How much do you have to love a person in order to give them your last ration of goat's fetta? 

In the case of our friends Linda and Matt, here for lunch today, it was a cinch. Goodbye goat's fetta.




I still have a lot of flour (like, 25kgs) and a good stock of olives and lots of fresh herbs. I thought pizzas were a good use for this awesome hunk of pumpkin given to me by my other Vanessa, the amazing permaculture gardener.




I have about eight bottles of wine, tampons to last at least three months and lots of dried beans – which you are bound to hear about in the coming days.

But this morning, as I rushed to fetch milk for Ivy, I drained my last bottle. I looked at it in my hand and thought for a second, screw this idea – the baby needs milk. 

Then I picked up a dozen eggs and drove to my nearest dairy. Actually not my nearest. But a friendly dairy somewhere in the area. And traded eggs for milk. 





Apart from anything, Adam and I have been reading The Untold Story of Milk and we're dead set on getting some into the kids, particularly Henry. Bring on the raw milk revolution. I want to be part of it. (And if I ever actually am part of it, you can bet I won't be publishing about it here.) But I digress.

Linda and Matt asked if they could bring anything for lunch and while I insisted on nothing, they insisted on something, and Adam suggested bread. I leapt on the idea. I admit, for all my posturing on homemade bread around here, it's been many weeks since we had a homemade loaf. (Like at least 4, since we moved.) We have an awesome sourdough bakery here locally which has solved my problem but it's no good to me now! 

I dug my yeast out of the fridge to make the pizzas, and I have only about three loaves-worth left. Eek. My sourdough starter has died. It takes five days. Better get started. 

Anyway, Adam suggested they bring bread, which they did.




I don't believe I have ever photographed a loaf of bread I didn't make myself. There you go. How good does it look?! 

I've been worrying a bit about toilet paper, just quietly. I'm sure we can figure out an alternative but I don't want it to knock us out if this challenge early. 

Anyway Linda and Matt needed to borrow a car tomorrow, so we offered ours: in exchange for toilet paper!


I'm eyeing off the last hunk of cheddar tonight – how much do I wish I could make cheese?! We don't have a shopping list anymore, but a wish list, and rennet is on it. And yeast.

We're at the end of day four. 

Reckon we'll make it to Easter?



18 Comments on “guests

March 30, 2012 at 5:03 am

Now I’ve got to keep reading to see how you get on, good news about the tampons, as running out would be a bit of a downer. I feel the need to stockpile and its all your fault.

March 30, 2012 at 6:28 am

I don’t have the skills to make cheddar, but there is nothing easier than homemade cream cheese (or Labneh. All you need is plain yogurt and some muslin and about 12 hours. I add fresh or dried herbs to mine, roll it in balls and store it in the fridge in olive oil. Yum yum. Here’s more…

Nancy in Canada
March 30, 2012 at 7:36 am

You might want to find a way to trade for a new Diva cup, cuz 3 mos aint no time at all for tampons!

If you have cashews, you can make a ‘cream cheese’ from them… Intarwebs to the rescue!

We are rooting for you..

March 30, 2012 at 9:01 am

Wow, that is one heck of challenge you have taken on. I don’t doubt your tenacity … but I can’t in all honesty see you lasting to Easter (or beyond). Go on, prove me wrong…! x

March 30, 2012 at 8:15 pm

Yoghurt and muslin = cheese, I do believe we’ve done that in the past lovely! xx


I havn’t popped onto your blog in a while but I am glad I did today! This is a very interesting idea and I will be watching to see how this “game” ends. I know one thing…it will end with more money in your bank account and some interesting tales to tell (or blog)! Glad I came to visit!

March 31, 2012 at 4:34 am

I second the diva/moon cup idea. Something to think about after your challenge if you can’t trade for one at this time? I’d never go back to tampons now, personally. Love it!

I also second the ‘family cloth’ suggestion someone made in yesterday’s post. I (finally, after thinking about it for ages) cut up old t-shirts and fleece wipes (from my nappying days) and the girls in our family use them for #1’s. We still use loo paper (and I don’t make visitors use cloth) but it makes it last longer.

