to vanilla. Vanilla "essence" makes me a little bit angry. It's like maple "flavoured" syrup. Why, I beg you, why? If you're like me and you flinch at the $10 for the bottle of the real stuff of either one, we […]

the happy makers (for freaks)

  Making: homemade butter homemade bread homemade yoghurt and my new experiment: homemade buttermilk. Happy happy happy. Hope you've had a weekend of happy too. xxx

Make your own UNBELIEVABLE icecream

HA! Did you think it was safe to drop by here on a Tuesday?! It's not a slice of Wednesday day. It's not even Friday night dessert night! It'll be OK. She might just post a photo of a goose.    HUZZAH!!! Now let's talk for just a minute. We are all about healthy eating […]

healthy blueberry muffins

  I'll be honest: blueberry muffins aren't my favourite.  When I was at uni, the cafe in Manning House sold these enormous ridiculously processed choc chip muffins that set the bar for all muffin action since. I loved them. Henry loves blueberry though. And there's nothing like a Henry to get me baking (even after […]

buttermilk icecream

Had enough of the dairy yet? No, me either.    My first caveat would have to be that the kids did not like this. They're a bit spoilt with homemade vanilla icecream and I thought this would be similar just with a higher fat content, but it does taste different, a bit tarter, and freezes […]

making sour cream

Homemade sour cream, hmmmmmm. And about as easy as leaving cream out on the bench, with a bit of buttermilk help.  SO good.  Here's how. (Adapted from The Home Creamery.)   Ingredients: 2 cups cream ('light' cream is recommended, but I use the same pouring cream for everything: butter, icecream, sour cream, cooking etc. Works […]

make your own butter

  I think I just heard my sister, maybe both of them, slapping their foreheads with the palm of their hands. There was a muttered, will you just BUY the damn butter, along with the head banging. They're right. It's ridiculous. I have three small children, a clean washing pile that takes up a double […]

feeding the baby meat

This post is sponsored by Nuffnang If you’ve been following along here you might have been around for Meat Free May last year. We went from a fairly low red-meat-eating base (about twice a week) to zero for a month, for primarily ecological reasons. I was pregnant with baby number three, Ivy, and after May, […]

this could be the start of something big

Five days ago I started a sourdough starter, first time.    I followed Arabella Forge's recipe from her book Frugavore, and used organic rye flour.  I fed it regularly, made sure it was a comfortable temperature and checked up on it frequently.    On day five though, Arabella claimed I should be seeing some good bubble […]