Starting the week like I mean it.


I've been forgetting to blog. I apologise if you've checked in here to find me away. I was baking a gazillion bikkies for market stalls, finally getting proper egg labels for our cartons (not just home printed ones that need glueing on!), trying to figure out if I can make something edible from all the stinging nettles springing up around here, and most enjoyably of all, hanging out with a visiting sister. Hooray!

My most beloved Naomi is here at present.

And with her, two divine nieces who are so much bigger than they were just six months ago. 

We're having a bundle of fun.

Everywhere I look there are cousins playing. Gardening. Trampolining. It's awesome. 





We've been busy talking to a distributer who wants to pick up our bikkies. We went to a cattle auction and came home without a cow. We bought our first roll-away nesting box, more on that this week. We've been contracted to grow broiler chickens for an amazing local restaurant, The Hungry Duck, and we're so excited to be on David Campbell's menu because the man can COOK. 

We cooked a huge leg of homegrown pork for my Dad's birthday lunch (I say "we" and I mean Adam and Dad, I was selling biscuits!) and apart from being delicious, it fed the whole extended family that day then as pork fried rice, pork pie and pork lasagne for the next week. (I think we're porked out for now.)

This week I'm not going to rush around frenetically then forget to bake any bread or take a single photo. 

I'm starting a new sourdough starter since my freneticness killed the last one. 

I'm doing my pilates exercises.

I'm making a slice for Slice of Wednesday.

I'm making time for tea with the people I adore (one of whom DID come home from the cattle auction with a cow!)





Honestly, you'd swear she was checking the fences.



Is there something that amidst the flurry makes you feel sane? Finding a use for nettles? Making a loaf of bread? A big glass of red wine?

For me: being here. It's better than a prescription drug. (I assume.)

Hope your week is shaping up deliberately too.



10 Comments on “Starting the week like I mean it.

Judy Anderson
July 30, 2012 at 3:45 am

Good Day Fiona!
I’m enjoying your blog here on the other side of the world. Everything on your blog is wonderful!!
When you asked about doing something with stinging nettles it brought back memories of my parents who are now both gone. They made a soup which was basicly the nettles and lots of barley. Sorry they didn’t have a recipe and I don’t have any idea what else went in the soup.
Take Care!!
Judy from Canada

Cassandra Allen
July 30, 2012 at 5:42 am

That last photo is my fave. Me? I’ve been rediscovering nettles too, drinking nettle tea and learning to make nettle Purin for the garden (not sure what it’s called in English? but it’s exciting stuff!)

Amanda @ mammajoy
July 30, 2012 at 7:40 am

So lovely to hear from you! Sisters are the best kind of visitors, I have a sis called Naomi too and she lights up the house when she is here. Sounds like you’ve been very busy with your lovely little farm.

July 30, 2012 at 8:07 am

Nettle tea, that sounds great. Adam took that shot of Tilds. Its lovely, right? Hes very clever. xx

July 30, 2012 at 8:16 am

I’m working on mono tasking again…we make nettle pasta with the kids, they seem to enjoy the green tinge! Take care and welcome back.

Melissa with the dreads! Just so you know :)
July 30, 2012 at 9:18 am

Ahhh…Nettles! I spent many Spring/Summers consuming them in my younger days. Wish I had some growing, but my husband might think I have completely lost it if I plant nettle in our small suburban backyard. He already looked at me with concern when I planted Dandelions in a pot!! . I love nettle infusion…really perks me up. Susun Weed – Wise Woman is where I learnt that one, but some can’t handle the “Earthy” taste of it. Nettle Pesto, savoury Nettle Chips (kind of like the Kale version), Nettle Pasta and Nettle Beer (River Cottage has a wonderful tutorial somewhere on the internet for that one). You have brought back some wonderful Nettle memories for me…. I buy dried nettle in bulk now, I may have to come and visit you one day to get some fresh. Perhaps you could market some seasonal Nettle crackers? Or perhaps savoury cheese, Nettle biscuits? šŸ™‚

July 30, 2012 at 10:17 am

I’m looking forward to seeing what you come up with for the nettles. I’ve been eyeing off a patch near our new place. So far i’m planning on drying some for tea and also using it as a vegetable green in frittata or similar. I buy a home made hair conditioner made from nettle – i might try and make that myself.

AND A COW!!!!! Milking?

I milked a goat on the weekend. and I think I’ve swayed back to milking goat rather than milking cow. Such a tough decision šŸ˜‰

July 30, 2012 at 11:03 am

Sounds and looks like you are enjoying living in the “present”.

And making memories.

Darren (Green Change)
July 31, 2012 at 8:52 am

So cool that you’ll be supplying David Campbell! That’s awesome, congratulations.

August 1, 2012 at 5:31 am

You can use nettles for anything you would use spinach, kale, or whatever “greens”

I have a great recipe for greens (but I usually use beet greens from my thinning)

a big pile of greens, rinsed and chopped
2-4 Tablespoon bacon fat/butter/olive oil (a mix or any one)
1 med. onion, diced
2-3 cloves garlic, crushed
1/2 cup water (or not if your greens are wet)
1 Tablespoon sugar
pinch – 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (chili pepper type)
juice of 1/2 lemon

Saute onions in fat 2 minutes (you can add beet green stems if you want). Add garlic and continue to saute until soft. Add water, sugar & flakes and greens; loosen any fond that has developed and toss all to coat. Lower to simmer and continue to cook 5-15 minutes or until greens are tender (I stir it now and then during this time). Stir in lemon juice and serve.


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