Good luck with the challenge, I think it sounds really interesting. In the UK the petrol tanker drivers are currently threatening strike, and I find the whole 9 meals from anarchy thing intriguing. Don’t think I could get DH on board though…

March 31, 2012 at 10:47 am

2. MIX DOUGH Combine flour, cornstarch, sugar, baking powder, and salt in large bowl. Combine water and olive oil in liquid measuring cup. Stir water mixture into flour mixture until dough starts to come together. Turn dough onto lightly floured surface and knead 3 or 4 times, until cohesive.

3. ROLL DOUGH Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position, place pizza stone (or inverted baking sheet) on rack, and heat oven to 475 degrees. Divide dough into 2 equal pieces. Working with 1 piece of dough at a time, press into small circle and transfer to parchment paper dusted lightly with flour. Using rolling pin, roll and stretch dough to form 12-inch circle, rotating parchment as needed. Lift parchment and pizza off work surface onto inverted baking sheet.

This recipe is for Kansas City Style Pizza, from our American Test Kitchen TV show. Was watching this morning and thought of you! The great thing is, this only takes 10 minutes to throw together. For the sauce they use a can of tomato sauce with 3tablespoons of tomato paste, add fresh herbs, salt and pepper and on the pizza it goes! Hope this helps?!

March 31, 2012 at 10:50 am

Watch This Recipe
You can make terrific pizza without yeast.

Season 4: St. Louis Cooking
Makes two 12-inch pizzas

We like to use a baking stone (also called a pizza stone), which heats evenly and helps crisp crusts, but if you don’t have one, bake the pizzas on an inverted, preheated rimmed baking sheet.

1(8-ounce) can tomato sauce
3tablespoons tomato paste
2tablespoons chopped fresh basil
1tablespoon sugar
2teaspoons dried oregano
2cups shredded white American cheese
1/2cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
3drops liquid smoke
2cups all-purpose flour
2tablespoons cornstarch
2teaspoons sugar
1teaspoon baking powder
1teaspoon salt
1/2cup plus 2 tablespoons water

Here’s the beginning of the recipe! Please let me know if this helps!

March 31, 2012 at 11:09 am

Sorry to keep posting, , the reason I sent,you this recipe is because THIS IS A NO YEAST PIZZA CRUST! And it is supposed to taste really good!

April 1, 2012 at 12:13 am

Sounds like you are on a roll….I’m quite confident you’ll make it to Easter, maybe even beyond 🙂

April 2, 2012 at 7:01 pm

I am with you in the game. Except that our game is not really a game. Our bakkie (pickup) was rolled by someone who thought it could be a rally car. For the last three weeks I have shopped in my pantry, garden and freezer. Ok, we did buy loo paper, light bulbs and peanut butter, but I am really trying to stay off the spending to ease things for a bit.

It’s amazing how much we actually have available when we get a bit creative. I also find such a heightened appreciation for a meal that has seemingly been made from ‘nothing’. As they say, necessity is the father of invention. My family will often open the fridge and see ‘nothing to eat’ then sit down to a delicious meal a while later.

I am loving your journey. Keep it up.

April 2, 2012 at 9:29 pm

I wish I had stockpiled 🙂

April 2, 2012 at 9:30 pm

Yeah I saw this on Sarah’s site too – we do a similar thing to make yoghurt balls, I might try this this week xx

April 2, 2012 at 9:31 pm

9 meals from anarchy? am googling this…

April 2, 2012 at 9:33 pm

Thanks for this Julie! I appreciate the time you took to send this! I dropped by and saw the pics of this on your blog and that pizza looks yummy!! No doubt we will be experimenting with no-yeast pizza dough imminently! Thanks x

April 2, 2012 at 9:37 pm

I’m just catching up on your interesting South African farm story Cath! And yes, there is something very satisfying about that kind of elasticity!! x

April 2, 2012 at 10:10 pm

We drank raw milk on our summer holidays. My son will not touch milk but he drank raw milk by the truck load. I wish I could get my hands on some in Canberra!


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